- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3830 KB
- Print Length: 261 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 193738456X
- Publisher: HarperCollins (29 October 2009)
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003062GOE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 54 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #414,471 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Died in the Wool (The Ngaio Marsh Collection) Kindle Edition
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THE ALLEYN MYSTERIES
One summer evening in 1942 Flossie Rubrick, one of the most formidable women in New Zealand, goes to her husband's wool shed to rehearse a patriotic speech – and disappears.
Three weeks later she turns up at an auction – packed inside one of her own bales of wool and very, very dead…
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It was written in quite a strange and distinctive style that I found quite hard going at times. This might be cultural - New Zealand - or of its time - the Second World War - but I have read many such books and have not found them as hard to like. I finished it because I wanted to know the outcome but I did not feel engaged with the characters or particularly gripped by the story.
Roderick Alleyn in wartime is no longer doing detective work but deployed on security issues. There’s been a leak of documents from the Mount Moon farm, where two young men are working on a top-secret device for the military. There’s a possibility that the murder and the espionage are linked, so Alleyn gets to investigate both. As he learns all the secrets of the young people at the farm and some of the staff, fascinating personal dramas emerge.
The story is rich in descriptions of sheep shearing, the sorting and baling of wool, and the auctioning off of the bales. The shearing shed is the perfect setting for murder. And Flossie with her complex and forceful character dominates the plot even after death.
I guessed the murderer fairly early on, despite some strong red herrings. But I still enjoyed every stage of Alleyn’s investigation.
Died in the Wool was first published in 1945. The action takes place in 1939 and 1942.