Died in the Wool (Roderick Alleyn Series #13)

Died in the Wool (Roderick Alleyn Series #13)

by Ngaio Marsh


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World War II rages on, and Inspector Alleyn continues as the Special Branch’s eyes and ears in New Zealand. While his primary brief is spy-catching, he’s also happy to help with old-fashioned policing. Flossie Rubrick, an influential Member of Parliament and the wife of a sheep farmer, is murdered. Had she made political enemies? Had a mysterious legacy prompted her death? Or could the shadowy world of international espionage have intruded on this quiet farm?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937384562
Publisher: Felony & Mayhem, LLC
Publication date: 07/07/2014
Series: Roderick Alleyn Series , #13
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 462,908
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Ngaio Marsh, born Edith Ngaio Marsh in 1895, grew up in Christchurch, New Zealand. She wrote 32 mystery novels between 1934 and 1982, earning her widespread acclaim and comparisons to Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, and Margery Allingham. In addition to writing, she pursued her passion for theater and directed a number of plays as a member of the University of Canterbury Drama Society. Her Shakespearian productions were highly praised, and many of her mystery novels reflect her interest in theater, with drama-centered plots and characters. She also wrote plays, essays, and an autobiography titled Black Beech and Honeydew. In 1966 she was named Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her accomplishments in the arts, and in 1978 she was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. Dame Ngaio Marsh split her time between New Zealand and the UK, and died in Christchurch in 1982. Her home there is now a museum

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Died in the Wool 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
smik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As with COLOUR SCHEME (see mini-review below) Ngaio Marsh used World War II as the setting for DIED IN THE WOOL. Roderick Alleyn from Scotland Yard was in New Zealand as part of the war effort, seeking out fifth columnists and espionage undermining the war effort.Mount Moon station on the South Island is being used by two young men as a base for developing a new anti-aircraft device, and the authorities believe that the blueprints have been leaked.Marsh uses the setting as a country house, closed venue, mystery. There can only be a certain number of suspects, because of the isolation of the station. Alleyn arrives at Mount Moon over 18 months after Flossie Rubrick's murder and in fact after the death of her husband from illness.One of the interesting ploys of the plot is that Alleyn assembles the main characters and gets them each to tell their opinions of the dead Flossie, who does not appear to have been a very nice character at all.It was interesting to hear of the things that were concerning the characters (and by extension the author) late in the War. Flossie is very conscious that she must contribute to the war effort, although her offers of assistance to the War Cabinet in London have been repulsed. Three of the young people at Mount Moon station have already been "over there". The preoccupation with the possible presence of enemy agents is also interesting.I thought there were a few things apart from the setting that dated the book. The style was a bit ponderous and the vocabulary contained words no longer in frequent use. The plot was very carefully crafted though and has worn well.
raizel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I guessed whodunit by page 20, so what was interesting was gradually learning about the victim as more people give their versions of what happened. She becomes less noble and more controlling as the story progresses. Perhaps like Lady Catherine de Bourgh.
mmyoung on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great improvement on her previous book (Colour Scheme). Marsh was still constrained by the reality of writing a murder mystery in the middle of a war and her need (perhaps thrust upon her by her publishers) to make Alleyn appear in the book. The logic of the book collapses under any serious scrutiny. SPOILER -- as Alleyn's explanation at the end of the book makes clear there were only two people who were ever, serious likely candidates as spies, the authorities knew that, the "secret" at risk was vital and they already had an agent in place. There is no logical reason for them to have waited so long to act on their concerns or waited until a member of the household asked for intervention. Marsh is constrained, as are many of her characters, by an imagination limited by class and cultural assumptions.Given all those limitations the characters in this book are far more three dimensional than those of her previous book -- within the notable exception of the person "who did it".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't ever had an issue with Marsh's Inspector Alleyn.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And need to replace a few tattered ones. Are being reissued i trade size but slowly those books set in new zealand are a favorite for place but the rural death of a fool and overture to death and dead water classic english