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Died in the Wool (1945) von Ngaio Marsh
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Died in the Wool (1945) (Original 1945; 1945. Auflage)

von Ngaio Marsh (Autor)

Reihen: Roderick Alleyn (13)

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When Parliament member Florence Rubrick is found dead in a bale of wool, Inspector Alleyn visits her New Zealand country home. There he learns secrets aplenty lurk in the floorboards of that sheep station, and one conceals a murderous motive.
Mitglied:RedQueen
Titel:Died in the Wool (1945)
Autoren:Ngaio Marsh (Autor)
Info:St. Martin (1998) Paperback
Sammlungen:eBook, Deine Bibliothek, Mystery
Bewertung:****
Tags:Roderick Alleyn, classic British, New Zealand, 13, Golden Age, Oleksiw's 100 Classic British Mysteries, police procedural, Detection Club

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Died in the Wool von Ngaio Marsh (1945)

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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?

I listened to this as an audiobook in 2012, one of the few not narrated by James Saxon. I recently found a paper copy, slim enough to fit the handbag, so read again before letting it go.

This story was originally published in 1945,at the tail end of WWII.

On loan to New Zealand, investigating potential anti-war sympathies and trade secrets, Alleyn is called onto a sheep farm. The farm owner's wife - a local MP - died in suspicious circumstances 16 months before (she ended up in a wool bale). The couple are childless, and Flossie has spent her younger years collecting waifs and strays who still reside in the house - some of them people continue designing items for the war effort. It has been rumoured that some of those designs had been leaked (turns out to be true), which gives Alleyn the cover to go in and investigate.

The first third of the book has a lot of talking to set up the story and collect the deposition of those who remain on site who remember the incident. Lots of twists and turns, some suspects spotted earlier than others. Lots of talking in the first half, but that's one of the ways to get the info to the reader and a lot less dry than other routes.

Spread over a couple of days on a working farm in the middle of nowhere, Alleyn needs to find out not only who killed Flossie, but what he can about the stolen plans. Many of the group are hiding something from him, either to protect themselves or each other, even the dead.

It's always difficult to review books like this without giving away some of the plot so: sub 300 pages, with a large if rather restrained cast and the threat of WWII still hanging over people, and it's a decently plotted book, even if some of the events are sign posted a large distance away ( )
  nordie | Jan 30, 2021 |
I read this first many years ago. Maybe fifty? Yikes. I remembered how the body was discovered, in a bale of wool. I remembered that Roderick Alleyn was the Scotland Yard detective who went to New Zealand to investigate. The rest I did not remember. Only that I liked it, as I tend to like all Marsh's mysteries.

Alleyn is called in somewhat unofficially by the owner of property where a woman was killed. The local police force had worked on the case a year ago and had not been able to solve it. After Alleyn is installed in the house he has dinner with the occupants. After dinner he mainly sits back while each tells the story of the time when the lady of the house was murdered.

Instead of asking questions Alleyn does his best to stay in the background, encouraging each to offer feelings as well as facts, and continually stressing the fact that they are not bound to do anything. They all do, of course, in time, making for a very long night. More than half the book is taken by this one night, which I found interesting. Yes, this was the typical case where the field of suspects is limited and all available together (a common mechanism for the time this mystery was written), but the inclusion of so much emotion was not so usual for the time.

The following day Alleyn investigates the murder scene: where the wool is baled. And speaks with the workers who were there that day. He encounters a fair amount of reticence, as much natural as in opposition to the intrusion of yet another police person. He notices a number of things about the location and draws conclusions about how the murder was done and who could have done it.

Little by little the many motives show up, the alibis are blown, the mysteries increase. But Alleyn is on the case and in no time he has it wrapped up. Not quite as planned.
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  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
Now this one is more like it! It features Mr. Alleyn from the beginning. It's still set in NZ and features both a murder and his war work of dealing with the Nazis, and seems most appropriate to read during our current political climate. The people are well drawn and complex, and the murderer hard to figure out. There's a good bit of psychology in it, and it is well thought out.

The hardest thing about listening to this one is that it features someone with a head wound, and I'm home listening to books as I recover from a concussion! ( )
  mirihawk | May 21, 2020 |
World War II rages on, and Inspector Alleyn continues as the Special Branch's eyes and ears in New Zealand. Flossie Rubrick, an influential Member of Parliament and the wife of a sheep farmer, is murdered. Had she made political enemies? Could the shadowy world of international espionage have intruded on this quiet farm?

This whole story take place on a sheep farm in New Zealand as Inspector Alleyn talks casually or formally to the many people who either live or work on the farm. There was a rather long conversation with a group of people early in the book and was a bit slow. But the pace picked up. This was a pretty good story and I enjoyed the variety of characters. ( )
  gaylebutz | Aug 11, 2019 |
The descriptions of New Zealand were stunning. I could almost smell the air. Some charts or diagrams of the wool shearing process itself would have been a wonderful addition. ( )
  MaryHeleneMele | May 6, 2019 |
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