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4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual example of Marsh's storytelling, set in New Zealand
Flossie Rubrick is a formidable New Zealand Member of Parliament and lives on a remote sheep farm with members of her family, one of whom may be spying for her country's enemies.

One evening during the summer of 1942 Flossie disappears after she goes to her husband's shed to rehearse a patriotic speech. Three weeks later she turns up dead at an auction, inside...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A well-spun yarn, but not too colorful
The chief suspects in this murder mystery each describe their version of events, some eighteen months after the crime. This gives the story a most unusual and intriguing structure. The characters are well drawn, distinct without being overstated. There is also a fine sense of period and place, those being wartime New Zealand.
So why a grudging three stars? Well,...
Published on 17 Oct. 2003 by Peter Reeve


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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A well-spun yarn, but not too colorful, 17 Oct. 2003
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Peter Reeve (Thousand Oaks, CA USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Died in the Wool (Paperback)
The chief suspects in this murder mystery each describe their version of events, some eighteen months after the crime. This gives the story a most unusual and intriguing structure. The characters are well drawn, distinct without being overstated. There is also a fine sense of period and place, those being wartime New Zealand.
So why a grudging three stars? Well, the solution to the puzzle is rather plodding; a systematic analysis of details rather than a brilliant insight. Also there is a general dullness about the characters and their setting. I suppose that's not surprising, given they are on a remote farm in winter, suffering the deprivations of war and trying to come to terms with an unsolved murder. But it would have benefited from the occasional comic relief or lightness of touch that Dorothy L Sayers or Conan Doyle could have brought to it.
All in all, recommended for the unusual structure and setting (albeit the 'local colour' is mostly grey) and for the quality of the writing, which is very good, but don't expect a classic puzzle. The author even makes one error in the solution (don't worry, this is not a spoiler) when Alleyn says "Only (the guilty person) could have put...". Actually, one other person could have; namely the one who found said item. I will however concede that the build up to the climax is genuinely suspenseful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual example of Marsh's storytelling, set in New Zealand, 4 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Died in the Wool (Paperback)
Flossie Rubrick is a formidable New Zealand Member of Parliament and lives on a remote sheep farm with members of her family, one of whom may be spying for her country's enemies.

One evening during the summer of 1942 Flossie disappears after she goes to her husband's shed to rehearse a patriotic speech. Three weeks later she turns up dead at an auction, inside one of her husband's bales of wool.

Roderick Alleyn, working for military intelligence during World War II, visits New Zealand in the Autumn of 1943 to investigate possible Nazi spying and has to find out retrospectively what happened to Flossie and which of her extended family is both murderer and maybe enemy agent.

The plot structure is unusual with the investigation occuring 15 months after the murder and enables Marsh to develop the character of the victim, Flossie Rubrick, in unusual detail.

The New Zealand location, probably near Mount Cook, is well depicted in a story which is similar to the previous novel in the series, Colour Scheme, with Alleyn's counterespionage work providing a change from his normal police duties.

The unusual plot structure, setting and storytelling in this book make for a noteworthy example of Marsh's writing and I think this is well worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as ever, 27 May 2014
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'Died in the Wool' was published in 1945 and contains some fascinating pictures of how the war was experienced in Marsh's native New Zealand. “Flossie” Rubrick is an MP. She disappears, after visiting the wool shed on her sheep station and three weeks later, is found dead inside a bale of wool. A year later, her husband dies from an illness. Inspector Alleyn is in New Zealand as part of his war work and is commissioned to find out what happened to the controversial MP.
The book focuses on the evidence of various acquaintances, and to each of their testimonies, a chapter is given. We see how they perceived her. There are also problems relating to two young men doing secret war work on a new anti-aircraft device.
Childless Flossie has befriended various vulnerable young people who still live at the house. Alleyn must discover whether they are involved.
The book is well-plotted and as witty and well-written as all books by Ngaio Marsh.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read, 25 April 2014
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Anyone wanting to add a good book to their collection cant go wrong with this,it's excellent. A very good thriller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a first class product, 24 Sept. 2013
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this is an excellent whodunit by one of the queens of this genre. i hope to buy many more of her books in large print.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Poignant and realistic, 15 Aug. 2013
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All the characters in this novel are flawed, that is, believably human. Some have been hit by the effects of war, others simply by genetics. One or two seem stereotypical, but history suggests... Ms Marsh shows how people's secrets and shames influence their behaviour, and how official investigators can make mistakes when they simply don't know the background well enough and their own prejudices and preconceptions make them too stubborn to learn. NZ's high sheep country is beautifully and bleakly evoked, with the clear warning that any human presence is an invasion of this geologically stark landscape. But a more local and lethal invasion is on the cards: the book is set in WW2, with the islands under threat and the family at Mount Moon at the heart of the mystery. To make Inspector Alleyn's task even harder, the murder is now months old, evidence lost or hidden, and the household, each for different reasons, don't want to talk about it. Or they don't think they do.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, 26 April 2013
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Not as good as others but still a good read. I got bored a little through the read but she is still great
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5.0 out of 5 stars Died in the Wool, 25 Feb. 2013
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An excellent read. Longer than her usual books, which made it even more interesting. The New Zealand details are correct - I am one! A bit like the Agatha Christie books - you get to the end of a chapter and then have to read the next the cause you can't put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Different, but like all books by Ngaio Marsh I enjoyed it very much., 28 Nov. 2012
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I would recommend "Died in the Wool" to all lovers of Ngaio Marsh books and her hero Chief Detective-Inspector Roderick Alleyn.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read., 18 Feb. 2000
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This was the first Nagaio Marsh book that I have read. I am an Agatha Christie fan and really enjoy her books, but I have now found an excellent equal to Christie and would recommend Nagaio Marsh to all Murder Mystery readers.
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