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Died in the Wool Hardcover – September 1, 1980


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Amereon Ltd (September 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0884114821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0884114826
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,365,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''Ngaio Marsh is one of the detective novelists whose books I regularly re-read, always the test of a good detective story.'' --P.D. James

''In her ironic and witty hands the mystery novel can be civilized literature.'' --New York Times

''In the front rank of crime-story writers.'' --The Times

''The finest writer in the English language of the pure, classical puzzle whodunnit. Among the crime queens, Ngaio Marsh stands out as an Empress.'' --The Sun

''It's time to start comparing Christie to Marsh instead of the other way around.'' --New York magazine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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NGAIO MARSH, (1895-1982), born in New Zealand, wrote over thirty detective novels. Many of her stories had theatrical settings, as Marsh's real passion was for the theater. She was both an actress and a producer, and almost single-handedly revived the New Zealand public's interest in live theater. In 1966 she was made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By MK Writer on August 7, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I should probably read a bio on Ngaio Marsh, because I'm interested in knowing if she lived on a sheep farm when growing up in New Zealand - she seems to know an awful lot about wool! At any rate, this is another classic Marsh novel, though I do still miss Fox and co., as is the case with all the Inspector Alleyn novels set in New Zealand. Alleyn is performing War duty for the Special Services branch, when he responds to a call from a house where a Member of Parliament has been found murdered by being encased in a bale of wool on her own sheep farm. While there are household jealousies and inheritances, there is also a question of secret machinery plans being stolen and given to the enemy. As usual, the characters are finely drawn, and the plot superb (not to mention a bit bizarre!).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Yet another enthralling mystery by Marsh... The characters are realistic even their flaws. Died In The Wool- is set in New Zealand during the onset of WWll. A zealous, outspoken,and very popular MP is found dead in a bail of her own wool. The question is the motive. Had she made enemies because of her shrewdness, or was she caught in the middle of international espionage? Inspector Alleyn is brought in. Thanks to emotional and often biased analysis of this formidable woman by her relatives and employees, Alleyn recreates the circumstances that forced her murder.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Neal J. Pollock VINE VOICE on July 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautifully written murder mystery that's also, to some degree, an espionage novel. As per several of her books, New Zealander Marsh places her detective Alleyn in NZ--this time during WW II. Thus, the usual cast of supporting characters such as Inspector Fox are absent as are the local police (except by reference). As in very few of her novels, Alleyn is on his own--but of course he solves the mystery. Similarly, while the mystery is good IMHO, the best part of the book is the writing--esp. the characterizations and the phraseology. The mystery revolves around
1) a dynamic Member of Parliament-- p. 172: "It all hangs on her. The kind of woman she was."
2) her relationships with the people on her sheep station-- p. 238: "Isn't there something unsound in a happiness that fails in the light?"
3) on a remote South Island plateau-- p. 270: "When you pause at midnight in this house, the landscape comes in through the windows & sends something exciting down your spinal column."

It's told via individual expositions by the main characters in separate chapters where, of course, one is tempted to jump to logical, but incorrect, conclusions about both the happenings & the people involved. For me, It was a very fast read--and highly enjoyable, perhaps one of her most enjoyable. Unfortunately, I have but one more of Marsh's novels to enjoy. The page #s refer to a March 1945, 270 page Little Brown, Boston edition. This novel is, interestingly, included in a set of 3 by different mystery masters:
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