2007: 130. Died in the Wool

“I am Mrs. Rubrick of Mount Moon,” said the golden-headed lady. “And I should like to come in.”

Died in the Wool, Ngaio Marsh

Another Alleyn in New Zealand mystery, this one set on a wool farm.  This mystery has just about the most ingenious/grossest method of hiding the body I have ever read.  Put simply, the corpse is found, rotting in a bale of wool, where it has been pressed, sold and shipped away. Yuck! But ingenious!

The victim is Flossie Rubrick, MP and force of nature, and her nephew in law, Francis, is the one who can’t get over her unsolved murder.  So, he invites Alleyn out to Mount Moon farm to solve the crime.  Which (this being a novel) Alleyn does.  It is a pretty run of the mill mystery - I figured out who dunnit early (though I might have remembered from when I read it before), but I enjoyed it well enough.  It had a bit of the war/espionage/Nazi nonsense, but not too much, and basically it was a decent read.

Recommended for:  People who like their mysteries to have gruesome murders; people in love with their employer’s spouses


Date/Place Completed: 8/16/07; D.C.

Categories: Fiction; Re-read

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