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Summary

Ngaio Marsh returns to her New Zealand roots to transplant the classic country house murder mystery to an upland sheep station on South Island - and produces one of her most exotic and intriguing novels.

One summer evening in 1942, Flossie Rubrick, MP, one of the most formidable women in New Zealand, goes to her husband’s wool shed to rehearse a patriotic speech - and disappears.

Three weeks later she turns up at an auction – packed inside one of her own bales of wool and very, very dead....

©1945 Original Text of 1945 by Ngaio Marsh (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

"The brilliant Ngaio Marsh ranks with Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers." ( Times Literary Supplement)
"In her ironic and witty hands the mystery novel can be civilized literature." ( New York Times)
"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 the front rank of crime-story writers." ( The Times)

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Ruined by the narration

What did you like best about Died in the Wool? What did you like least?

The story is classic Ngaio Marsh, but I find the narration highly irritating. I assume this is a very old recording that Audible has reused. I think this Ngaio Marsh series needs an update. I love her books, but find these performances excruciating to listen to.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Every female character sounds like a parody pantomime dame and most of the men sound like Kenneth Williams doing high camp. It's a pity because I found James Saxon a very watchable actor on TV, but he seems to have been directed to make these narrations as "thespy" as possible and it is too cringeworthy to listen to and enjoy.

Any additional comments?

Please update the Ngaio Marsh books with a different narrator.

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Dipping into a mystery from the Golden Age

One of Ngaio Marsh's strongest whodunits set in New Zealand on a sheep ranch. A truly gruesome account of the hiding of the victim's body and a fantastic evocation of NZ in the forties.

James Saxon is the perfect narrator for the series.

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  • Sally Dobbs
  • 26-08-16

Don't miss this one

I almost skipped reading this one because the setting was not in England. It is undoubtably the very best of her work.

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  • Beverly Taylor
  • 02-07-17

Good story somewhat marred

James Saxon has recorded a number of Ngaio marsh books. He always starts overdramatizing and camping up the characters to an alarming amount and his accents are so thick you can hardly understand the words. Then he eventually settles down and does well