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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (574 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ngaio Marsh Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455172573
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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, a Member of Parliament and one of the most formidable women in New Zealand, goes to her husband’s wool shed to rehearse a patriotic speech and disappears. It turns out she had the wool pulled over her eyes—quite literally. Three weeks later she’s found dead, her body pressed into a bale of wool.

When Inspector Roderick Alleyn pays a visit to her country home, he meets two fine, handsome men and two lovely young women, all of whom have reason to be grateful to dear Flossie for saving their lives. But as Inspector Alleyn learns, there are secrets aplenty hiding in the floorboards of that sheep station, and one in particular conceals a murderous motive that has the look and smell of treason.

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  • “Nadia May reads the tale in a hoarse, raspy voice, which seems appropriate for a story set on the dusty plains on New Zealand”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natacha | 2/18/2014

    " Good mystery but I found the dialogue implausible and the descriptions a little stilted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sergey | 2/13/2014

    " Inspector Alleyn solves an 18-month old murder. A very intriguing and interesting mystery. An enjoyable read for certain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kel | 2/6/2014

    " Alleyn investigates allegations in New Zealand during WWII. I liked the way Marsh gave us a portrait of the murdered woman through the eyes of the people who knew her best and were in the area when she died--thus exposing her killer even though a year had passed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 1/23/2014

    " Another of the New Zealand Alleyns, this book is most definitely a character study, and takes the format of the key witnesses each giving their own version of events, and of the murdered person. This is not a version I particularly enjoy, but it's well done here and the story satisfying over all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 1/22/2014

    " Well, what I wanted was the knitting mystery book, so I listened to this book without realizing that more came before it. Greatly enjoyed it, though, and will probably eventually start at the beginning of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meri | 1/14/2014

    " One of the hardest murders to withstand the description of, but the Lampreys rule! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 1/13/2014

    " Alleyn, still in New Zealand, searches a ranch for a murderer and a Nazi spy. Not as two-fisted as I would have hoped, but still a good one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Reenie | 12/26/2013

    " A New Zealand murder mystery, on a sheep station near Aorangi-Mt Cook, no less! Sign me up, if only for nostalgia. Though it does make wartime events and espionage(!!1!!one!) in New Zealand look much more exciting than they ever were. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyrie | 12/5/2013

    " Another New Zealand book set during WWII and I liked this one so much better than Colour Scheme - even if they are in the same era. Maybe the sheep farmers were more real than the resort owners? I don't know, but this was a good mystery full of real details. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donald Plugge | 11/28/2013

    " I enjoyed the mystery, however I really appreciated the New Zealand setting. It made the story all that much more distant and unique. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonja Livingston | 11/14/2013

    " Not my favorite, but still a good mystery with a New Zealand backdrop. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jz | 10/27/2013

    " Loved the setting, historical and geographical, and the character development. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela | 8/22/2013

    " Different type of mystery in that the murder happened over a year before. Not one of Marsh's best, but still better than 75% of what's out there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thalia | 4/16/2013

    " Jumping into my next Ngaio Marsh, even though it's out of order (I'm trying to read the Alleyn books in order, as some of the personal story will emerge that way). Great personal portraits, description of New Zealand, and feeling of civilian life during WWII. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris LaHatte | 3/23/2013

    " I had forgotten I had read this-I think 40 years ago? I have taken a stab at the date. I thought it was a bit quaint even then, and it may have been a school set book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ange | 3/20/2013

    " It's fun that the story takes place in New Zealand. Good old mystery with a limited number of suspects. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Starfish | 12/29/2012

    " Good, but although I didn't notice while reading it, this one left a decidely creepy after-taste. Not one to read while home alone, at least not if you're a wimp like me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandy | 9/12/2011

    " My first ever Ngaio Marsh and was pleasantly surprised - really quite good! And I didn't guess who the murderer was! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meri | 1/9/2011

    " One of the hardest murders to withstand the description of, but the Lampreys rule! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 12/26/2010

    " Another of the New Zealand Alleyns, this book is most definitely a character study, and takes the format of the key witnesses each giving their own version of events, and of the murdered person. This is not a version I particularly enjoy, but it's well done here and the story satisfying over all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Reenie | 12/24/2010

    " A New Zealand murder mystery, on a sheep station near Aorangi-Mt Cook, no less! Sign me up, if only for nostalgia. Though it does make wartime events and espionage(!!1!!one!) in New Zealand look much more exciting than they ever were. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 11/22/2010

    " I had forgotten I had read this-I think 40 years ago? I have taken a stab at the date. I thought it was a bit quaint even then, and it may have been a school set book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ange | 10/19/2010

    " It's fun that the story takes place in New Zealand. Good old mystery with a limited number of suspects. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonja | 2/21/2010

    " Not my favorite, but still a good mystery with a New Zealand backdrop. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kaethe | 10/22/2009

    " I just didn't care very much, although I can see the comparison to Christie

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee Ann | 6/24/2009

    " This was a very good psychological drama. She plays fair. You can peg the bad guy from the clues presented without any “author tricks.” I guessed him pretty early. The wartime spy angle was overplayed but not annoyingly so. This is one of the more cerebral entries in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Starfish | 4/27/2009

    " Good, but although I didn't notice while reading it, this one left a decidely creepy after-taste. Not one to read while home alone, at least not if you're a wimp like me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/3/2008

    " I enjoyed this classic mystery: the plot was smart, the characters interesting, and I appreciated the subtle humor of Inspector Alleyn. I'd read more in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sergey | 8/12/2007

    " Inspector Alleyn solves an 18-month old murder. A very intriguing and interesting mystery. An enjoyable read for certain. "

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About the Author
Author Ngaio Marsh

Ngaio Marsh (1895–1982), born in New Zealand, wrote over thirty detective novels. Many of her stories had theatrical settings, as her 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.

About the Narrator

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.