A missing Member of Parliament is found dead, pressed in a bale of wool - and a year later Inspector Roderick Alleyn receives a desperate plea involving him in a gruesome war of espionage where he becomes as much the quarry as the hunter.
©1973, renewed 1996 by Ngaio Marsh; (P)1996 by Blackstone Audiobooks
"She writes better than Christie." (The New York Times)
I own a number of Ngaio Marsh audiobooks featuring several narrators. This one, unless I am badly mistaken -- or unless the two women have nearly identical voices -- is actually performed by Nadia May, not Wanda McCaddon. This is a good thing, because Nadia May is immensely talented and her narrations are always among my favorites.
An enjoyable Ngaio Marsh, set in New Zealand in WWII. Roderick Alleyn is the central character - he left his wife at home in England in this one. The book sports interesting details of the wool industry in New Zealand and some really first rate descriptive writing. Very good narration by Nadia May.
This could possibly be a 4 or 5 star listen if the narrator spoke more slowly and there weren't so many characters.
Yes I really enjoy Ngaio Marsh and am sad to give her a one star rating.
I do not plan to listen to Wanda McCaddon if she reads as quickly in other books. Her voice is pleasant for listening, her different accents are well-done, but she reads as if she is racing the clock in this book.
I was disappointed because I was looking forward to hearing another Ngaio Marsh novel.
I tried changing my device setting to "slower" but the sound was distorted at the slower speed.
yes--after I had forgotten the plot. It is beautifully written with well-developed, believable characters and memorable descriptions of New Zealand.
Somewhat. It isn't a thriller, wasn't written as such.
It was ok.
The descriptions of the high country.
This author can write!
Learning about life on a sheep ranch in the antipodes. Author's prose is evocative, dialog believable, and attention to detail remarkable. Her favorite verb: ejaculate.
Well, picturing that body compacted into a bale of wool, I'd say. Author doesn't have a weak stomach, that's for sure.
Anyone who's written so many books can't *always* be on, but even when she's not at (what you might consider) her absolute best, her books never disappoint.
Ngaio Marsh should be better known. Her books are perfect time pieces. This one is set in WWII New Zealand. The detective is investigating two interlinked mysteries a death and a spy. The details of the place bring you into the room as the characters discuss the personality of the dead woman and the reading is pitch perfect with each character given a distinct voice.
I thought the story was rather slow and it all seemed to be told in the second hand... it never really seemed to fall into a comfortable pace. I kept waiting for something to happen but really just ended up bored.
The ending was welcomed - if only because it meant the book was over. It was a bit of a surprise but by the time I got there I really didn't care.
I'm not crazy about Wanda McCaddon doing any of the characters. It was hard to tell them apart.
NO. It would not be worth the effort.
I love this series so I would encourage anyone to read it, but I was not very impressed with this book.
Doesn't really work. Found it a struggle to persist with. Kiwi accent became very grating. Contrived.
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