A brutal murder with a golf club and an ingenious plot bursting with snobbery, suspicion , adultery and secrets -- to say nothing of the dreadful crime of catricide...The lives of the inhabitants of Swevenings are disrupted only by a fierce competition to catch the Old Un, a monster trout known to dwell in a beautiful stream which winds past their homes. Then one of their small community is found brutally murdered; beside him is the freshly killed trout. Both died by violence -- but Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn's murder investigation seems to be much more interested in the fish...
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Dame Ngaio Marsh was born in New Zealand in 1895 and died in February 1982. She wrote over 30 detective novels and many of her stories have theatrical settings, for Ngaio Marsh's real passion was the theatre. She was both actress and producer and almost single-handedly revived the New Zealand public's interest in the theatre. It was for this work that she received what she called her 'damery' in 1966.From AudioFile:
Listening to SCALES OF JUSTICE is like taking a trip back to mid-twentieth-century rural England. The classes know their place, eccentricities abound, the district nurse is named Kettle, and the story has a featured cat. No accent, implication, or physical description escapes narrator Peter Wickham's sparkling presentation. When one of the local villagers is murdered, everyone is suspect. The indomitable Roderic Alleyn and his sidekick, Fox, wade through clues and fish scales (note the title) to find the culprit. The best part is an endearing romance that's totally unexpected. The vintage style of story and presentation make this a perfect audiobook. Like the works of Agatha Christie and Conan Doyle, Marsh's classic mysteries will live forever. S.G.B. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110006512429
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0006512429