Scales of Justice

By Ngaio Marsh
Read by Nadia May

The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries: Book 18

8.17 Hours 02/01/1996 unabridged
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A brutal murder with a golf club and an ingenious plot bursting with snobbery, suspicion, adultery, and secrets… The quiet village of Swevenings seemed an English pastoral paradise, until the savagely beaten body of a lord was found near a tranquil stream. Suddenly, the playground of British blue bloods has been soiled by murder and the lowest sort of intrigue. But if anyone can clean it up, it’s the famous Inspector Roderick Alleyn of Scotland Yard. Roderick Alleyn’s investigation takes him through petty vendettas, an ex-commander’s blend of whiskey and archery, and cocktails on the lawn with a femme fatale. But the motive he’s angling for lies even deeper than the trout stream beneath the rustic bridge. 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 the stream—a fish that may very well be the key to the whole mystery.

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Summary

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Winner of a Crime Writers‘ Association Red Herring Award

A brutal murder with a golf club and an ingenious plot bursting with snobbery, suspicion, adultery, and secrets…

The quiet village of Swevenings seemed an English pastoral paradise, until the savagely beaten body of a lord was found near a tranquil stream. Suddenly, the playground of British blue bloods has been soiled by murder and the lowest sort of intrigue. But if anyone can clean it up, it’s the famous Inspector Roderick Alleyn of Scotland Yard. Roderick Alleyn’s investigation takes him through petty vendettas, an ex-commander’s blend of whiskey and archery, and cocktails on the lawn with a femme fatale. But the motive he’s angling for lies even deeper than the trout stream beneath the rustic bridge.

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 the stream—a fish that may very well be the key to the whole mystery.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The brilliant Ngaio Marsh ranks with Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers.” Times Literary Supplement (London)
“A handsome bit of craftsmanship—a classical detective story, with lots of suspects.” London Times
“Excellently characterized, Miss Marsh’s best yet.” Observer (London)
“The finest writer in the English language of the pure, classical puzzle whodunit. Among the crime queens, Ngaio Marsh stands out as an empress.” Sun (London)
“The detection is first class. The whole affair is written with style and distinction.” BBC
“Nadia May lovingly brings to life a myriad of characters—Lady Lacklander’s aristocratic conceit; her son’s sniveling weakness; Nurse Kettle’s common, busybody caring; and Inspector Alleyn’s no-nonsense, logical, yet compassionate, crispness. May reads clearly, fully develops Marsh’s characters and effectively builds suspense. Her lovely British voice offers a delightful rendering of Marsh’s finely crafted classic.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: 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.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 8.17
Audience: Adult
Language: English