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:
When a British blue blood living in the pastoral village of Swevenings is brutally murdered, no one is spared examination by Scotland Yard's Inspector Roderick Alleyn. 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. J.H.B. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 6512429