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The lives of the inhabitants of Swevenings—a small fishing village—are disrupted only by a fierce competition to catch the Old Un, a monster trout known to dwell in the beautiful stream which winds past their homes. When one of their small community is found brutally murdered, the freshly killed trout is found laid out beside him. Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn must determine what killed both fish and man.
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Ngaio Marsh is the author of numerous crime novels. Along with Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham, and Dorothy L. Sayers, she was classed as one of the four original "Queens of Crime" of the 1920s and 1930s. Benedict Cumberbatch is an actor whose movies include Atonement and The Other Boleyn Girl.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 Jove. Condition: Good. . Seller Inventory # H22A-04196
Book Description Penguin Publishing Group. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: Fair. Seller Inventory # G0515054364I5N00
Book Description Jove Publications, Inc., New York, 1980. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: Near Fine. First Edition Thus. Originally published by Little Brown in 1955, this is the eighteenth novel in Marsh's mystery series featuring British Police Inspector Roderick Alleyn, who finds himself investigating a brutal murder among the gentry in the little English village of Swevenings, a pastoral paradise with any number of violent secrets. First Printing, First Jove Edition, as stated, with complete numberline. Mass market paperback, 248 pages plus 2 pages of publisher's ads. Pictorial wrappers showing a grey-haired woman, a corpse and a cat on front panel, small photo of Marsh on back. Text shows a very slight spine lean, o/w complete, clean and unmarked. Wrappers show light reading crease, no other significant flaws, no tears, no creasing or chipping. A collectable copy. Seller Inventory # 005556
Book Description Jove, 1980. Paperback. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition Pbk.... 1980 first Jove edition paperback; VG, clean and bright copy, crease to front cover; UK dealer, immediate dispatch. Book. Seller Inventory # 86R59