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....
Scales of Justice was first published in 1955.
©1955 Ngaio Marsh (P)2015 Hachette Audio
This is one of my favourite Ngaio marsh stories, and I have a version read by the late James Saxon which is excellent, but on audio cassette. Glad to see this full length version although benedict cumberbatch is adequate in the abridged story the story suffers from the shortening. This is a fair version but Phillip franks voice is too light for Roderick Alleyn and this Mars the telling , although his version of inspector fox is good. I would really like to see the James Saxon version re-released., but this is worth a listen. Phillip franks does make a good fist of it as Margery allingham's hero Albert campion, just the right tone and degree of hesitation.
"Delightful fish story"
Another tightly woven tale with an array of characters whose relationships are initially impossible to comprehend. But of course Chief Inspector Alleyne understands everything almost instantly once he arrives on the scene and again Marsh compresses time such that Alleyne miraculously solves a crime almost overnight. This does not diminish the pleasure of solving it with him. Amazing that Marsh wrote these tales over so many decades and maintained her gift for it.
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