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Scales of Justice (The Ngaio Marsh Collection) [Kindle Edition]

Ngaio Marsh
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Book Description

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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The brilliant Ngaio Marsh ranks with Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers (Times Literary Supplement)

Excellently characterized, Miss Marsh's best yet. Observer ('The detection is first class. The whole affair is written with style and distinction.')

BBC ('The finest writer in the English languange of the pure, classical puzzle whodunnit. Among the crime queens, Ngaio Marsh stands out as an Empress.')

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The brilliant Ngaio Marsh ranks with Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers (Times Literary Supplement )

Excellently characterized, Miss Marsh's best yet. Observer (‘The detection is first class. The whole affair is written with style and distinction.’ )

BBC (‘The finest writer in the English languange of the pure, classical puzzle whodunnit. Among the crime queens, Ngaio Marsh stands out as an Empress.’ )

The Sun

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 495 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; New edition edition (29 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002YPORX0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #87,183 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 the received what she called her 'damery' in 1966.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Country murder 12 Aug. 2012
By Damaskcat HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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A group of country families have lived in the village Swevenings for many years. They do not always get on and there are arguments over who has fishing rights to precisely which stretch of river. When one of the anglers is found dead it is thought that maybe an argument had escalated especially as a very large trout - known as the Old `Un has finally met is match and is also lying dead beside the angler.

But murders are rarely simple and Roderick Alleyn is called in to investigate. An observant District Nurse who sees more than her patients might want her too; a scandal from the past which connects two of the families; young love which threatens to turn into a Montagu and Capulet situation and a matriarch who is far from stupid make for a difficult investigation for Scotland Yard.

This story is well up to Ngaio Marsh's high standard and I found the information about fish very interesting. I liked the characters especially Lady Lacklander and Commander Syce as well as Octavius Danbury-Phinn and his cats. An entertaining mystery well told with some amusing incidents and asides from Alleyn's colleague, Inspector Fox.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle, intelligent, absorbing 3 April 2014
By Aletheuon TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is one of my favourite Ngaio Marsh whodunnits. The plot centres around a few upper-class, long-standing families in the village of Swevenings, an old-fashioned, class-ridden society which now seems charming and secure, although really it was already dying. Roderick Alleyn is called in to investigate the savage murder of Colonel Carterette, because Alleyn is of the same class and will find it easier to penetrate this group of friends - and enemies. Ngaio Marsh has a lively style and a sense of humour and her characters are vividly drawn and just a little larger than life. The nosey local midwife, the heavy-drinking ex-military man, the snobbish aristocrats, the quarrel ostensibly about a trout and fishing rights, even the trout, the women forced into marrying for money and position because they have few other opportunities to make a way for themselves in life, the lonely bachelors, all are sympathetically drawn and very recognisable. This is what I like most about the Roderick Alleyn books.
The plot is a little dated, in a civilised way, but not obvious or boring. I never try to guess the murderer, but sometimes one can't help realising who it is. This has happened to me only once while reading a Ngaio Marsh novel, and it wasn't this one! I found it absorbing and enjoyed the story of the characters more than the actual murder mystery, so that I was sorry to say goodbye to them at the end of the book.
This book was published in 1955, when Marsh had been writing about Alleyn for 21 years. She went on writing about him until 1982, so obviously he aged more slowly than the average man! She was a very good writer, more on a par with Marjorie Allingham than Agatha Christie, in my opinion i.e. witty, versatile and skilled with words. I recommend this book to those who enjoy a gentle, intelligently written village whodunit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Marsh 25 Aug. 2009
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One of my favourite Ngaio Marsh novels. The "rampant snobbery" is no more obvious in this book than in most of the other Roderick Alleyn stories, where he is constantly mistaken by his upper class suspects as "one of themselves" and the more earthy Inspector Fox perceived as the lower class norm of policing in the Marsh landscape. It was of the period, and Alleyn, although an actual policeman, followed in the footsteps and the tradition of Lord Peter Wimsey and Albert Campion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scales of Justice 25 Nov. 2013
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In the 1950s this author and Agatha Christie were amongst the few writers of crime fiction available. This novel is worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy 31 Aug. 2013
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To add this to your collection is a fantastic read. I have a lot of Ngaiao Marsh and every one is great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Up to standard 21 Mar. 2013
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Writing as a fan of this novelist, I can say that I found it to be well up to expectation
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