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  • Audio CD
  • Verlag: Little, Brown Young Readers; Auflage: Abridged (6. November 2008)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1405505087
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405505086
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,7 x 1,5 x 14 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (2 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 187.878 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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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

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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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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 21. Juni 2000
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I really enjoy Marsh's mysteries, and this one was no exception, in that there was a clever plot with a really devious method of committing murder. However, the characters in this book were not as compelling to me as ones from previous books (_When in Rome_, _Death in a White Tie_, etc.). Still, a very enjoyable read, and a great way to pass the time.
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I have enjoyed all of her writing- for the character sand observations, the various milieus shown and a sense of the presence of a fine and compassionate mind behind the story.
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Classic example of the cozy mystery 23. August 2005
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Swevenings is a post card pretty little English village. The cottages are, with two known exceptions, tidy. The villagers are happy and like things just the way they are. Lord and Lady Lacklander are respected and admired. Then, suddenly after the death of the old lord things get messy. It turns out that Swevenings may look like heaven but is actually hiding a very painful and ugly secret, one that the old lord wanted exposed and one that costs his best friend his life.

You have the sensible nurse, the village drunk, the not crazy at all eccentric, the grande dame, the cloying young lovers and of course the bleached blonde outsider. Into this mix comes our handsome detective. He's not a flashy genius or a talented amateur. He's a cop, albeit one with a distinguished family background. His humor is gentle, his habits are unremarkable. He just keeps plugging away until he solves this case becuase it's his job and becuase the crime offends his sense of decency.

Scales of Justice is classic example of the cozy msystery and it pretty much unrolls the way you'd expect it to. By the end of the book things have been set right and life in Swevenings goes back to the bland sweetness of before. It's a pleasant way to spend a few hours.
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Of Fish, Cats--And Murder 2. Februar 2005
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Swevenings is an isolated and insular English district where nothing unpleasant ever seems to happen--until the celebrated Lord Lacklander, on his death bed, passes his memoirs into the hands of Col. Cartarette. And when Col. Cartarette is found unexpectedly murdered on the banks of the Chyne River, Inspector Roderick Alleyn of Scotland Yard must determine whether foul play arises from an unknown explosive in Lacklander's memoirs or from a less obvious but no less lethal source.

As is often the case with Marsh, the beauty of the SCALES OF JUSTICE lies not so much in the unfolding plot as it does in the characters and their setting, and Swevenings and the Chyne Valley offers her tremendous scope, ranging from the formidable Lady Lacklander to the eccentrically cat-happy Mr. Danberry-Phinn to the alcoholic archer Commander Syce. Among her most interesting creations here is Nurse Kettle, a commonsense if excessively arch woman whose pleasing personality actually tempts Alleyn's sidekick Fox to reconsider his bachelor state!

Marsh often writes in such a way as to allow the reader to anticipate the killer, but such is not the case with SCALES OF JUSTICE, and many will find the means of the crime ingenious and the solution startling, with both a legendary fish locally known as "The Old 'Un" and the wandering feline Thomasina Twitchett providing unexpected clues along the way. A thoroughly enjoyable outing from start to finish.

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Good, but Marsh has done better 21. Juni 2000
Von MK Writer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I really enjoy Marsh's mysteries, and this one was no exception, in that there was a clever plot with a really devious method of committing murder. However, the characters in this book were not as compelling to me as ones from previous books (_When in Rome_, _Death in a White Tie_, etc.). Still, a very enjoyable read, and a great way to pass the time.
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A Fish Story--4+ stars 9. Juni 2008
Von Neal J. Pollock - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Despite the difficulties for contemporary Americans with Marsh's use of the British language (i.e. lots of odd & rather opaque & perhaps dated colloquialisms), she definitely has a way with words. The title is a pun on fish scales since trout are prominent & important to the storyline--and the solution to the mystery. I liked her droll humor in "doling out the lesser stimulants of courtship in positively homeopathic doses...Mrs. Cartarette swung, as Lady Lacklander angrily notices, everything that a woman could swing" & Phinn's description of portly Lady Lacklander: "Lady Brobdignagia [from Swift], the Dowager Tun, the Mammoth Matriarch." I found the book clever and quite enjoyable. Better than several of Marsh's other works--though, perhaps not her best. The murder method is unusual, the red herrings many, the usual cast of police characters (Alleyn, Fox, etc.), but the characterizations were IMHO a bit extreme--somewhat one-dimensional for some, except for the scene between Mrs. C. & the nurse. This novel is included in some multi-novel books such as FIVE COMPLETE NOVELS SCALES OF JUSTICE DEATH OF A FOOL TIED UP IN TINSEL GRAVE MISTAKE PHOTO FINISH. Enjoy!
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Not her best but still pretty good 24. November 2012
Von Michael K. Smith - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Along with Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Ngaio Marsh was one of the Big Three British mystery novelists of what is now called the Golden Age. I've always enjoyed Sayers's books (still very popular), though I never cared at all for Christie (still enormously popular), but it puzzles me why Marsh's stores featuring DCI Roderick Alleyn of Scotland Yard have sort of fallen by the wayside. "Handsome Alleyn," as the newspapers call him, is a gent, which is why Lady Lacklander, an old friend of his mother's, insists on his personal presence when there's a murder among the ancient landed families in the Vale of Swevenings. The deceased is Col. Cartarette, the perhaps annoyingly high-minded and honorable literary executor of the almost as recently deceased Sir Harold Lacklander, whose not-yet-published official diplomatic memoirs promise explosive revelations that will upset certain of his neighbors. George Lacklander, the new baronet, is a dunce (his mother sighs a lot), and his son, the young Dr. Lacklander, is deeply involved with the Colonel's daughter, Rose Cartarette. And next door is the eccentric cat-collector, Mr. Octavius Danberry-Phinn, who has issues with everyone, and next door to him is the shy and reclusive Commander Syce, an archery enthusiast who sometimes becomes careless with his arrows. And that's not even to mention Rose's venal stepmother, Kitty, who doesn't fit into Swevenings society at all, and Nurse Kettle, who sees everything. And then there's the trout.

Chief Inspector Alleyn and his faithful sidekick and sounding board, Inspector Fox, have their work cut out trying to sort all these relationships, discover motives, establish a timeline, uncover evidence, and get it all wrapped up before the weekend. Marsh's style is rather more modern than Christie's but still is at least PG-rated. Her plots are nicely complex and there's a leavening of dry humor that keeps things moving along.
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