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
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...