©1955 by Ngaio Marsh; © renewed 1983 by Gerald Ross Lascelles, Esq. and George Crowley Weston, Esq.; (P)1996 by Blackstone Audiobooks
"A handsome bit of craftsmanship - a classical detective story, with lots of suspects." (The London Times)
"She writes better than Christie." (The New York Times)
Veterinary Technician, book addict.
Old Sins Cast Long Shadows could be a good alternative title for this book if it weren't too gothic sounding. The book is not gothic at all, the settings and people are endearing and believable. (Though I do thing the relationship between the Captain and the Nurse is a little forced. And how could such a shy man ever rise to Captain in the British navy?)
I thought the book was quite good and the narrator's work quite professional. In perhaps 3 or 4 places, the recording seemed to skip the end of a sentence. I had the impression that only a few words were left out.
I will listen to this book repeatedly. The narration is terrific and the story unfolds sensibly without ever giving anything away too quickly.
The pun on 'scales of justice' as the story progresses is just great.
This book is thought-provoking, because of a secondary plot involving treason and suicide, loyalty and forebearance. I admire the actions of the characters and wonder if I could be as honourable.
"Good writing spoiled by bad reading"
I have enjoyed a a number of Nagio Marsh audiobooks read excellently by James Saxon. I had to give up on this book owing to the croaky and uneven delivery by the reader.
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