Alleyn Mysteries (1990–1994)
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Scales of Justice 

The publication of a war hero's memoirs and his dispute with a neighboring fisherman about poaching leads to a murder.


Jim Goddard


Cyril Williams (screenplay), Ngaio Marsh (novel)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Northey ... Barker (as Chris Northey)
Denis Lill Denis Lill ... Thomas Cartarette
Frederick Treves ... Sir Henry Lacklander
Will Keen ... Ludovic
Tom Wilkinson ... Gerald Lacklander
Elizabeth Spriggs ... Lady Lacklander
Shirley King Shirley King ... Nurse Kettle
Patrick Malahide ... Chief Inspector Alleyn
Leslie Schofield ... Assistant Commissioner Connors
John Franklyn-Robbins John Franklyn-Robbins ... Octavius Danberry Phinn (as John Franklyn Robbins)
Marcus Hutton ... Mark Lacklander
Daisy Bates ... Rose Cartarette
Frances Barber ... Kitty Cartarette
David Henry David Henry ... Commander Syce
Donald Douglas ... Sir George Alleyn


In 1949 dying war hero and aristocrat Sir Henry Lacklander entrusts his friend Colonel Cartarette with publishing his memoirs posthumously. It is generally believed that it will at least in part refer in part to the suicide of the son of neighbor Octavius Phinn, who committed suicide in 1938 in a scandal that left him branded a Nazi-sympathizer. Further antagonism between Phinn and the Lacklanders results from Lacklander's accusation that Phinn's landing of a prize trout is result of poaching on his land. After Lacklander dies and Cartarette is found murdered, the investigative team of Alleyn and Fox find a significant chapter from the biography has gone missing, but none of those involved are forthcoming about what the enigmatic chapter contained. Written by

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29 August 1994 (UK) See more »

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Chief Inspector Alleyn: But they're all holding something back.
Inspector Fox: Yes, and this Lady L's keepin' mum about her private chat with the Colonel, and Sir Gerald
Inspector Fox: ... why he looks as though he's got a ferret down his trouser...
[laughs again]
Chief Inspector Alleyn: [Tongue in cheek] I don't think Sir Gerald would notice if he had a ferret in his trousers.
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A family's pride makes it hard to find a killer
17 February 2017 | by ctyankee1See all my reviews

Sir Henry Lacklander an elderly rich man is dying and he wrote a book he revised. He has a friend of his take the book with a new chapter in it and wants it published because he knows he is dying. He does die and soon after the man that has the book Thomas Cartarette is murdered while fishing. Inspector Alleyn is called in to be somebody's bodyguard by his brother and ends up investigating the Cartarette murder.

There are lots of suspects:

. A man that practices shooting with an arrow and had a intimate romance with Mrs Cartarette before she got married during the time of the war. He also does not like his neighbors.

. Octavius is a cat loving neighbor and fishes. He has arguments with the man killed about poaching fish.

. Gerald Lacklander son of Sir Lacklander that wrote a book is having an affair with Mr Cartarette's wife.

. Kitty Cartarette likes to take golf lessons from a man she is having an affair with.

There are many young men and woman in these families that are also suspect. Class, importance, family history and money play a big part in this episode.

The people that have motives seem connected some how with what happened in the war with England and Germany.

The important things that are spoken about connected to the murder are the unpublished book fish and fish scales.

So this is a mystery with so many people keeping secrets of others and hiding there own.

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