Available to download for the very first time, the first instalment of the fantastic Inspector Appleby series by celebrated crime writer Michael Innes.
Inspector Appleby is called to St Anthony's College, where the president has been murdered in his lodging. Scandal abounds when it becomes clear that the only people with any motive to murder him are the only people who had the opportunity - because the President's Lodging opens off Orchard Ground, which is locked at night, and only the Fellows of the College have keys.
Legendary character Inspector John Appleby of Scotland Yard inspired a lasting vogue for donnish detective fiction. Innes's detective novels are playfully highbrow and rich in allusions to English literature and to Renaissance art.
©1936 Michael Innes (P)2010 Audible Ltd
"It is quite the most accomplished first crime novel that I have read...all first-rate entertainment." (Cecil Day Lewis, Daily Telegraph)
"More from this author, please"
Hats off to Audible for their enterprise in resurrecting one of the great figures from the 'Golden Age' of detective fiction. The jackets of his books were endorsed with the quotation 'the phantasmagoric Mr. Innes' which may explain why he was never a bestseller like many of his contemporaries. Although he may use the common plots of the genre (there aren't many, after all) his developments of them was utterly unlike those of any other mystery writer. And, of course, given his daytime job as a Professor of English Literature, the quality of the writing is far above the dull, off-the shelf prose of most current practitioners.
If you enjoy this book, I recommend (to you and Audible) 'Stop Press', 'From London Far', and 'Operation Pax'
As for the reader, he has a pleasant voice, clear diction and sensible pacing, and wisely does not attempt an upper-middle class 1930's voice. A 5 star production.
"more from this author, too"
I'm of the same opinion as listener John. Those 'Golden Age' detectiv fictions have so much to give and - honestly - they do it without leaving the landscape strewn with scattered corpses and spilled gust like some modern writers whose stile of writing isn't even above average.
'Death of a President's Lodging' is not for the hasty. It is to be savoured, reclining in a comfortable chair and sipping great tea. Like in the good old times. More please.
"A good old-fashioned, intelligent Whodunnit."
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. A murder in academia is always intriguing and it doesn't get better than this. The story has all the right ingredients: a murder committed in a room from which no-one has left or entered; a bizarre set of objects scattered around the body; a list of suspects all with opportunity and motive...all good stuff. And couched in the most beautiful language, narrated excellently by Stephen Hogan. The erudition of the author and his wonderful gift for prose writing make this an even richer experience for the listener. Eleven out of ten.
This was dreadful. Very pedantic, obsessed with detail rather than getting you interested in the characters. I hoped the conclusion would make it all worthwhile but it was even worse than I expected.
The first book from Audible that I gave up with. I thought this was going to be a good 'who dunnit' , but it was long winded, full of unnecessary detail, dull, and the plot took so long to develop that I lost interest about halfway through
I am an experienced reader, but found this book to be way too verbose. I really had no idea what was being said half the time!
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