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An Awkward Lie (Sir John Appleby #26)

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Sir John Appleby's son, Bobby, assumes his father's detective role in this baffling crime. When Bobby finds a dead man in a bunker on a golf course, he notices something rather strange—the first finger of the man's right hand is missing. A young girl approaches the scene and offers to watch the body while Bobby goes for help, but when he returns with the police in tow, the...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published February 12th 2001 by House of Stratus (first published January 28th 1971)
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Innes, Michael. AN AWKWARD LIE. (1971). ***. This is one of Innes’ (J.I.M. Stewart’s) Appleby mysteries, but not Chief Superintendant John Appleby, but his son, Bobby’s. Bobby was visiting his parents at their country manor and liked to get in nine holes a couple of times a week before breakfast. On this morning, he teed off and his ball landed in the bunker for the first hole. When he went to get it, he saw that there was a man lying in the bunker – face down – and obviously dead. Soon, a young...more
Simon Mcleish

Originally published on my blog here in November 2000.

An Awkward Lie is more of a thriller than a detective story. It is very short, and contains one memorable piece of deduction and one memorable joke. The central character is Bobby Appleby, Sir John's son who has both won a cap for the England rugby team and written an intellectual "anti-novel" - an unusual combination. He is playing a round of golf, or, rather, intending to do so, when on the bunker near the first hole, he sees a corpse. Upon...more
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A body in the sand bunker. A disappearing woman. Slang so archaic I can't understand it. Love at first sight. Improbable espionage and plots that strain credulity. Damn, I love Michael Innes.
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Michael Innes was the pseudonym of John Innes MacKintosh (J.I.M.) Stewart (J.I.M. Stewart).

He was born in Edinburgh, and educated at Edinburgh Academy and Oriel College, Oxford. He was Lecturer in English at the University of Leeds from 1930-1935, and spent the succeeding ten years as Jury Professor of English at the University of Adelaide, South Australia.

He returned to the United Kingdom in 19...more
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