Death at the President's Lodging (Sir John Appleby #1)
Review from March 2013:
Seven Suspects is the American title of Michael Innes' first Inspector Appleby book Death at the President's Lodging. The murder of a university president forms the basis of this version of a locked room mystery.
I found the beginning slow going, mostly due to Innes' style of prose. However, once I became accustomed to the style & the plot began to unfold, the story quickly engrossed me. I don't think ...more
Me ha gustado la escritura elegante de Innes (pudiera a otros ...more
I picked up the first Inspector Appleby mystery, Death at the President’s Lodging.
I knew from the opening paragraph what I could expect: a classic mystery, shot through with intelligence and wit.
“An academic life, Dr Johnson observed, puts one little in the way of extraordinary casualties. This ...more
The erudite 1936 writing style takes som ...more
Murder in the sanctity of an english university was bad enough; but such a vulgar, ungentlemanly murder--bones scattered about the room, a grotesque drawing of grinning death's-heads scrawled on the wall, and poor President Umpleby's head wrapped in an academic robe--was a serious blot on the college's reputation. In this complex and bri ...more
The heralded detective brought in from London ...more
St Anthony' ...more
This is the first of Michael Innes's John Appleby detective stories. Appleby is a Scotland Yard police officer (his rank changes throughout the series), but one of the "new" breed: college-educated, shy and sensitive at times, a little arty (he eventually marries a sculptor).
The body of a co
It is hardly surprising that this novel (about the murder of an Oxbridge college president) was retitled Seven Suspects for its American edition; its original title would clearly give a completely different impression from its actual content.
Innes uses the way that colleges like St Anthony's were shut off from the world at night time to isolate his small group of suspects - like a "submarine" as one of the characters puts it. These boundar ...more
Appleby begins his oversight of the case by failing to demonstrate the most basic degree of competence. There is no adequate excuse put forward for his failing to secure the scene of the crime and determine where the most likely suspects were and what they were doing. Yes, these are 'gentlemen' and so, apparent ...more
You with me so far?
Now we find out these suspects, all being academic types, are really quite clever and answer all the usual suspect questions with ...more
It is definitely an old-school locked-room mystery, which are not my favorites. But it's main crime was the introduction of a flurry of suspects (all dons/professors/instructors/or whatever the British term is, at a fictional university) which I never felt I got s ...more
Innes is one of my favorite mystery authors, and this is one of his books that I really liked. So the audiobook has that going for it already.
Hogan's narration is not memorable, but that's a good thing, because that means it isn't outstandingly bad, either. As far as I've gotten in the book, there are only two voices -- Inspector Appleby, who is suitably Oxford-sounding, and the provinc ...more
I liked the way he described different scenes, not too much information but enough for the imagination.
This specific novel is pretty good. There is a crime in the middle of a prestigious university and Mr Appleby, the inspector, has to solve the problem finding the killer... several events confuse everyone more and more, everyone seems to be telling the truth.., or is it that everyone is a good lair? A accuses B, B accuses C, C ac ...more
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