Death at the President's Lodging (Sir John Appleby #1)
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 this is the type of mystery where the reader can figure out who is guilty before the detecti ...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
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
This is a wonderful -- and complicated -- puzzle with seven suspects and several students whose activities seem to interrupt the flow of the story. I did not identify the murderer until it was revealed. So many people telling sham stories as well as working at cross purp ...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
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
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
St Anthony' ...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
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
Then it turns out that every clue we have is either not connected to the murder or someone trying ...more
A note about the London: V. Gollanz edition: I made it to the final page only to discover with dismay ...more
I expected perhaps something akin to Agatha Christie but Innes is very different. Or perhaps I only think so because this particular mystery was set in an Oxford/Cambridge-based university and I have no understanding whatever of dons/underdons/proctors and so on and found it difficult to wade through all of those issues (which are pertinent to the crime).
The mystery was solid but although I may read more Innes, give ...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
There are four suspects, all connected with the College, and Appleby, who is one of the brainiest detectives, looks closely at each one and comes up with circumstances and reasons which could point to any one of the suspects being the guilty party.
However, thorough investigation, with plenty of red herrings along the way, reveals the killer who ... well, I'll not spo ...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