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The Weight Of The Evidence (Sir John Appleby #9)

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Meteorites fall from the sky but seldom onto the heads of science dons in redbrick universities; yet this is what happens to Professor Pluckrose of Nestfield University. Inspector Appleby soon discovers that the meteorite was not fresh and that the professor's deckchair had been placed underneath a large, accessible tower - he already knew something of academic jealousies ...more
Published January 15th 2001 by House of Stratus (first published 1944)
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Jan 31, 2015 Leslie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
3 stars. Fairly straightforward (for Innes!) police procedural mystery set in a small university. I couldn't figure out 'whodunit' but enjoyed the ride following Appleby's investigation in this 9th entry of the series. There were some great witty throwaway lines, such as "England is at best a semi-barbarous country and the demand for portraits of retired philosophy professors was small." (paraphrasing from memory so my apologies if not exactly as Innes wrote it) ...more
Katherine Rowland
Innes is a new author to me, and like many mystery authors will require me to read another of his works before I make a decision about whether I like him or not. Plot-wise, this mystery was huge holes, but not necessarily compellingly plausible. It required one's full attention to keep up with the plethora of characters, and was wordy. That last is not necessarily negative, but it is an important consideration: I am slightly more willing than the average reader, I would say, in being w ...more
Apr 30, 2011 Karyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The unlikely murder weapon: it's something of an institution amongst the Golden Age writers of detective fiction, and here is a book with a plot constructed entirely around the most improbable of weapons: a large, heavy meteorite. This meteorite has somehow been transported to the second story of the tower overlooking the Wool Court of Nesfield University, dragged to the window by the murderer, and then pushed out, in order to land on the recumbent form of Professor Pluckrose in the deckchair be ...more
Andy Plonka
Apr 17, 2014 Andy Plonka rated it really liked it
Typically British novel in an academic setting. Innes is a superb writer but the language requires concentration due to the idioms of the time in which it was written. A puzzle mystery told with an ample amount of wit and cynicism.
May 12, 2016 Alan rated it liked it
Not as enjoyable as when I first read it in the 1970s. I've grown up a bit I think.
Sep 10, 2010 Lilly rated it liked it
This book wasn't exactly bad but it wasn't a masterpiece either. This is the first time that I have read anything by Michael Innes (a pseudonym) and I can't say that I was particularly impressed by his writing style. There is far too much unnecessary description; I believe that this book could be shortened by half and not lose any important plot points.

The story itself wasn't too bad, although at times I found it a trifle dull. I would give this book two and a half stars but as Goodreads doesn't
Jun 08, 2013 Sheila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Old-fashioned, wordy, beautifully eccentric plot. Set just before the second world war in an academic institution full of batty professors, and the murder weapon is a meteorite. What more need I say.
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Feb 10, 2010 John Yeoman rated it did not like it
This novel displays Innes' typical traits of wordiness, digression and pretentiousness at their facetious worst. Alas...
Jul 18, 2011 Bev rated it really liked it
Another one with quirky characters. I absolutely did not see the ending coming. Very good! Three and a half stars.
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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
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“Is science the disinterested pursuit of knowledge which the world may apply if it will? Or is it an activity always dependent upon economic and political demands?” 6 likes
“Down the five ill-disposed wings of Nesfield University, vaulted, machine-carved, echoing and damp, surged conflicting columns of adolescent humanity, a rout of jostling automotive sponges hurried from pool to pool of a knowledge codified, timetabled and approved.” 1 likes
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