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Hare Sitting Up (Sir John Appleby #18)

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When a germ-warfare expert goes missing, his twin brother impersonates him as a cover-up, but for how long can this last? Inspector Appleby is sent on a series of wild goose chases, which take him to a preparatory school, to the estate of an eccentric earl, and to a remote Atlantic rock, before a truly shocking climax.
Published October 11th 2008 by House of Stratus (first published 1959)
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Lucy Takeda
Sep 28, 2016 Lucy Takeda rated it really liked it
I find Appleby's willingness to drag family members and others into his investigations fascinating. This time, he sends his wife to check out a rather large school when he is trying to locate a missing scientist. Judith manages to create a game the his the few students left on campus during break, nd their older chaperone, dashing bout the entire campus, which is quite impressive since she is creating the rules as they run about.
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"You yourself, don't you find it a beautiful clean thought, a world empty of people, just uninterrupted grass, and a hare sitting up?" (Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence)

In Hare Sitting Up, Michael Innes gives the old "which twin is which" plot a nifty little twist. He has created the Junipers...who first started their joke of taking each other's place back in school--with one twin playing Rugger in his brother's place and not in just any old game, but an international Rugger match. And all kinds
May 31, 2011 Karyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title is taken from the second quote, spoken by the character Birkin in D.H. Lawrence's Women in Lov. He dreams of a world free of humanity, but the point being made here is not so much about the dream as the dreamer. For what if someone actually had this dream, and felt it strongly enough to act? When D.H. Lawrence created his character such speculation was idle, but by 1959, when Michael Innes wrote this book, scientists were developing means that could be used to bring it about. The refer ...more
Mariah Drakoulis
Not a novel that has held up well, some fifty years after publication. A severely dated plot line that supposes itself to be much cleverer than it really is. Boring, and stupidly ended.

The only thing going for it is an interesting look at the bomb paranoia of the 50s and 60s. Other than that, this kind of book is one I hope to avoid in my future explorations of the crime genre.
Lyn Elliott
Jul 01, 2013 Lyn Elliott rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime
Not one of the better Appleby series, which I read much of some time ago. This one is far fetched and a bit silly. Interesting to pick up some of the 1950s security concerns about bombs and germ warfare, but it is not convincing.
Mar 31, 2016 Miriam rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Ornithology + bacterial warfare + identical twins.
Implausible and relying heavily on coincidence, but mostly entertaining, although the end was rather weak. I'll have to go back and try some earlier books this series (not the Marchbanks one, which the author spoils here!)
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A cute OLDER book -- doesn't even have an ISBN number at this printing (1964). English.
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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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