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The Case of the Journeying Boy

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  68 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Humphrey Paxton, the son of one of Britain's leading atomic boffins, has taken to carrying a shotgun to 'shoot plotters and blackmailers and spies'. His new tutor, the plodding Mr Thewless, suggests that Humphrey might be overdoing it somewhat. But when a man is found shot dead at a cinema, Mr Thewless is plunged into a nightmare world of lies, kidnapping and murder - and ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 28th 1991 by Harper Perennial (first published 1949)
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Lisa Kucharski
Okay, I have reached the halfway point and can not take anymore of the dotty characters where we spend too much time in their heads wondering about nothings and somethings rather than actually having a mystery.

I've read other reviews of people who liked the book, however, as a mystery book... it is aggravating and plodding. It is unlike other Innes books which I do enjoy. Obviously, this later book was one that he wrote in a more experimental manner.

If you like the Appleby mysteries... be warne
Finishing this book was like running a marathon: the first half was difficult to get through but after getting so far it was a test of wills to finish it. I was considering giving a higher rating to this book, considering the descriptions and the prose were written with a vocabulary of such a high level, but I found it so annoying and hard work to get to the end, that it really doesn't deserve it. The tedious language and archaic grammar was like listening to Yoda recite Shakespeare.

A far as th
The first thing that struck me about this offbeat book was the author’s better than average vocabulary and his dense prose. But the primary thing was the story, and it was interesting, with more than the usual amount of character depth and introspection, including pages of detailed analysis by the detective, as well as the tutor, as they attempted to reason out the problems they faced. The boy was also a solid character, the author letting us delve just as familiarly into his mind. Time and agai ...more
Oct 10, 2007 Cindy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: suspense/mystery lovers
Shelves: mysteries
I just reread this one. Sir Bernard Paxton needs a tutor for his son over the vacation break, one to travel to Ireland with the boy. Mr. Thewles is sure he's right for the job, but instead Paxton hires a military type man, Peter Cox. Then Cox sends a telegram saying he can't make it, so Thewles gets the job after all.

But Thewles himself is beginning to have second thoughts. The boy Humphrey sounded a bit of a handful from the beginning, and now he's showing signs of a persecution complex, lookin
What a wild ride this story was, with much more than a who-done-it murder case. There were very strangely behaving characters, multiple locations and lots of inner thoughts. As the 15-year-old boy who was the central character is told at one point, "Don't trust anyone". That is exactly the feeling I got while reading the story, which I could hardly put down because all the mysteries urged me on. The only twinge of dissatisfaction for me was an incomplete explanation of exactly why the murder vic ...more
Great book and not what I expected, the fact that the heroes of the book survive each attempt more by luck than judgement is hilarious. Humphrey shows a lot of promise of turning into someone like Hannay, and Thewless should really be called Clueless.
Great Book! I read it about 35 years ago. A little hokey but exciting and superior writing!

If you like this book try "Money from Holme" also by Michael Innes. Hilarious mystery!
Christopher Maguire
The story is silly. But every sentence is crafted. A pleasure to read.
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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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