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Saint V. Scotland Yard
Leslie Charteris
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Saint V. Scotland Yard (Simon Templar 'The Saint' #8)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  140 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Paperback, 192 pages
Published 1974 by Coronet Books (first published 1932)
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As usual, I'll review each tale as I come to it.

The Inland Revenue
Flair, wit, charm, intelligence and dash: all the characteristics we’d expect wrapped up in one supremely saintly package. Here we have Charteris at the very apex of his game. The Saint embarks on the expose of a blackmailer, virtually a promenade in a public park for him, but then nail-biting suspense and risk are what we visit The Saint for. He is the true epitome of the indomitable hero. Not only do we know he’ll survive every
Adam Graham
The Saint, a character who remained popular for decades and has been portrayed by everyone from George Sanders and Vincent Price to Roger Moore and Val Kilmer got his start in literature.

This is book is from 1932 and each story features the Saint working outside or even against Scotland Yard, near the start of the character's run and collects three short stories. "The Inland Revenue" sees Simon trying to shut down a blackmailer. "The Million Pound Day" pits the Saint against a ruthless gang of k
Courtney Joshua
I don't know why the Saint is so popular! He is a beastly, preening, and arrogant cad, with no depth of personality whatsoever! Of course crooks have an aura of daring and charm that an ordinary detective can't possibly have, but it's cheap and, frankly, implausible to try to have the best of both worlds by alleging that the character is a sort of Robin Hood. Raffles or Lupin are vastly superior, as far as thieves go...

Overall, though, the plots were fun, and the pacing good.

This time we get three longer stories, rather than the fifteen shorter ones of The Brighter Buccaneer, and they're not quite as lighthearted (they actually get quite dark at times), but I enjoyed them just as much.

“The Inland Revenue” sees Templar unable to persuade the tax authorities that he should be classed as a tax-free one-man charitable endeavour, and thus needs to find a kindly soul to pay his tax bill for him (well, he's not going to pay it himself!) “The Million Pound Day” (to me the
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in December 1999.

By mid 1932, Charteris must have been tired; and The Saint Versus Scotland Yard (aka The Holy Terror) was only in the middle of an amazing burst of work which produced most of the early Saint stories in just a couple of years. The strain shows here, slightly, in the way that some of the originality of earlier stories is missing. While he cannot be said to be just going through the motions, there is little in the three stories in this book tha
A series of three short stories featuring Charteris' character "The Saint." Each is a mystery of sorts featuring The Saint accomplishing whatever he has set himself out to do and evading the efforts of Scotland Yard Chief Inspector of C.I.D. Teal's efforts to find something criminal to arrest The Saint for. Each finds The Saint matching wits and strength with various villains and coming out on top.
Feb 05, 2011 Martyn rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Spy story fans
Recommended to Martyn by: My brain
Shelves: fiction, 2011
I enjoyed this collection a lot but I definitely prefer the later Charteris Saint stories - his prose calms down in the later years and the action is a little more gritty and (realistically) witty.

The plots in these early short stories are a bit jumpy and the dialog very dated (I couldn't work out whether The Saint reminded me of Raffles, Wooster or Bond in character until I realized that he's reminiscent of all three!) Some of Simon's jokes and revelations come off as corny to the modern ear.

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Born Leslie Charles Bowyer-Yin, Leslie Charteris was a half-Chinese, half English author of primarily mystery fiction, as well as a screenwriter. He was best known for his many books chronicling the adventures of Simon Templar, alias "The Saint."
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