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Stop Press (Sir John Appleby #4)

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Famous writer Richard Eliot has written numerous detective novels, featuring The Spider, a daring, clever criminal in earlier books, and an equally canny private investigator in later ones. But when he comes to life—first to burgle an odd neighbor, then to harass the Eliot family, and finally to attend his own “birthday party”—Inspector John Appleby is sent to investigate.
Paperback, 434 pages
Published June 30th 2001 by House of Stratus (first published 1939)
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Jul 25, 2011 Karyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Richard Eliot is the author of 37 books featuring The Spider, and he plans to write at least a few more. The Spider has had a tortuous career, something reminiscent of G.K. Chesterton's Flambeau, beginning as diabolical, though literary, criminal, altering direction over the years, and now changing sides and engaging in crime-detection. The critics applaud this plastic nature, this subtle development of character. But the truth is that Mr Eliot tires of his creation, and the changes are necessar ...more
Mar 30, 2015 Stuart rated it really liked it
This series of books are quite unlike any other classic-era crime novels, and this is a perfect example. They are elusive, allusive, complex, occasionally infuriating, almost surreal, funny and beautifully written. They are not to be consumed at a sitting - they have to be read carefully, partly because of the language and partly because any sentence could prove to be the key to the whole mystery. You quickly learn just to go with them, knowing that things will become clearer, even if only sligh ...more
Jun 24, 2011 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-england
(I read the American edition of this book, called The Spider Strikes.) This certainly is not a book for everyone. While I loved it, you may hate it. It's the opposite of fast-paced, and it's full of mild academic wit and elaborate, allusive talk. A fondness for 18th century literature, especially Pope, is practically required. Still--if you've a taste for this kind of thing... Oxford don Gerald Winter is asked by student Timmy Eliot to come to his home, Rust Hall, to help Mr. Eliot, a popular no ...more
Sep 16, 2013 Sally rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
I'm progressing through the Appleby mysteries by Michael Innes and wonder at myself for picking up yet another one. I don't love these stories, but there is something about them that keeps me coming back for more. In this one, I don't think the Inspector Appleby character has yet settled into being one for which the reader has some understanding, appreciation or admiration. I liked him better in later stories (after he gets married).

This one, too, has many, many literary allusions that just floa
Mar 10, 2013 Damaskcat rated it really liked it
An author thinks his creation, The Spider, has come to life when things keep happening which bear a strong resemblance to events detailed in the books. Richard Eliot’s son, Timmy and one of his tutors pay a visit to the rambling country house in which the author and his relatives live. At nearby Shoon Abbey an eccentric millionaire is also hosting a house-party and Eliot’s visitors are invited. Locals also are involved. John Appleby is invited by his sister Patricia, who has a job working for th ...more
Jun 15, 2013 spisok_korablei rated it liked it
Here’s a take on novelist's inner world and its dark cellars with bizarre chimeras lurking in the less frequented nooks.
The entertainment value varies quite a bit from chapter to chapter and, oddly enough, has nothing to do neither with the mystery being strenuously unraveled, nor with the curious menagerie of eccentric personages passing in front of the reader in a languid round dance.
Apparently, Innes is used to treat his characters as mere vessels for various quotations, though deliciously
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Jan 27, 2016 Les Wilson rated it really liked it
Good to find author who has a command of the English language and uses it.
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Dec 29, 2015 Jean Hontz rated it really liked it
Interesting addition to the surprisingly literary series. Lots of quotes and references and interesting dialogue.
Aug 02, 2013 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries, england, oxford
Innes is a wordsmith who uses convoluted sentences and words with obscure meanings which make his book interesting on a different level. He uses literary references like others use conversations. The book was hard to follow but enjoyable for a change of pace. Thank heaven for a good recap of the plot and mystery in the pages near the end of the book because i got lost in all the obfuscation.
Oct 13, 2010 Polly rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Goes on too long; probably would have been a much better book had 100 pages been cut (it's over 300, which is a lot for this kind of light mystery). And this is the worst edition of any book I've ever encountered--something like 15 really obvious typos, which is five times as many as anything else I can remember.
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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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