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Dover One: A Mystery (Inspector Dover #1)

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For its own very good reasons, Scotland Yard sends Dover off to remote Creedshire to investigate the disappearance of a young housemaid, Juliet Rugg. Though there's every cause to assume that she has been murdered - she gave her favours freely and may even have stooped to a bit of blackmail - no body is to be found. Weighing in at sixteen stone, she couldn't be hard to ove ...more
Paperback, 190 pages
Published April 17th 1989 by Foul Play Press (first published April 1964)
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Nancy Oakes
A young girl goes missing, and the local constabulary soon realizes they should probably call in the Yard. It's just their luck that the Yard sends Wilfred Dover, along with Sgt. MacGregor, to their aid. When he arrives at the scene of the crime, he's faced with an assortment of rather eccentric people (and some who are just plainly weird) who, as it turns out, all had a reason to do away with the girl. He deduces that she didn't leave of her own accord, and is either being held as a kidnap vict ...more
Apr 06, 2014 Miriam rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Inspector Dover is lazy, selfish, and hardly cares about the victims. Somehow the crimes get solved anyway.
Dover is a Scotland Yard detective but he is not one the Yard is particularly proud of so they send him out to investigate cases which provincial forces ask them to investigate and which look like being boring or difficult or not amount to very much. DS McGregor - his complete opposite - feels that his career is suffering because of his association with Dover but knows there is nothing that can be done about it.

A young woman has disappeared from what appears to be quite an exclusive gated commun
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Sep 06, 2015 Ahmad Firdaus rated it it was amazing
Chief Inspector Dover is fat, lumbering buffoon who enjoys his naps and food more than his job. Assisted by his sidekick, a young Sergeant MacGregor, Dover solves mysteries in quaint English villages through good old fashion police work, that is, if he ever does it himself. Dover has all this qualities you would never like in a colleague and yet, he is has endeared to many with those very same revolting qualities of a man who solve his mysteries through the hard work of others.

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Jun 03, 2014 Susan rated it liked it
The new chief constable doesn't want to miss anything, so he sends for Scotland Yard when a local girl disappears. And, as though in some cosmic joke, the Yard sends Chief Inspector Dover, the rudest, laziest man on the Force. Accompanied by his horrified sergeant, Dover then shows the one characteristic he has of a good detective--luck. Sure enough, he captures the culprit, though he never does figure out the motive. (A little old lady who reads detective stories does that--and Dover doesn't be ...more
Mar 17, 2014 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's worth your while to search for this little mystery from 1964. I learned of Joyce Porter's protagonist Dover on a serendipitous browse through the ole library stacks. A more unlikely personality for a Chief Inspector would be hard to imagine. Always willing to allow his second, Sergeant MacGregor, to lead the investigatory interviews while he puts away any offered treats, Dover nevertheless comes up with the pertinent questions. Not exactly in the English cozy murder genre, the Dover mysteri ...more
Apr 12, 2014 Suzanne rated it really liked it
I love a hapless detective & cozy British mysteries so imagine my delight that I can get two in one. Witty, light and irreverent--I really enjoyed it and will read more in this old sites.
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Joyce Porter was born in Marple, Cheshire, and educated at King's College, London. In 1949 she joined the Women's Royal Air Force, and, on the strength of an intensive course in Russian, qualified for confidential work in intelligence. When she left the service in 1963 she had completed three detective novels.

Porter is best known for her series of novels featuring Detective Inspector Wilfred Dover
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