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Landed Gently (Chief Superintendent Gently #4)

3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  110 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Having been invited to spend Christmas in the country, fishing for pike, Gently finds himself hunting a completely different predator when a guest at Merely Hall, a nearby stately home, is found dead at the foot of the grand staircase on Christmas morning. At first the tragedy is assumed to be a simple accident, but Gently is not one to jump to conclusions and is soon in n ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 1st 1982 by Dell Publishing Company (first published January 1st 1957)
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Jules Jones
Fourth in the Inspector George Gently series, and the first that I've read. This one was first pubished in 1957, and this affects some of the background details, but doesn't make much difference in the basic plot.

Gently is invited to spend Christmas at a country house. On the train down he meets a young American from a US Air Force base, who has wangled himself an invitation to the neighbouring country house. Lt Earle has an interest in both the tapestry workshop based at Merely, and in the youn
One of the better books in the Gently series of mysteries. Gently is aptly named as he is a gentle man but is steely enough to manage the criminals who cross his path. He may seem quiet an unagressive but both police colleagues and the criminals tend to underestimate him and so not realise that his brain is working overtime to solve the case.

In this book, Gently is invited to spend Christmas with the Chief Constable so they can get some fishing in. They are invited over to the mansion owned by
Phil Clymer
Quality writing with a twist at the end.
I first ran across Chief Inspector Gently in the British TV series of the same name. All episodes were typically British dark, bordering on noir, and excellent, except for the pilot which was almost enough for me to junk watching. I’m glad I gave the show an extra chance.

I happened to notice that the series was based on a plethora of books by Alan Hunter, a name totally unknown to me, but, who, having written about fifty of these novels must have been more than popular in the fifties and sixtie
Pauline Ross
This is the fourth of a very long series featuring the genial but persistent detective, George Gently. As the terrible pun of the title suggests, this episode sees Our Hero staying with the great and the good (or at least the rich and titled) over Christmas, where the festivities are inevitably interrupted by a murder. The setting, a large country house of some antiquity, gives the book the atmosphere of Agatha Christie fanfic. I usually enjoy the period details of these books, written in the fi ...more
Feb 05, 2012 Ann rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: lovers of British country-house mysteries
Shelves: mystery
Chief Inspector Gently is invited to a country manor for an old-fashioned Christmas, with some pike fishing thrown in for good measure. Alas, the festivities are disrupted when a body is found at the bottom of the stairs in a neighboring manor, the Great Hall. Gently recognizes the body as that of Bill Earle, a American lieutenant stationed at a nearby base, and an irrepressible, boyish charmer.

The Great Hall is inhabited by a motley cast of characters : the 6th Baronet of Summerhayes, his wido
Rich Higbey
This is one of my favourite books so far in this series. I found myself guessing all the way through and the plot intriguing. I'm sad to be taking a break from Gently - but unfortunately I've managed to leave my collection at home along with my peppermint creams!
I look forward to confusing as soon as. A true great in this series so far.
Verity W
I've enjoyed the first four books in this series, but not enough to be sure if I'll buy more. Only time will tell!
I think this is one of the better Gently stories. Nice character development and plot twists.
Tim Corke
A classic who-dunnit set in an old stately home with lords, foreign nationals, the innocence female protagonist and the sly and relentless chief inspector. Unfortunately Landed Gently was a bit too predictable as to who did it with the twist not twisting enough.

It was an enjoyable read however and if you're a fan of crime mystery novels for journey rather than the destination you'll get on well with it.
I've got a couple more of the Gently series so expect I'll get round to these in due course j
Tom Zunder
I love the Gently novels for the view of the 1950s, not quite the England we know and not quite how we think the recent past was, either. The character is urbane, unhurried, likes a pipe and his peppermint creams. This novel is a little different, almost a cross between a locked room manor house crime whodunit and a slightly fey gothic piece. Very enjoyable and not too long, so economical on words and all the better for it.
Carolyn Hammond
Not my favorite of the Gently series. I kept looking for Gently to find that last clue to really wrap it up and he never did. Rather lackluster.
Detective Chief Inspector Alan Gently plans on a quiet Christmas fishing for Pike but finds himself trying to reel in the murderer of a likable American service man. Since this happened at a Lord's castle the case must be handled as gently as a fishing rod.The Chief Commissioner was such a caricature that it detracted somewhat from the story.
Enjoyable series. I don't know whether the world depicted ever existed but it's nice to visit it occasionally. Light reading, not a great deal of depth to the mystery but a pleasant read. Will continue with the series
Inspector Gently finds himself embroiled in an old-fashioned country house murder mystery
Giving 4 stars mainly because I liked it better than books 1-3. 3.5 really.
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Alan Hunter was an English author of crime fiction. All of his 46 novels feature Inspector George Gently and are mainly set in East Anglia.

Initially a farmer, he became an antiquarian bookseller before writing his first novel.
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