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Murder Fantastical (Inspector Henry Tibbett Mystery #8)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  94 ratings  ·  12 reviews
The Manciples have always been known to their neighbors as the most eccentric family in the charming village of Cregwall. But nothing has ever started the local tongues wagging so much as when the body of Raymond Mason, who recently has taken a mysterious interest in buying the Manciple estate, is found lying in the Manciple driveway with a bullet hole in his forehead
Paperback, 253 pages
Published March 1st 1989 by Henry Holt & Co (P) (first published 1967)
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Polly
One of the funniest books I have ever read. I've read it about six times, and it still cracks me up every single time. The mystery itself isn't funny, but the family involved sure is. My mother (who agrees with me about this and many other things) and I have been known to chant, in unison, the funniest lines from the book, including "I am the Bishop of Bugaloland and I want half a pound of margerine!", which, allow me to assure you, is very funny indeed, although admittedly only if you've read t ...more
Ken
Feb 17, 2013 Ken rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
Even a line like "I am the Bishop of Bugolaland and I want half a pound of margarine!" doesn't do justice to the full development of the oddball side of the story. Even the oddball side is by no means shallow: Inspector Tibbett maintains throughout that the Manciples are not at all cracked, though they are certainly an experience. There are serious sides to the story as well, making for a well-rounded story, and one that definitely keeps you guessing.

The resolution does seem to come out of left
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Maurean
Apparently one in a string of books that center around Inspector Henry Tibbett, Chief Superintendent of Scotland Yard, "Murder Fantastical" introduces The Manciple family, known eccentrics in the village of Cregwell who call in Tibbett to help them save their family home; It appears that the body of Raymond Mason, a social-climbing bookie with a mysterious interest in purchasing the Manciple estate, has been found dead in their driveway, from a bullet hole in his forehead. While the town sympath ...more
Cindy
Sep 10, 2007 Cindy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mystery fans
Shelves: mysteries
Henry Tibbett meets the Manciple family for the first time in investigating the murder of Raymond Mason. Mason, a bookie, had made it big and wanted entry into country society. He was determined to buy the Manciple home, Cregwell Grange. But the owner, Major George Manciple, will not sell. So when Mason is shot leaving the Manciple home, the villagers don't have to look very far for the murderer. Not that they don't sympathize, since none of them like Mason either. But Tibbett still has to get t ...more
Bev
Patricia Moyes was a practitioner of the traditional English mystery with a focus on the solution and Chicago Tribune as “the writer who put the ‘who’ back in the whodunit.” Her Inspector Henry Tibbett is described as a man easily overlooked--"mild-looking, sandy-haired" and "middle-aged"--but his mild appearance allows him to follow his "nose" for clues without unduly ruffling any feathers along the way.
the characters rather than the crime itself and psychology of its villain. She was dubbed e
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Tricia
So many of the modern "cozy" series are somewhat formulaic and predictable. That is not true of Moyes' series. Each plot seems fairly unique. In this book, we meet the Manciples, a quirky family who lead to many laugh-out-loud moments.

Tibbett gets strangely cozy with the people under investigation - even going so far as to dine with them. That seems odd for police procedurs. On the other hand, i am often struck by how people sometimes don't go along with the investigation in these books. Is tha
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Jo Ellen
There were scenes that caused me to laugh out loud, especially the collapse of the fortune telling tent at the village fete. The Manciple family is indeed a collection of "exceptional" people and Moyes' nonsense conversations are entertaining. There's a slow hook at the end, but it isn't a deus ex machina kind of feeling. I was pleased that I had some ideas of what was happening, picking up on the clues that were dropped (maybe because they were so obvious).
Nancy
My head is still spinning from this cozy mystery and its rather dizzying array of characters, clues and confusion.

The book was alot of fun because of the quirky characters, but if you are a mystery fan who likes to try to solve the puzzle as you read---the reader doesn't stand a chance with this one. The conclusion comes out of left field, but nothing could really diminish the fun of Moyes' characters and her very persistent, interesting detective.
Karen
Hilarious and convoluted, like Agatha Christie crossed with P.G. Wodehouse.
Barbara
Cozy with delightful characters! Glad to discover this author.
Steve Smoot
lovely characters, so-so mystery.
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Moyes was born in Dublin on 19 January 1923 and was educated at Overstone girls' school in Northampton. She joined the WAAF in 1939. In 1946 Peter Ustinov hired her as technical assistant on his film School for Secrets. She became his personal assistant for the next eight years. In 1960 she wrote the screenplay for the film School for Scoundrels starring Ian Carmichael, Terry-Thomas, and Alastair ...more
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