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The Piccadilly Murder (Ambrose Chitterwick #1)

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  33 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Has Mr Ambrose Chitterwick witnessed suicide or murder at the Piccadilly Palace Hotel? Chief Inspector Moresby of Scotland Yard believes Major Sinclair, her nephew and heir, poisoned the old lady, and he has Chitterwick down as chief witness for the prosecution. Chitterwick finds himself drawn ever deeper into the case following a succession of unexpected twists and turns ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 1st 1983 by Dover Publications (first published 1929)
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Ivonne Rovira
Ambrose Chitterwick may be a milquetoast relentlessly hectored by his own imperious aunt, but he's a formidable force in his own field of criminology. Quickly realizing that the supposed suicide of a woman at the Piccadilly Palace Hotel was likely a murder, Chitterwick performs an anomalous act of bravado and summons his acquaintance, Chief Inspector Moresby, who confirms Chitterwick's supposition.

However, a contrived encounter with the suspect's wife -- I won't ruin the book by telling you the
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Jan 14, 2016 Margaret Acton rated it liked it
Perfectly pleasant guessed the murderer. Good for fairly mindless amusement.
John
Jul 23, 2014 John rated it really liked it
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The detective here is meek, unassuming and lives with his over-bearing aunt, which I found to be an extremely refreshing change of pace from the usual superman type of detective (extremely intelligent, erudite, rich, etc.). I found some of the plot twists to be a bit of a stretch, but the tone of the book is light and amusing so I found that easy to forgive.
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Jun 12, 2009 Michele rated it liked it
Reprint of a Golden Age mystery, first published in 1930. Very appealing main character.
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Aug 20, 2009 Katlyn Calia rated it it was ok
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This was dull as far as murders go- and I predicted the ending.
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Anthony Berkeley Cox was an English crime writer. He wrote under several pen-names, including Francis Iles, Anthony Berkeley and A. Monmouth Platts. One of the founders of The Detection Club
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