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Death of Jezebel (Inspector Cockrill #4)

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At a medieval pageant, Inspector Cockrill investigates a dramatic death

Ever since she drove her best friend’s fiancé to kill himself, Isabel Drew has been nicknamed Jezebel. She is domineering, arrogant, vain—and beautiful enough to get away with it. She is starring as a princess in a medieval pageant when her past catches up to her. On tiny slips of paper, threats appear,
Published (first published 1949)
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A not-so-virtuous maiden gets herself killed in front of hundreds of spectators during a medieval play, and there’s no way it could have been done. Inspector Cockrill saw the death happen, and even he has his doubts. Nicely sparring tale of conflicting styles of policemen, showcasing Cockrill but also featuring Brand’s other Inspector, Charlesworth, who has more than met his match in Cockrill and comes off second best here.

Extremely intricate timetable plotting mixed with a very strong revenge t
Mar 18, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it
World War II is finally over, and it's seven years since Johnny Wise killed himself. But now the three people whose actions caused his suicide are being threatened. Perpetua Kirk, who was Johnny's fiancee, asks Inspector Cockrill, in London for a conference, to help her. She and the other two are involved in a pageant, and when a murder is committed, it's clear that only a small number of people could have done it. Actually, the young Scotland Yard detective in charge of the case doesn't see how ...more
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One of the nicest and impressive locked rooms that I have read ever.
A hypnotic locked room. A theater, a parade of horses, a whore, a vengeance, the justice who should be a knight, another rider who will not know until the end if he was empty or full armor, a crime without explanation, and a crime of which nothing is known until the end. A prequel that imagines revenge for the death of a young, summarized in three pages. A real masterpiece of one of the most skilled writers, the golden age of my
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Finished it at exactly 23h59', one minute to Lunar New Year Eve.
A nice way to end a year and start a new one eh?
Anyway, back to the book.
It was a good book, easy to read, easy to follow. But still it's a genious one with a lot of twist and turn.
What Christianna Brand did was an amazing job, she inherited the legacy of classical thriller, and you can see in those pages of the book something soft and familiar that you commonly feel about Agatha and her marvellous works too.
Another detail that make
Isabel Drew is not a nice person. It is her machinations that caused a young man to kill himself. Not to mention she seems to have broken up some marriages and is most certainly blackmailing at least one person. Yet, it is a surprise that she is killed at a pageant in front of a huge audience. There are 12 men on horses, all of the men in full armor surrounding the tower from which she falls. And there is one crew member locked behind the stage and she's ready to swear no one came through. So wh ...more
Even though i find it a chore to read this novel, the anticipation of the sealed room trick kept me fired. The idea of the sealed room is ingenious, even though the murderer seems to risks so much for his trick, but boy does this works! I like the false solution better than the true one, mostly because it was the same with my own solution. overall, i like this book for its mystery and subtle jokes. The ending i find a little dramatic, not really my style.
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Christianna Brand (December 17, 1907 - March 11, 1988) was a crime writer and children's author. Brand also wrote under the pseudonyms Mary Ann Ashe, Annabel Jones, Mary Roland, and China Thomson.

She was born Mary Christianna Milne in 1907 in Malaya and spent her early years in India. She had a number of different occupations, including model, dancer, shop assistant and governess.

Her first novel,
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