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Tour de Force (Inspector Cockrill #6)

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  51 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
This fast-paced mystery features Inspector Cockrill of the Kent County Police, who is taking his vacation on an island off the coast of Italy. When a fellow tourist is stabbed to death, the Inspector's dim view of Latin culture reaches a new low as he assists the inept local authorities.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published December 1st 1988 by Carroll & Graf Publishers (first published 1955)
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Jun 03, 2013 Bruce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This, a mystery in the classic tradition, is notable for the unusually high stakes for discovering the murderer's identity. The setting is a politically backward island (fictional) off the coast of Italy, where a member of an eight-person tour is murdered. Local officials find it imperative that the culprit be found and executed as soon as possible to avoid a blow to their tourist trade. Unfortunately, this is not an easy matter, and each of the remaining tour members, including Inspector Cockri ...more
Sep 24, 2015 William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tour de Force cements Christianna Brand, in my estimation, as one of the very few Golden Age mystery writers that could hold their own with Agatha Christie. Christie wrote mysteries that frequently had the power to shock in the final pages, as a network of clues suddenly came together in one inevitable but wholly unforeseen conclusion. It's a very rare gift, and though Brand was considerably less prolific than Christie, she clearly possessed it in similar quantities.

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Feb 17, 2014 Nancy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
some of christianna brand's books are brilliant, but maybe i'm just losing my taste for them.
spoiler alert:
this book asks you to believe that an ordinary human being can commit a murder on the spur of the moment and then, in about 2 hours, decide to disguise the murder victim as herself and to "become" the murder victim. This entails rinsing off hair dye and removing false eyelashes from the corpse and dying her own hair, putting on makeup,etc. Now really...
A very good British mystery with enough complications to make a juggler struggle to keep up.
Inspector Cockrill, while on a vacation that he soon regrets taking, has to solve a strange murder case in order to free himself and his fellow tour gtoup from a island paradise that isn't so heavenly.
Brand creates amazingly complex plots. Absorbing, though some of the characters are less believeable.
Sep 11, 2009 Joy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Sometimes dragging but I liked the plot and story. All the good mystery formula is in here.
Aug 19, 2012 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Inspector Cockrill's 6th outing is a treat!
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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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