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Tour de Force (Inspector Cockrill #6)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  35 ratings  ·  5 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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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
some of christianna brand's books are brilliant, but maybe i'm just losing my taste for them.
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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...
Brand creates amazingly complex plots. Absorbing, though some of the characters are less believeable.
Sometimes dragging but I liked the plot and story. All the good mystery formula is in here.
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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