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Smallbone Deceased (Inspector Hazelrigg #4)

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  255 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
At eleven o'clock this mornng a partner in this firm of solicitors - what's their name - Horniman, Birley and Craine, opened one of their deed boxes. The box was supposed to contain certain papers relating to a trust. What they found was one of the trustees. Name of Smallbone - Marcus Smallbone - very dead.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 1st 1986 by Everyman (first published 1950)
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Feb 08, 2015 Polly rated it really liked it
Oh, how I adore the writings of Michael F. Gilbert. People who can write unobtrusively beautiful English, terrific characters, interesting and sometimes diabolical plots and always get their facts straight are very rare, but he was one such. This is a murder mystery about an English firm of solicitors, and is funny, interesting, and not at all obvious.
Aug 09, 2015 John rated it it was amazing
I first read this book many years ago and had forgotten how good it is and it is very good indeed.

Gilbert writes beautifully with that lovely trace of wit that I find so enjoyable. Set in the rarified and fusty legal atmosphere of Lincolns Inn this story has a really interesting plot with many twists and turns, red herrings and excellent characterizations. The epitome of British Golden Age Detective writing. A "must read" for any lover of this genre.

Superb!! Couldn't put it down.
Linda Brue
Aug 26, 2016 Linda Brue rated it really liked it
The founding partner of legal firm Horniman, Birley and Craine has recently passed away from a heart condition when Henry Bohun joins the firm. Soon after, the firm is puzzled by the disappearance of a client, Marcus Smallbone, but the mystery of where he has gone is abruptly solved when his body is found in a sealed deed box. Enter Inspector Hazlerigg, who believes the murder was done by someone in the law firm. It seems as if the founding partner had the best motive. Knowing he was dying, woul ...more
Mar 03, 2016 Kerrie rated it really liked it
When the senior partner of the firm Horniman, Birley and Crane, Abel Horniman dies, his son Bob, a war hero from the Navy, takes over his share of the partnership. Bob needs to find Mr Smallbone who is a co-trustee of one of the accounts his father managed. In addition there appears to be some money missing. Everybody he contacts thinks that Smallbone, an avid collector of ancient artifacts, has gone off to Rome on a buying trip. The discovery of his body thus comes as a surprise although the re ...more
Lisa Kucharski
Jan 05, 2011 Lisa Kucharski rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable murder mystery, written with a wonderful sense of humor. Fun characters that still come off as human, wonderful mystery as well! Highly recommend it to anyone seeking wonderful writing coupled with a smart plot.

Jan 02, 2015 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gialli
Si tratta di un romanzo poliziesco scritto nel 1950, ed inserito all’epoca da due critici nelle rispettive liste dei 100 migliori gialli di tutti i tempi. Lo scrittore, Michael Gilbert, fu anche un illustre avvocato (rappresentò in giudizio, tra gli altri, lo scrittore Raymond Chandler) e si comprende, leggendo il romanzo, che conosceva molto bene i rapporti di lavoro e personali che nascono tra chi lavora in uno studio legale.
Nello studio legale londinese Horniman, Birley e Craine, in occasione
Sep 29, 2014 DoctorM rated it really liked it
A rather clever British mystery of the old school, just slightly tongue-in-cheek. Fun both for the police procedures and for a look at life in a shabby-genteel London firm of solicitors in c. 1949. A bit rushed at the end, but still a book for a Friday night with a glass or two of good port, and certainly a story that should be a BBC period piece.
Sep 22, 2015 Deb rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite Michael Gilbert mysteries! An intriguing protagonist, a wily Scotland Yard inspector, a curious murder, and a devious and intelligent murderer combine to make a great read. Strongly recommended!
May 25, 2013 Ffiamma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"a parte la chiesa cattolica, che è una riconosciuta conoscitrice del comportamento umano, non esiste nessuno più rapido di un avvocato nell'avvertire le prime, vaghe tracce di uno scandalo: quello speciale, sfuggente odore di qualcosa che non è esattamente come dovrebbe essere"
giallo molto classico e molto gustoso ambientato in uno studio legale in cui viene trovato un cadavere. le indagini saranno condotte dalla polizia e da un avvocato insonne; la storia è avvincente e piena di indizi, lo sti
Feb 20, 2010 Susan rated it really liked it
New solicitor Henry Bohun joins the London firm of Horniman, Birley and Craine, but neither of the parties knows what they're getting into. Marcus Smallbone is the trustee of a charity fund, along with the recently deceased senior partner. When Smallbone's body is found in the office, everyone is under suspicion. Fortunately for Bohun, not only did he join the firm too recently to be a likely culprit, but he and Inspector Hazlerigg share a friend, and he becomes Hazlerigg's confidante and inside ...more
Nov 12, 2015 David rated it really liked it
HRF Keating and the British Crime Writer's Association listed this book among the Top 100 Crime Novels.

Jun 01, 2014 Deanna rated it it was amazing
One of the best books of it's kind. I have read many Michael Gilbert and will continue to re-read ...
Marc Berkowitz
Oct 15, 2014 Marc Berkowitz rated it really liked it
An entertaining mystery, set in the Inns of Court ca. 1950,
vividly depicted.
Michael Treiman
Feb 19, 2015 Michael Treiman marked it as gave-up
I imagine the pompous Britishness conceals some humor I am not getting. Meh, I'll give it another shot some day.
Kathy Hale
Jun 05, 2015 Kathy Hale rated it did not like it
Shelves: oboc2015
This read like a BBC special. OK for Brits but made a lot of references to London landmarks.
Ben Schaffer
Nov 30, 2014 Ben Schaffer rated it liked it
Jo Christian
Mar 19, 2014 Jo Christian rated it really liked it
I want to read more Michael Gilbert
Sep 26, 2014 Joel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Enjoyable mystery set in an English law firm.
Oct 08, 2012 Lynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An intelligent mystery in the classic mode. The use of characters connected to one office (a law firm), the unravelling of their personal and work relationships, and the dialogue reminded me of Dorothy Sayers' Murder Must Advertise.
Janet Aileen
Dec 14, 2012 Janet Aileen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of HRF Keating's 100 Best Mystery Books. It was a very enjoyable paced, well developed characters, carefully plotted, and funny.
Sarah Seeberg
Mar 07, 2013 Sarah Seeberg rated it really liked it
Starts with one of the more interesting places to stuff a dead body.
Mar 02, 2013 Tina rated it really liked it
Nice classic British mystery! Very well plotted.
Feb 12, 2013 Ken rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Excellent classic British mystery.
Russell Webb
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Born in Lincolnshire in 1912, Michael Francis Gilbert was educated in Sussex before entering the University of London where he gained an LLB with honours in 1937. Gilbert was a founding member of the British Crime Writers Association, and in 1988 he was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America - an
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