Smallbone Deceased (Inspector Hazelrigg, #4)
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Smallbone Deceased (Inspector Hazelrigg #4)

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At eleven o'clock this mornng a partner in this firm of solicitors - what's their name - Horniman, Birley an 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.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published May 1st 1986 by Everyman (first published 1950)
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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...more
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
One of the best books of it's kind. I have read many Michael Gilbert and will continue to re-read ...
Jo Christian
I want to read more Michael Gilbert
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.
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.
Lisa Kucharski
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.

Janet Aileen
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
Starts with one of the more interesting places to stuff a dead body.
Nice classic British mystery! Very well plotted.
Feb 12, 2013 Ken rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Excellent classic British mystery.
A wonderful traditional mystery!
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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 achievement many thought long overdue. He won the Life Achievement Anthony Award at th...more
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