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Death at St. Asprey's School

(Carolus Deene #17)

3.21  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  7 reviews
There are strange goings-on at St. Asprey's, an expensive boys' preparatory school: footsteps in passages at night . . . strange lights . . . rabbits with battered skulls. Carolus Deene has some spine-tingling experiences before he solves the mystery.
Paperback, 221 pages
Published August 30th 2005 by Academy Chicago Publishers (first published 1967)
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Kate
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
"There are strange goings-on at St. Aspey's, an expensive boys' preparatory school: footsteps in passages at night ... strange lights ... rabbits with battered skulls ... a face in the window ... a puppy found in a pool of blood ... and even worse to come.

"Who is the most logical choice to investigate these strange phenomena but Carolus Deene, the Senior History Master at Queen's School? In a tense, chilling atmosphere of blackmail among the blackboards ... when the ghostly charades prove to be
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Kathy
May 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery-series
Carolus Deane, a man of "independent means," is the hero of a series of amateur detective stories, the kind that tend to irritate me. St. Asprey's is a boy's prep school in Gloucestershire, and the setting for a number of strange events which Deane is asked to investigate. As a substitute school master he fits in and is on hand (of course) when one of his colleagues is murdered. He works it out predictably and summarizes his conclusion to a gathering a la Agatha Christie. A waste of time.
Catherine Mason
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this mystery. Lots of red herrings. Unfortunately there was a bit of an editing blunder where Carolus Deene revealed some important information to a character twice, and the second time was said to be the first time he had mentioned that information. I liked the school setting.
Calum Reed
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it
B-: It was difficult to care too much about this one, but the puzzle is still very well-devised. Bruce is the definition of consistent.
Susan
Jun 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-england
Schoolmaster and amateur sleuth Carolus Deene leaves the school where he normally teaches to investigate some strange incidents at a preparatory (younger children) school. Then the man considered by some a victim of the prankster and by some the most likely suspect, is found murdered. Even Deene finds the dramatis personae unlikeable.
Alexia Gordon
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, mystery
Originally published in 1967, it seemed dated. Much heavier handed with the exposition than modern mysteries. Decently plotted mystery, the killer wasn't obvious, however, the detective did use some knowledge that the reader couldn't possibly have known to reach his conclusion. Somewhat cynical view of life in an English boys' prep school.
Elena
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
It felt pretty silly to me, but it's hard to judge a book when one reads it in such a poor translation (English into Italian)
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