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Appleby Talks Again (Sir John Appleby #15)

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Ralph Dangerfield, an Edwardian playwright who belonged to the smartest young set of his day, kept a scandalous diary recording the intimate details of his own life and those of his friends. After his death, it was believed that his mother had burnt the incriminating evidence, but fifty years later, a famous collector of literary curiosities claims to have the diary in his ...more
Paperback, 196 pages
Published September 23rd 2008 by House of Stratus (first published 1956)
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Neil
Mar 13, 2012 rated it liked it
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The Duke of Edinburgh was once asked, as he got of a flight to Australia "how was the flight, Sir?". He replied "Have you ever flown from London to Sydney? Well, it was like that."

So. Have you ever read an Inspector Appleby book? This one's like those. Not so much predictable as reassuring. Clubby, elegant in a staunchly English middle-class way. I love 'em, but I realise they're not for everyone. I'd give it five cups of tea. I'd feel silly giving it five stars.
John Yeoman
Feb 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
The first story in this collection 'A Matter of Goblins' is acceptably structured and closes convincingly. Alas, all the other stories are raw unfinished sketches that, it seems, Innes never got around to revising. They all contain highly ingenious plots but none of the plots is convincingly developed.
Susan
Sir John Appleby is featured in each of these stories--most of them super-short. As befits the husband of a sculptor, he finds himself involved in many crimes that are art-related. Enjoyable.
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Michael Innes was the pseudonym of John Innes MacKintosh (J.I.M.) Stewart (J.I.M. Stewart).

He was born in Edinburgh, and educated at Edinburgh Academy and Oriel College, Oxford. He was Lecturer in English at the University of Leeds from 1930-1935, and spent the succeeding ten years as Jury Professor of English at the University of Adelaide, South Australia.

He returned to the United Kingdom in 19
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