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Jack on the Gallows Tree: A Carolus Deene Mystery

(Carolus Deene #8)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  8 reviews
The dead bodies of two elderly ladies are discovered; both had been strangled. Each is found lying full-length, clasping in her hand the stem of a Madonna lily.
Paperback, 189 pages
Published August 30th 2005 by Academy Chicago Publishers (first published 1960)
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Kate
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it
"Within the space of an hour or two the dead bodies of two elderly ladies are discovered in the vicinity of Buddington-on-the-Hill; both had been strangled. Each was found lying full length clasping in her hands the stem of a Madonna lily. the work of a maniac? Could there be two murderers who together planned their foul deeds? It falls to Carolus Deene, the Gentleman Detective who teaches at a boys' public school, to unravel the knot of mystery which hangs like a pall of the little English town ...more
Ralph
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The drawback in most of the Carolus Deene books is the programmed feel to them. We even have a precocious schoolboy who chimes in from time to time with jabs to Deene if he starts to fall behind in his investigation -- isn't it about time for you to question the suspects; isn't it about time you had a breakthrough; well, here you are and I am not surprised because isn't it about time you found yourself in a pub. I always forgive these little jabs because Bruce's books are always such a pleasure ...more
Larry
May 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carolus Deene is a gentleman detective of the old school (1920s and 30s), though the books were written later (60s and 70s). They are pleasant light fare, and one imagines that Lord Whimsey is right around the corner. Deene's profession, that of schoolmaster, allows for some satirical potshots at English public (that is, private ) schools.
Bev
Nov 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Jack on the Gallows Tree, Carolus Deene, Senior History Master at a boys' public school and gentleman detective extraordinaire is faced with a very odd murder case. In the course of an evening, two elderly ladies from Buddington-on-the-Hill are found strangled and laid out clasping an Easter lily in their hands. The two ladies did not know each other and there are tenuous links at best between them--they both sold gold to the same "gold-clapper," for instance. While there are obvious suspects ...more
M.
May 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-mysteries
This was my first Leo Bruce novel. I decided to try one since the "read alike" feature on Stop, You're Killing Me! (a must visit web site for any serious mystery fan) suggested Bruce read like Agatha Christie. And in a basic sense, that's true.

Like Christie, Bruce has a lead character: Carolus Deene, a teacher at a private school. He's out of class now, resting at a lavish hotel in Buddington-on-Hill to recuperate from illness. The headmaster of the school is resting too, because he figures if D
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Diane
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For three wild lads were we, brave boys,
And three wild lads were we;
Thou on the land, and I on the sand,
and Jack on the gallows tree!

Sir Walter Scott, Guy Mannering


Carolus Deene is a popular teacher at a small boys' school in Newminster. He has made quite a name for himself as an amateur detective, much to the horror of his boss, Headmaster Gorringer. Gorringer does not approve of Deene's involvement in murder investigations because he thinks it is bad publicity for the school. When Carolus is
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Ann
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anglophilia, mystery
Carolus Deene, schoolmaster and amateur sleuth, finds that murder follows him wherever he goes. In the sleepy town where he's recovering from jaundice, two old women are murdered in the same night. is there a maniac at work or is there a calculating, plotting brain behind this? Carolus Deene investigates in his usual manner : by talking to suspects, neighbors and bystanders. There was not much tension in this book, but some of the secondary characters, like the vegetarian-naturist-teetotaling Ba ...more
Calum Reed
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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