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Appleby at Allington (1968)

by Michael Innes

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It is really fun to read Michael Innes; mostly because you can't get more than a few paragraphs before you're wondering, "what on earth does that word mean?" and hoping that you've got the gist from the context.

Appleby has hit retirement age at the point of this story, which makes it a nice slow-paced one for those who aren't insistent that every detective have an Archie Goodwin involved. The puzzle teeters towards the over-convoluted, but the scenery is wonderfully drawn, and it's very enjoyable to work towards solving the mystery.

I thought that Appleby missed an obvious key question earlier in the book that would have cut out fifty pages or so, but then my copy only comes in at around 160 already, which by today's standards makes it hardly there at all. A short read, but of course it's made up for since you have to follow Innes' phenomenal command of his language. One of the finest mystery writers of a fine generation of them, and probably the most intellectual of them all. ( )
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'It's wonderful to have a little peace and quiet for a change,' Owain Allington said.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060805749, Paperback)

Sir John Appleby, retired chief commissioner of Metropolitan Police, was visiting Allington Park, a partially restored estate dating back to Charles I. While exploring a specially built gazebo with the owner, Sir John noticed a bundle in the corner of the room. Stooping to examine it, he said grimly, "it's a man and I think he's dead."

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Appleby dines one evening at Allington Park. His curiosity is aroused when Allington mentions his nephew and heir to the estate Martin, whose name Appleby recognises. By the end of the evening Appleby and Allington have found a dead man.

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