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Cyril Hare (1900–1958)

Author of An English Murder

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Works by Cyril Hare

Associated Works

English Country House Murders (1989) — Contributor — 467 copies
The Oxford Book of English Detective Stories (1990) — Contributor — 393 copies
The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries (2013) — Contributor — 265 copies
The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories (2018) — Contributor — 177 copies
Bodies from the Library (2018) — Contributor — 108 copies
A Surprise for Christmas and Other Seasonal Mysteries (2020) — Contributor — 93 copies
Bodies from the Library 3 (2020) — Contributor — 40 copies
Mysterious Pleasures (2003) — Contributor — 33 copies
Murder in Midwinter (2020) — Contributor — 28 copies
Murder on a Winter's Night (2021) — Contributor — 25 copies
Murder by the Seaside: Classic Crime Stories for Summer (2022) — Contributor — 16 copies
Mehr Morde (1961) — Contributor — 13 copies
The Haunted and the Haunters (1975) — Contributor — 10 copies
Evening Standard Detective Book: Second Series (1951) — Contributor — 8 copies
A book of shorter stories (1962) — Contributor — 6 copies
Modern Detective Stories (1996) — Contributor — 5 copies
Some Like Them Dead (1960) — Contributor — 5 copies
Evening Standard Detective Book (1950) — Contributor — 5 copies
Planned Departures (1958) — Contributor — 3 copies
Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine - 1960/11 (1960) — Contributor — 2 copies
Best Legal Stories 2 (1970) — Contributor — 2 copies
Choice of Weapons — Contributor — 1 copy
Best Legal Stories — Contributor — 1 copy
Nye kriminalhistorier (1969) — Contributor — 1 copy
Die 7 Todsünden (2007) — Contributor — 1 copy
Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine - 1958/08 — Contributor — 1 copy
Einige Morde : Mordgeschichten — Author — 1 copy
Best Crime Stories 2 — Contributor — 1 copy


Common Knowledge

Legal name
Clark, Alfred Alexander Gordon
Date of death
Burial location
St Michael Churchyard Mickleham, Mole Valley District, Surrey, England
Mickleham, Surrey, England
Place of death
Box Hill, Surrey, England, UK
Places of residence
Battersea, London, England, UK
Mickleham, Surrey, England, UK
Oxford University (New College)
Rugby School, Rugby, England, UK
St Aubyn's, Rottingdean
crime novelist
short story writer
Detection Club
Short biography
Cyril Hare's pen name was reportedly derived from a mixture of Hare Court, where he worked as a lawyer, and Cyril Mansions in Battersea, where he lived. As a young man and during the early days of World War II, Hare served as a touring judge's marshal, an experience he used in his novels.   Between 1942 and 1945 he worked at the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.  He served a short time at the Ministry of Economic Warfare, and the wartime civil service. In 1950 he was appointed county court judge in Surrey.  Hare suffered from tuberculosis and died at the age of 57.



A satisfying murder mystery which feels deeply classic but also oddly modern. Classic, because it is set in a snowed-in country house over a 36-hour period, with the suspects restricted to our main cast - everyone of them noble on the surface but deeply shabby within - and a bunch of unseen servants, of course. Modern, because this is a novel in which a socialist Chancellor and a neo-Fascist make up two members of the family, whose guests include a variety of upper-class types realising their day is nearly done, lower-class types on the make, and a refugee from Hitler's Europe who sees through all of this nonsense. (More than once, I had to remind myself this was an authentic novel of the 1950s, and not an Anthony Horowitz pastiche.)

Like most crime fiction novels, the second half is less exciting than the setup, although the plot holds together quite well. I would like to adapt this for the screen, I think. It could make an enjoyable - and timely - TV film.
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therebelprince | 24 other reviews | Oct 24, 2023 |
I never try to figure out the solutions to murder mysteries anyhow, and I wouldn't have been able to in this. For me, it's the quality of the journey with Cyril Hare. And he does, in the very end, tell you why these murders are peculiarly English.
ReadMeAnother | 24 other reviews | Oct 10, 2023 |
Very english. :) A nice classic british locked-room mystery (of the isolated group variety, not a literal locked room).
Kiramke | 24 other reviews | Jun 27, 2023 |
Maybe even 4.5*

I found Hare’s setting in this one very amusing (a satire of WW2 British bureaucracy, it’s set in the Bureau of Pin Control and has a subplot about black market trading in pins!) and the mystery was very good. I thought that I had figured it out but not so!
leslie.98 | 5 other reviews | Jun 27, 2023 |



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