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Michael Innes (1906–1994)

Author of Death at the President's Lodging

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About the Author

John Innes Mackintosh Stewart was born in Edinburgh. He attended Oxford where he studied English. He taught English in universities at the University of Adelaide, in South Australia. Stewart published novels, short stories, studies in literature, biographies, and plays. Under his name, he wrote show more scholarly works such as Character and Motive in Shakespeare, Rudyard Kipling, and Thomas Hardy. As Michael Innes, he wrote over fifty detective novels with Inspector John Appleby of Scotland Yard in London as the main character. These titles include Death at the President's Lodging, The Journeying Boy, Lament for a Maker, Operation Pax, the Crabtree Affair and Silence Observed. Stewart died on November 12, 1994. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Disambiguation Notice:

Michael Innes is the pen name of J. I. M. Stewart. J. I. M. Stewart wrote academic works on English Literature and novels under his own name, using the Michael Innes nom-de-plume for detective novels and broadcast scripts.


Works by Michael Innes

Hamlet, Revenge! (1937) 500 copies
Appleby's End (1945) 277 copies
Lament for a Maker (1938) 263 copies
The Daffodil Affair (1942) 252 copies
Operation Pax (1951) 226 copies
The Weight of the Evidence (1943) 218 copies
A Private View (1952) 214 copies
The Journeying Boy (1949) 209 copies
The Long Farewell (1958) 209 copies
Hare Sitting Up (1959) 208 copies
Appleby on Ararat (1941) 207 copies
The Secret Vanguard (1941) 202 copies
A Connoisseur's Case (1962) 201 copies
Death at the Chase (1970) 190 copies
From London Far (1946) 187 copies
Appleby at Allington (1968) 187 copies
The Man from the Sea (1955) 177 copies
An Awkward Lie (1971) 175 copies
The Ampersand Papers (1978) 174 copies
Appleby's Answer (1973) 171 copies
Death on a Quiet Day (1956) 170 copies
Christmas at Candleshoe (1953) 168 copies
The Bloody Wood (1966) 167 copies
A Night of Errors (1947) 162 copies
Silence Observed (1961) 162 copies
Appleby's Other Story (1974) 155 copies
The New Sonia Wayward (1960) 154 copies
Appleby and Honeybath (1983) 150 copies
Lord Mullion's Secret (1981) 141 copies
The Open House (1972) 139 copies
What Happened at Hazelwood (1946) 139 copies
The Mysterious Commission (1974) 132 copies
Sheiks and Adders (1982) 129 copies
The Gay Phoenix (1976) 123 copies
Honeybath's Haven (1977) 120 copies
Appleby and the Ospreys (1986) 114 copies
Carson's Conspiracy (1984) 110 copies
A Family Affair (1969) 107 copies
Eight Modern Writers (1963) 106 copies
The Appleby File (1975) 105 copies
Money from Holme (1964) 104 copies
Stop Press (1939) 104 copies
Old Hall, New Hall (1956) 101 copies
Appleby Talks (1954) 93 copies
The Gaudy (1974) 79 copies
Appleby Talks Again (1678) 71 copies
A Change of Heir (1966) 67 copies
Candleshoe [1977 film] (1804) — Author — 60 copies
Young Pattullo (1975) 52 copies
Full Term (1977) 49 copies
A Memorial Service (1976) 47 copies
Michael Innes Omnibus (1983) 46 copies
Going It Alone (1718) 43 copies
A Use of Riches (1957) 40 copies
The Michael Innes treasury (1945) 32 copies
The Man Who Won the Pools (1961) 31 copies
The Last Tresilians (1963) 29 copies
Appleby Talks About Crime (2010) 23 copies
Andrew and Tobias (1980) 20 copies
Avery's mission (1971) 18 copies
Mungo's dream (1973) 18 copies
Rudyard Kipling (1966) 17 copies
A Villa in France (1982) 16 copies
James Joyce (1960) 14 copies
The Aylwins (1966) 13 copies
Parlour 4 and Other Stories (1986) 13 copies
The Naylors (1985) 9 copies
An Open Prison (1984) 9 copies
A Palace of Art (1972) 9 copies
Mark Lambert's Supper (1954) 9 copies
The Guardians (1828) 8 copies
An Acre of Grass (1965) 8 copies
Joseph Conrad (1968) 7 copies
Vanderlyn's Kingdom (1968) 3 copies

Associated Works

Vanity Fair (1848) — Editor, some editions; Introduction, some editions — 14,398 copies
The Moonstone (1868) — Editor, some editions — 10,549 copies
English Country House Murders (1989) — Contributor — 468 copies
Swan Song (1947) — Introduction, some editions — 448 copies
The Oxford Book of English Detective Stories (1990) — Contributor — 392 copies
Blood on the Tracks (2018) — Contributor — 166 copies
Murder by the Book: Mysteries for Bibliophiles (2021) — Contributor — 149 copies
Murder Most Scottish (1656) — Contributor — 90 copies
Deep Waters: Mysteries on the Waves (2019) — Contributor — 81 copies
The Oxford Book of Travel Stories (1996) — Contributor — 74 copies
Verdict of 13 (1978) — Contributor — 69 copies
Murder Most Cozy: Mysteries in the Classic Tradition (1993) — Contributor — 53 copies
Murder in Midsummer: Classic Mysteries for the Holidays (2019) — Contributor — 35 copies
Murder Takes a Holiday: Classic Crime Stories for Summer (2020) — Contributor — 23 copies
Murder at the Races (1995) — Contributor — 20 copies
Great detective stories (1998) — Contributor — 20 copies
Stories and poems (1970) — Introduction — 19 copies
Best Detective Stories (1959) — Contributor — 17 copies
Murder by the Seaside: Classic Crime Stories for Summer (2022) — Contributor — 16 copies
My Favorite Mystery Stories (1960) — Contributor — 13 copies
Evening Standard Detective Book: Second Series (1951) — Contributor — 8 copies
Three tales of Hamlet (1950) 7 copies
The Gollancz Detective Omnibus (1951) — Contributor — 6 copies
Evening Standard Detective Book (1950) — Contributor — 5 copies
Classic Crime 5 Book Gift Set (1988) — Contributor — 5 copies
Mord als schöne Kunst betrachtet (1999) — Contributor — 5 copies
Winter's Crimes 4 (1972) — Contributor — 3 copies
Nye detektivhistorier fra hele verden — Author, some editions — 2 copies
Great Stories of Detection (1960) — Contributor — 2 copies
Det ligner mord. 10 moderne detektivhistorier — Author, some editions — 1 copy
The Second Gollancz Detective Omnibus (1952) — Contributor — 1 copy
Einige Morde : Mordgeschichten — Author — 1 copy


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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Stewart, John Innes MacKintosh
Other names
Stewart, J. I. M.
Innes, Michael
Date of death
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Place of death
Coulsdon, London, England, UK
Places of residence
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Leeds, Yorkshire, England, UK
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Edinburgh Academy
Oxford University (Oriel College)
lecturer (English ∙ Leeds)
professor (English ∙ University of Adelaide)
lecturer (English ∙ Queen's University ∙ Belfast)
crime novelist
literary critic
Oxford University (fellow)
Detection Club
Owatonna Media (estate)
Short biography
Using the pseudonym of Michael Innes, the Scottish academic and literary critic J.I.M. Stewart published nearly 50 crime novels and short story collections known for their wit, exuberance, and "tongue-in-cheek propensity" for intriguing turns of phrase.
Disambiguation notice
Michael Innes is the pen name of J. I. M. Stewart. J. I. M. Stewart wrote academic works on English Literature and novels under his own name, using the Michael Innes nom-de-plume for detective novels and broadcast scripts.



Candleshoe, Michael Innes; jimroberts' review in Reviews reviewed (October 2010)


Martyn Ashmore believes that on one day each year an attempt is made on his life and one year it will be successful. On the day in question he meets Sir John Appleby, invites him to lunch and as they are about to enter the house a heavy piece of masonry falls between them. Although sceptical at first, Appleby decides to investigate further.

I had a big grin while reading this thoroughly enjoyable excursion into one of Sir John's loopier adventures which every now and then burst into a fit of giggles.… (more)
Robertgreaves | 4 other reviews | Nov 30, 2023 |
Originally published in 1937, Hamlet, Revenge! is the second novel to feature Inspector John Appleby as he investigates the murder of Lord Auldearn, the Lord Chancellor of England during an amateur production of Hamlet at the country house of the Duke of Horton. Appleby works closely with Giles Gott, who appeared in the first book of the series and keeps Appleby informed on the guests and family at the large country estate of Scamnum Court. Along with the murder, there is espionage and a mysterious puzzle to unravel.

I won’t be counting this book as one of my favorites of Innes as I found it rather too clever. Chock full of Shakespearan quotes, the actual plot was intricate but dense and moved very slowly. There was a large cast of characters to keep track of and they all seemed to have motive and opportunity. Overall I found the story rather pretentious, slightly amusing but not a book that I believe I will long remember.
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DeltaQueen50 | 19 other reviews | Nov 15, 2023 |
republished later as The Seven Suspects: this title purchased at Powells October 2023 w proviso I could return if I found another copy among my books in storage; since I do not show this 'in my Library' may just as well keep it
Overgaard | 28 other reviews | Oct 30, 2023 |
First published in 1936, Death at the President’s Lodging is both author Michael Innes first novel and the first book in his Inspector Appleby series. The body of the President of St. Anthony’s College is discovered in his study, and it’s appearance appears rather staged as his head is swathed in an academic gown and his body is surrounded by bones. The suspect list is narrowed down to seven men, the only ones with keys to the area surrounding the study and Inspector Appleby is called in to investigate.

The book is set totally within St. Anthony’s College, with a map of the college and it’s grounds supplied at the beginning of the book. With seven suspects I thought I would be able to figure out who the murderer was but I was totally in the dark. The plot was very clever but I wasn’t such a fan of the intricate discussions that occurred among the academics, a little too high-brow for me. The mystery was slowly put together by Appleby who comes across as an intelligent gentlemanly detective who relies upon his brain to work out the clues.

Death at the President’s Lodging is both a creative and complex mystery that takes full advantage of it’s academic atmosphere. I have previously read a couple of Michael Innes stand-alone mysteries and I have a couple of the Appleby series on my Kindle so I will definitely be reading more from this golden-age author.
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DeltaQueen50 | 28 other reviews | Sep 10, 2023 |



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