Read ✓ Death at the President's Lodging By Michael Innes –

3.5 stars Cerebrally enjoyable, university setting was well done, but characters were not stand outs Felt like pieces of a puzzle to be moved around, and denouement fell flat, felt incomplete Innes wro Audiobook 9 05 Narrator Stephen Hogan2.5 stars out of 5.0Published in 1936, the first Sir John Appleby murder mystery is set in a fictitious Oxford college Inspector Appleby was not a knight at the time of writing, so plain Inspector Appleby was brought in from The Yard to assist a local Inspector with the rather dull name of Dodd to solve the crime for which there were, in the end, six I think suspects, all of them academics Very British, with the required plummy accents and Dons, Deans, Doctors, Fellows and the like, with the most unlikely sounding Surnames Note the uppercase S everybody referred to anybody and everybody else by their Surnames I suppose it was the done thing There were lots of arcane references to arcane poets and equally arcane philosophers and it all became rather academically dull, full of literary puffery and intellectual sn I simply Kant take any When Dr Umpleby, the President of prestigious and ancient St Anthony s College, is found murdered, Inspector Appleby of the Yard is rushed to the spot, as the local plods will clearly not be well educated or cultured enough to deal with such a sensitive affair Fortunately Appleby can quote major and minor philosophers with the best of them and has than a passing knowledge of all the arcane subjects covered in a classical Oxbridge education, all of which will no doubt help him to uncover who killed the President and why.The tone of my introduction may have been somewhat of a spoiler for my opinion of the book, so I may as well jump straight to the conclusion I abandoned this at just under 40%, finally throwing in the towel when one of the characters hinted that the clue to the mystery might be found in an anecdote about Kant quoted in a book by De Quincey This, only a couple of pages after the following passageAnd he Inspector Appleby sipped his whisky and finally murmured to Titlow a suspect , with something of the whimsicality that Titlow had been adopting a little before,What truth is it that these mountains bound, and is a lie in the world beyond There was silence while Titlow s eye dwelt meditatively on the policeman conversant with Montaigne Then he smiled, and his smile had great charm I wear my heart on my wall he asked To project one s own conflicts, to hang th Death at the President s Lodging introduces readers to Inspector Appleby, at this point a young but rising detective with Scotland Yard He is sent into the medieval confines of a fictional Oxford college, where the president has been murdered in his own study Early on it becomes clear that the murderer is most likely one of the president s colleagues, and in fact most of the investigation takes place, claustrophobically enough, within the walled confines of the college We do get to escape briefly with a few undergraduates, and even briefly with Inspector Appleby The mystery unfolds through a series of intellectual debates and courteous conversations between the inspector and the scholars.If this is not your cup of tea, you might well be bored There isn t a lot of skullduggery, and there are no further murders to ratchet up the suspense But if you like the setting, you should find this story deeply absorbing Michael Innes in real life a British don named J I M Stewart challenges your focus at every turn, with a complicated series of events and clues buried in what appear to be idle academic chat I love that he does not write down to his audience There are a few self indulgent bits including a don turned mystery writer whom the inspector finds charming and trusts instinctively a bit on the self congratulatory side , but the complexities of KINDLE Death At The President S Lodging Michael Innes Inspector Appleby Is Called To St Anthony S College, Where The President Has Been Murdered In His Lodging Scandal Abounds When It Becomes Clear That The Only People With Any Motive To Murder Him Are The Only People Who Had The Opportunity Because The President S Lodging Opens Off Orchard Ground, Which Is Locked At Night, And Only The Fellows Of The College Have Keys. . I have trouble with mysteries that start with a map of the premises It s usually an early warning sign that events are going to be confusing, and the first Appleby mystery is no exception Don t expect a synopsis of the action, because I found it confusing and hard to follow, not only because of the red herrings, crosses and double crosses, but because of the narration itself In his first book, Innes seems to partake of the rarified atmosphere of Oxbridge academia to the point of being almost incomprehensible at times The language at the beginning is stilted and unnatural while those rare beings, the academics, are introduced Circumlocutions abound, even when narrating events as they happen Then suddenly in the second half of the book the narrative voice becomes much natural thank goodness However, as others have mentioned, I found the action and implications hard to follow and the professors difficult to tell apart Perhaps this is partly due to the fact that the novel is very much of its time 1935 , with some now quaintly old fashioned ideas on anthropology, psychology, and even criminology Tell me, have the Germans really come up with a way of taking someone s fi February 2017 I found this less slow this time around and fun Review from March 2013 Seven Suspects is the American title of Michael Innes first Inspector Appleby book Death at the President s Lodging The murder of a university president forms the basis of this version of a locked room mystery.I found the beginning slow going, mostly due to Innes style of prose However, once I became accustomed to the style the plot began to unfold, the story quickly First published in 1937, this is Michael Innes s first detective novel This shows it s certainly not a classic like Hamlet, Revenge or Christmas at Candleshoe and, although it s still enjoyable in parts, it does begin to drag quite badly.The plot, as may be imagined from the title, revolves around the murder of the President of a fictitious Oxford College The circumstances are contrived, to say the least, but Innes notes this with some dry remarks from his protagonists and to begin with it s a decently put together mystery as the suspects are narrowed down to a small number of College dons Events move pretty slowly, so the chief pleasure of this book is in Innes s prose and characterisations There is a dry academic wit running through the whole thing, with an ironic tone toward the practices of the College and the conduct of its fellows with all of which Innes himself was extremely familiar, of course This little extract gives the idea a rather stolid policeman is briefing the newly arrived Inspector Appleby from Scotland Yard..the Dean he s called the Reverend the Honourable Tracy Deighton Clerk There was an indefinable salt in the inspector s mode of conveying this information If you like that, you ll probably like the book as I did for quite a while I found, though, that half way through it began to pall and that witty prose but a very contrived and complex plot being very Este es un libro que disfrut pero entiendo que quien no sea tan aficionado al g nero polic aco cl sico, pueda resultarle algo pesado m xime si se tratara de un primer acercamiento a un t pico caso de asesinado de habitaci n cerrada, aqu un College, porque en Muerte en la rector a, aparecen en el final de la resoluci n de la investigaci n, tantos implicados que puede llegar a parecer enrevesado, pero no por ello carente de l gica Me ha gustado la escritura elegante de Innes pudiera a otros por el contrario, tediosa una prosa con esa riqueza de vocabulario con ese Death at the President's Lodging

About the Author: Michael Innes

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 1949, to become a Lecturer at the Queen s University of Belfast In 1949 he became a Student Fellow of Christ Church, Oxford, becoming a Professor by the time of his retirement in 1973 As J.I.M Stewart he published a number of works of non fiction, mainly critical studies of authors, including Joseph Conrad and Rudyard Kipling, as well as about twenty works of fiction and a memoir, Myself and Michael Innes As Michael Innes, he published numerous mystery novels and short story collections, most featuring the Scotland Yard detective John Appleby.

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