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Jill Paton Walsh
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17 Feb 1994 Imogen Quy Mysteries
In a fictional Cambridge college, an undergraduate is found dead in the Wyndham Case, a most peculiar private library which just happens to be worth a fortune to the college. It is not until another student is found dead in a fountain that Imogen Quy, the college nurse, uncovers the murderers.

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  • Paperback: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Coronet; New Ed edition (17 Feb 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340592435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340592434
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.4 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,224,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A jewel in the traditional English detective mode... Ms. Morse has arrived (Observer)

Imogen Quy positively sparkles on the page as an amateur sleuth. (Sunday Express)

In Imogen Quy, the author has created an admirable detective heroine, as unabashed as she is unaffected. (Times Literary Supplement)

Paton Walsh plots deftly and writes intelligently . . . Sayers' many fans will be delighted. (Andrew Taylor, Independent)

Jill Paton Walsh demonstrates that the traditional ingredients of the woman sleuth, the academic background and a clever puzzle are still capable of being arranged into an entertaining and stimulating crime novel. (Manchester Evening News) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Booker shortlisted author Jill Paton Walsh introduces us to popular detective Imogen Quy

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4.0 out of 5 stars CAMBRIDGE WHODUNIT 17 Nov 2011
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Meet Imogen Quy, College Nurse at St. Agatha's, who finds herself drawn into investigations into the strange death of a student in a locked library. Classic Agatha Christie you might think, although there's more of a nod here to Dorothy Sayers and - with its university background - just a touch of Morse,(a Cambridge backdrop substituting for Oxford's dreaming spires). This is a reasonably diverting mystery, with neatly drawn though not particularly memorable characters and - of course - a picturesque setting. I'm not sure that the ending will take readers totally by surprise; without giving anything away, it is in part quite well signalled early in the book, although I won't pretend I'd worked out all the angles. There is the occasional jarring moment; for example Ms. Quy pays an impulse visit to a completely strange hairdressing salon and just happens to be dealt with by a stylist who is the victim's girlfriend. Mr Dickens might get away with far-fetched co-incidence, lesser writers do not! And being really picky, I would have thought a qualified nurse would not refer to the "St. John's Ambulance Brigade" but would use the correct title "St.John Ambulance Brigade". However, these are minor carps, and if you are looking for a reasonably literate but not over-demanding entertainment to wile away a winter's evening this may well fit the bill.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dying for the sake of literature 22 Sep 2001
A traditional Cambridge college, the usual mix of class-conscious-rich and humble-working-class students, a college nurse. And an old and very outdated library of "scientific" books. Why shouldn't the body be found in the (locked) library? Well, thereby hangs a tale and a half, requiring sympathy and study to unravel. Historical detail is combined with a lively (and not always sympathetic!) description of gilded student youth, until Imogen Quy realises the story within a story and confronts killer and conspirators.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good yarn and a cut above most 5 Mar 2012
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a jolly good story, well written which does not patronise its reader - unlike a book I recently read where a character explains the meaning of the word esoteric, clearly the author thought her readership too dim to either know what it meant or too dumb to look it up! Not sure when it is supposed to be set as a student borrows her typewriter- most students wouldn't know what one looked like- but they have computers (?) that aside the story is good with nicely thrown red herrings. OK one or two wild coincidences but it is fiction! Enjoyable, readable will buy the next in series as soon as I finished writing this! -- kindle edition, no problems with Kindle layout.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Five Star Quartet 20 April 2013
1993 The Wyndham Case
1995 A Piece of Justice
2006 Debts of Dishonour
2007 The Bad Quarto

Jill Paton Walsh delivers beautifully crafted plots that are populated with wonderful English characters. Jill Patton Walsh is the only author in this genre that challenges the mind while touching the heart - a truly remarkable achievement.

The greatest mystery is: why aren't all these novels best sellers.

Perhaps it is because the literary establishment is content with the paper thin characters, weak dialogue and flat personalities of Wexford [Ruth Rendell] and Dalgliesh [P D James].

Perhaps it is because the publishers choose quotations [for the book covers] that damn with faint praise.

Perhaps it is because the main protagonist is female.

I really don't know - but I do know that reading these books was a real treat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read 17 Jun 2014
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Enjoyable and kept my interest but the plot was slightly predictable. Read it in one session. Recommended as a novel to read when recovering from 'flu or as respite from marking exam papers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars my first imogen quy 18 Mar 2014
By Anne
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i read because i enjoy her lord peter wimsey add ons. She writes a good mystery yarn herself though. This was good i shall enjoy reading more
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4.0 out of 5 stars A gentle mystery, nicely executed 7 April 2013
By Katie C
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I'd read some of the other Imogen Quy books but never been able to find this one, so was delighted by the Kindle version.
It was good to finally read this and see where some of the references in the later books came from. It's gently intriguing and a restful read, rather than a gripping page-turner.
i guessed the hinge of the plot fairly early on (being a history graduate probably helped) and why the first victim was where he was, along with most of the method, but this didn't stop me enjoying this. i liked the writing style, which I felt matched the book well - something I think Jill Paton Walsh is good at. Her Peter Wimsey continuations show this too, where her style is sympathetic to Dorothy L Sayers but not just an imitation. Not sure I agree with those who call Imogen Quy the "female Morse", unless it's because of the university setting - this is more straight-forward fare.
Give it a go.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The first and my favourite 21 Mar 2013
By folkfan
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This is the first of the Imogen Quy books and so people weren't quite so stereotyped as they later become. Easy reading.
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I first encountered JPW through her continuation of Dorothy L Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey series. The Imogen Quy mysteries are in a similar vein and thoroughly enjoyable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Pleasant Read
Reassuringly, the first body turns up in the first chapter. Far too many writers of detective fiction now seem to think we have to read hundreds of pages before the crime is... Read more
Published 10 months ago by C. E. Utley
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wyndham Case
I have liked Jill Paton Walsh's writing style for a long time & this story has a nice twist at the end
Published 18 months ago by Helen S Seton
Well written and well-plotted story, with an interesting and believable central character. Having read the author's work with Peter Wimsey, however, I was very disappointed to... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mystery Writer Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good.
Well written. Excellent plot. Jill Paton Walsh is a first rate writer.
Now I can enjoy the rest of her Quy stories.
Published 23 months ago by Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
First time I've read this author, and I can't wait to read more and more. Brought back all my old enthusiasms for Dorothy L Sayers. Intriguing and new.
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