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Untimely Death Paperback – 4 Sep 2008

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571244882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571244881
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 423,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Untimely Death by Cyril Hare is a classic mystery from one of the best-loved and most influential English crime writers.

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Cyril Hare was the pseudonym for the distinguished lawyer Alfred Alexander Gordon Clark. He was born in Surrey, in 1900, and was educated at Rugby and Oxford. A member of the Inner Temple, he was called to the Bar in 1924 and joined the chambers of Roland Oliver, who handled many of the great crime cases of the 1920s. He practised as a barrister until the Second World War, after which he served in various legal and judicial capacities including a time as a county court judge in Surrey. Hare's crime novels, many of which draw on his legal experience, have been praised by Elizabeth Bowen and P.D. James among others. He died in 1958 - at the peak of his career as a judge, and at the height of his powers as a master of the whodunit.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. A. Spencer on 24 Jan. 2012
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Originally titled `He Should Have Died Hereafter' when first released `Untimely death' is an example of the crime novel genre of the 1950s. The main character is Francis Pettigrew, a retired barrister, who with his wife returns to the Exmoor of his youth for a holiday. Whilst exploring his old stomping ground Pettigrew happens upon a dead body. This reignites traumatic memories from his youth as the same event had happened to him in his childhood. When returning to the scene with the police the body has disappeared; thus begins the mystery of the novel. I have to admit that the pace of the novel was somewhat leisurely with tea and cake used to aid the detective work occasionally. However, it could be argued that this leisurely country pace gives the novel a certain charm. If you are looking for a fast paced crime thriller then this may not be your first choice. I would describe it more as a light read ideal for a little escapism from the usual daily chores. Even though I've given the book 3 stars that does not mean it is not entertaining if possible I would have thought 3.5 stars was more accurate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elle B Reader on 26 Aug. 2013
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I'm pleased to have found this book, it was the first one I read by this author, and I enjoyed it very much. It's a simple enough tale, well written, and quick to read. I could picture the country characters mentioned and although at one part I had to turn back to read it again, it wasn't difficult to follow. I have since read other books by Cyril Hare and none have any great depth, but still I enjoy them. The plot has been covered by other reviewers, all I can add is, if you like a book which takes you back a few years, doesn't swear at you or give you nightmares, and rolls along gently so that you can relax whilst reading, this could be for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anton Wills-Eve on 19 Jan. 2013
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Cyril Hare wrote with all the humour, verve and quiet intensity that is lacking in British crime writing today. His early death at the age of 58 robbed the world of one of the best detective story writers of the mid twentieth century. His lawyer sleuth Francis Pettigrew is on a moorland holiday for this murder mystery and the comings and goings of both alive and dead bodies keep both him and the reader one step ahead of the police from first page to last. But above all Hare's use of the English language shines out in a manner which should not really surprise us as he was a county court judge in his professional life and could precis a case better than a news journalist fighting a deadline.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Davey P on 28 Sept. 2013
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Very interesting to read such an early version of the genre. Inevitably feels very old-fashioned but I liked the fact that it isn't a formulaic work as so many that followed have become. Good story, well told.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cat Watson on 17 Sept. 2013
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As an Exmoor fan I really enjoyed this. Probably not suitable for younger people who are less in touch with country ways.
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