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Cyril Hare
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4 Sep 2008
Francis Pettigrew travels to Exmoor for a holiday with his wife - an area in which as a young boy he was traumatised by coming across a dead body on the moor. In an attempt to exorcise this trauma, Pettigrew walks across the moor to the place where the incident occurred - only to find another dead body. Moreover when he returns to the scene with the police, the body is gone. Did he really see a body - or is it a hallucination conjured up by his return to the scene of the crime that has haunted him since childhood? In Untimely Death, Cyril Hare conjures up an intriguing puzzle whose twists and turns will keep the reader turning the pages until the final surprising resolution.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (4 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571244882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571244881
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 391,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Untimely Death: Cyril Hare 24 Jan 2012
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, very distinctive style. 28 Sep 2013
By Davey P
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Old-fashioned but well written whodunnit 17 Sep 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Simple and enjoyable 26 Aug 2013
By Elaine B Reader TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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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