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The Wyndham Case (Imogen Quy Mystery Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jill Paton Walsh
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The locked library of St Agatha's College, Cambridge houses an unrivalled, and according to certain scholars, deeply uninteresting collection of seventeenth century volumes. It also contains one dead student. Tragic and accidental, of course, even if malicious gossip hints that Philip Skellow had been engaged in stealing books rather than acquiring knowledge when he'd slipped, banged his head, and bled to death overnight. Only Imogen Quy, the college nurse, has her doubts - until another student is found, drowned in an ornamental fountain...

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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)

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 470 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 034083949X
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; New Ed edition (24 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0062QWTQE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,881 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 Sept. 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Meet Imogen Quy 15 Jan. 2015
Set in Cambridge, Jill Paton Walsh's novel 'The Wyndham Case' introduces the reader to Imogen Quy, a college nurse working at St Agatha's College. Imogen, an intelligent and compassionate woman, who studied medicine at Oxford, but threw up her studies for the sake of a man she loved and a relationship which did not last, is in her early thirties and lives in the large house she inherited from her parents, taking in students and a college professor to supplement her salary from her part-time job at St Agatha's. It is true that her day-to-day life may not be exactly exciting, but she enjoys her job, gets great pleasure from her garden, and has enough money to have the luxury of not having to work full-time However, her mundane life is about to change when one morning she is visited by the Master in great distress after the discovery of the dead body of a student, Philip Skellow, in the Wyndham Case library. This small library which holds a number of valuable seventeenth century volumes is always kept locked when librarian, Crispin Mountnessing, is not in attendance, and there is only one key in college, which is held by Crispin. How did Philip get into the library? What was he doing in there? And how did he end up in a pool of blood on the library floor? Imogen, who knows one of the police officers investigating the crime, soon finds herself involved not just with the death of Philip, but with the murder of another student, the disappearance of a priceless book and the kidnap of one of her lodgers - but can she help to solve the crime? Read 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
ok but a bit windy around the plot
Published 3 days ago by P. A. Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent beginning to a highly enjoyable series
First of the Quy mysteries I read: the college library setting particularly interesting, and the role of the historical date change believable and fascinating. Read more
Published 1 month ago by H. M. Hughes Mrs Helen Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 1 month ago by Trisha
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant with flaws
I like the writing and the Cambridge descriptions, although often a trifle long winded....rather like the unfolding of the mystery. Read more
Published 1 month ago by BarbaraM
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read.
This is the first Imogen Quy book by Jill Paton Walsh that I have read. I certainly enjoyed it - I guess it is what is called a cosy mystery: no excessive violence etc. Read more
Published 3 months ago by kimmie
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
well constr8ucted Mystery, somewhat in the manner of Dorothy L sayers
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A gentle murder mystery
These books are new to me and I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Rather old-fashioned in that murders in Walsh's books are not gruesome or described in blood-curdling detail. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good story
Published 4 months ago by M Speak
4.0 out of 5 stars I had just finished reading the latter and this possibly influenced my...
This was my first Imogen Quy mystery and at first the plot seemed very similar to another novel by Paton Walsh, 'The Late Scholar', in which she pursues the D L Sayers' story of... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Westmount
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I had read this some time ago but appreciated it more this time,
Published 7 months ago by Jane Reid
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