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The Old Corps. (How we Fought in the Early Days)
The Old Corps. (How we Fought in the Early Days)
by Edward H. Joy
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars THE INTRODUCTION [From Within The Book], 13 May 2009
FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, I HAVE SUPPLIED A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE BOOK, AND THIS IS THE "INTRODUCTION", FROM PAGE 4. :

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INTRODUCTION :

It is more than probable that the story of the Old Corps will not be as interesting for you as it is for me. Some, whose memories are not as long as mine, will not be able to appreciate the thrill I experience in recalling the far-off days when our Army was in the making - a thrill emphasized by the fact that I should be a veteran enough to be associated with those early days. The younger among us will, I am sure, be none the worse for reading about the trials and triumphs of their forebears in the fight; they may, by the blessing of god, gain a keener appreciation of the traditions in which they have been bred and of the way The Army has come.

None of us has the choice of parentage or birthplace; but when one hails from an Army centre with a splendid record of fighting from the early days until now, and when the passing of the years and of those who so largely made the record has given it the halo of sanctity, then let the tale be told.

Other comrades could tell similar stories of the Corps of their early days, perhaps tales of greater historic interest; Well, let them also have a mind to work. As for me, let me proceed with the setting down of the exploits of those with whom I used to 'march and play,' and in whose company I first caught the Army spirit - the comrades of the 'old 335th Corps,' Folkstone.
Edward H. Joy
Carshalton,
June, 1944

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FROM THE BACK COVER :

Gives a number of vivid, sometimes amusing and often very moving pictures of 'how we fought in the early days.' The author, one of the Salvation Army's foremost raconteurs, has drawn on his memories of battles (not always bloodless) and victories in an English South Coast town fifty years and more ago. Such chapters as 'Both Seeking the Same Lord,' 'The Power of the Name,' 'He Laughed his Way into the Gloryland' and 'Treasurer Luke' - once read - will not easily be forgotten.
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A Dying Light in Corduba
A Dying Light in Corduba
by Lindsey Davis
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE PUBLISHERS REVIEW [From The Dust Jacket Flaps]., 13 May 2009
THE 8th NOVEL OF THE WORLD'S FIRST SLEUTH, MARCUS DIDIUS FALCO. ... FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, I HAVE A SUPPLIED A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE BOOK, AND THIS IS WHAT THE DUST JACKET [the 'blurb'] STATES :

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Nobody was poisoned at the dinner for the Society of Olive Producers of Baetica, though in retrospect this was quite a surprise ...

Inimitable sleuth Marcus Didius Falco is back with a vengeance. On one night, a man is killed and Rome's Chief of Spies left for dead. Naturally there is no one except Falco to conduct the investigation. Soon he is plunged into the fiercely competitive world of olive oil-production. Political intrigue, an exotic Spanish dancer and impending fatherhood, all add to Falco's troubles.

Suddenly, on the eve of their child's birth, Falco and his girlfriend Helena Justina decide that nothing could be better than a dangerous jaunt to Iberia.

Lindsey Davis recreates Ancient Rome with matchless colour and humour. This is the eighth of her immensely popular and critically acclaimed series of novels featuring the world's first investigator, M. Didius Falco.

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FROM THE BACK COVER :

"Sam Spade and Phillip Marlowe in Ancient Rome - some of the best British crime novels coming out at the moment - ('Kaleidoscope')."

"A wonderful series of detective novels. - ('The Good Book Guide')."

"Non-stop action, excitement and astonishments - a real cracker - ('The Good Book Guide')".

"A racy, untaxing and enjoyable read. - ('The Times Literary Supplement')."

"Davis' writing zings with fun. - ('The Daily Mail')."
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Over Here
Over Here
by Mr. Alan Hunter
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars THE PUBLISHERS REVIEW [From The Dust Jacket Flaps], 9 May 2009
This review is from: Over Here (Hardcover)
THE 44th CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT GEORGE GENTLY, C.I.D., MURDER MYSTERY NOVEL. [now a television series starring Martin Shaw]. ... FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, I HAVE SUPPLIED A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE BOOK. AND THIS IS WHAT THE DUST JACKET FLAP [the 'blurb'] STATES :

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It is April 1997, and a party of Americans have come on a nostalgia trip to revisit the old airfield in Toddington where they were stationed as fighter-pilots during the Second World War. But as they explore their old haunts they find a skeleton in one of the abandoned Nissen Huts.

The next day Chief Superintendent George Gently recieves an anonymous note through the post.

ASK THE YANKS ABOUT MILLY READ. WENT MISSING 1944 AFTER A DANCE AT THE CAMP. ONE WHO KNOWS.

A joke? Then forensic evidence confirms that the skeleton is of a young woman, aged about twenty, who has been dead for around fifty years.

As Gently discusses the night Milly vanished with the ex-airmen, he discovers that more than one of them was in love with her. Have they unearthed a classic case of jealousy reaching a point where it led to violent crime? Is one of the American heroes a killer? Painstakingly Gently goes over the events of that long ago party, probing motive and opportunity, until finally a murderer can be brought to justice.

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IF YOU ARE NEW TO THE CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT GEORGE GENTLY, C.I.D., MURDER MYSTERY NOVELS, HERE ARE REVIEWS FROM THREE OF ALAN HUNTERS NOVELS, WHICH WILL GIVE YOU AN 'OVERVIEW' OF HIS UNIQUE STYLE. ......................

REVIEWS FOR THE AUTHORS 'DEBUT' NOVEL 'GENTLY DOES IT' AND THE SECOND NOVEL 'GENTLY BY THE SHORE' : .... In 1955, when his first story 'Gently Does It' was published, he was welcomed in 'Time and Tide' in these terms: ... "Fond as we are of the old familiar faces, it is a particular (and rare) pleasure to be able to welcome a talented newcomer into the blood-soaked circle of true detective novelists. In Chief Inspector Gently of the Yard Alan Hunter presents a new and most acceptable detective, owing a good deal perhaps to Inspector Maigret, but nevertheless standing solidly in his own very English boots. I look forward to watching this splendidly sympathetic sleuth consume thousands more of his favourite peppermint creams. - ('Time and Tide', 1956.)

The following year 'Gently by the Shore' confirmed his success and F.E.Pardoe wrote in the 'Birmingham Post': "When Alan Hunter introduced Chief Inspector Gently just over twelve months ago, it looked as though an important new figure had joined the ranks of fictional detectives; 'Gently by the Shore' more than fulfils the promise of the earlier book." Midway through his career, Julian Symons in the 'Sunday Times' described his tenth story as 'a wholly modern blend of thriller and puzzle that defies categorisation. Don't on any account miss it."

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N.B. AFTER THE AUTHORS 12th NOVEL 'Gently Sahib', [Cassell & Co Ltd, 1964], THE CRITIC, PETER PHILLIPS, OF THE 'SUN', SUGGESTED THAT THE INSPECTOR GENTLY NOVELS WERE WORTHY OF A TELEVISION SERIES :

[Review of 'Gently Sahib - 1964] .... "After eleven books, it is about time that this bloke Gently - now promoted to Chief Supt. Gently C.I.D. - got done. On T.V. Or films. After all, he is a solid (fourteen stone I reckon) as Maigret. Or Cluff. And he comes out very well in this tale of an escaped tiger that eats a blackmailer in an edgy Home Counties market town. A clever murder, says Gently, proves it, shoots a panther, then goes fishing. But he will be back. Many times, I hope. - (Peter Phillips, 'The Sun', 1964).".

"Pipe smoking Gently interviews a colourful array of likely suspects, uncovers the flaws in several 'unquestionable' alibis, steers the case through a violent and exciting climax and, in his wisdom, brings matters to a just and tidy finish. A very readable novel with several pleasing touches of humour. - (Edgar Wallace Mystery Magazine - 1964)."
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Traitor's End
Traitor's End
by Mr. Alan Hunter
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars THE PUBLISHERS REVIEW [From The Dust Jacket Flaps], 9 May 2009
This review is from: Traitor's End (Hardcover)
THE 36th, (pipe smoking / peppermint cream eating), CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT GEORGE GENTLY, C.I.D., MURDER MYSTERY. [now a television series starring Martin Shaw]. ... FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, I HAVE SUPPLIED A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE BOOK, AND THIS IS WHAT THE DUST JACKET [the 'blurb'] STATES :

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"I am his death. He must kill me. Even now he is thinking it is too late." But is he to be believed, the eccentric, ageing French expatriate who bursts into Chief Superintendent Gently's flat one October afternoon? He implores protection. He has seen a man whom he recognizes as a resistance traitor, and whom he alone can identify - and who has also recognized him! "Monsieur, I am in danger. In deadly danger!" But ... after forty or more years? Gently soothes him down, dismisses him, and promptly forgets him in the great wind storm that follows.

But, when the storm casualties are counted the next day, one is the tourist named by the Frenchman. Pierre Bernay had been camping in Sussex, where his caravette had been crushed under a giant beech tree.

Only ... was he alive when the van was crushed? The injuries are suspicious, and Gently discovers that, in Bernay's home town, he is regarded not as a traitor but as a Resistance hero. Meanwhile Bernay's widow arrives, calling for vengeance, to be followed by agents yet more sinister. The hunt is up! And Jean Caudry, the informant, flees his shop in the quiet Sussex town.

Bernay or Caudry - which was the traitor? And what can be the end of this grim affair? It sits on the conscience of Gently's French wife, who feels wretchedly involved in the business, and who, at last, may have to decide what shall be the fate of a traitor to France. After forty odd years do you excecute him, or merely spit in his face?

Alan Hunters thirty-sixth Inspector Gently murder mystery has all the deftly professional qualities which his many thousands of devotees have come to expect and receive.

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HOW THE PRESS GREETED THE FIRST 'GENTLY' CRIME NOVEL FORTY YEARS AGO -
"GENTLY DOES IT" :

In 1955, when his first story 'Gently Does It' was published, he was welcomed in 'Time and Tide' in these terms: ... "Fond as we all are of the old familiar faces, it is a particular (and rare) pleasure to be able to welcome a talented newcomer into the blood-soaked circle of true detective novelists. In Chief Inspector Gently of the Yard, Alan Hunter presents a new and most acceptable detective, owing a good deal perhaps to Inspector Maigret, but nevertheless standing solidly in his own very English boots ... The county-town background is lovingly authentic, and the author's bold determination to share all clues and information equally with the reader and the Chief Inspector pays handsome dividends. We accompany Gently fascinated from hunch to clue to certainty and finally, in a very tight corner, to proof. I look forward to watching this splendidly sympathetic sleuth consume thousands more of his favourite peppermint creams. - (Time and Tide)."

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The following year 'Gently by the Shore' confirmed his sucess and F.E.Pardoe wrote in the 'Birmingham Post': "When Alan Hunter introduced Chief Inspector Gently just over twelve months ago, it looked as though an important new figure had joined the ranks of fictional detectives; 'Gently by the Shore' more than fulfils the promise of the earlier book." Midway through his career, Julian symons in the 'Sunday Times' described his tenth story as "a wholly modern blend of thriller and puzzle that defies categorisation. Don't on any account miss it."

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GENTLY SAHIB [Cassell & Co, (1964)] - REVIEW : ... "After eleven books, it is about time that this bloke Gently - now promoted to Chief Supt. Gently C.I.D - got done. On T.V. Or films. After all, he is a solid (fourteen stone I reckon) as Maigret. Or Cluff. And he comes out very well in this tale of an escaped tiger that eats a blackmailer in an edgy Home Counties market town. A clever murder, says Gently, proves it, shoots a panther, then goes fishing. But he will be back. Many times, I hope. - (Peter Phillips, 'The Sun' - 1964)".

"Pipe smoking Gently interviews a colourful array of likely suspects, uncovers the flaws in several 'unquestionable' alibis, steers the case through a violent and exciting climax and, in his wisdom, brings matters to a just and tidy finish. A very readable novel with several pleasing touches of humour. - (Edgar Wallace Mystery Magazine - 1964)."
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Gently with the Millions
Gently with the Millions
by Mr. Alan Hunter
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE PUBLISHERS REVIEW [From The Dust Jacket Flaps], 9 May 2009
THE 37th CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT GEORGE GENTLY, C.I.D., MURDER MYSTERY NOVEL. [now a television series starring Martin Shaw]. ... FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, I HAVE SUPPLIED A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE BOOK, AND THIS IS WHAT THE DUST JACKET FLAPS [the 'blurb'] STATES :

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A man who is reputed to have scribbled six-figure cheques without breaking sweat, Charles Reason was once Managing Director of a respected City firm. Now, at Big Bang, the business has been merged with a Swiss Bank, and Reason, suspected of insider-dealing, is a disgraced man, lucky to have avoided prosecution.

A widower, he lives alone in a flat, his battered Mini hemmed in by Porsches and BMWs, a sad sign of his reduced circumstances. However, the neighbours' gossip soon excites the sympathy of Chief Superintendent George Gently's wife, Gabrielle, and a drama of classic proportions begins to unfold.

Yet Gently smells a rat at Reason's affection of riches turned to rags. And when a locked room in the ex-tycoon's flat is discovered to contain a battery of computer screens and six telephones, his suspicions are confirmed.

As the news gets out, the 'vultures' descend: Reason's daughters, Olivia and Susan (traduced by their father respectively as 'She-wolf' and 'Jezebel') and the beloved Ginny, whose sudden death sets off a murder enquiry which only the experienced Gently, pursuing his thirty-seventh investigation, can hope to bring to a satisfactory conclusion.

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A SELECTION OF REVIEWS OF PREVIOUS 'GENTLY' CRIME NOVELS BY ALAN HUNTER :

THE UNHUNG MAN - "A consumately professional piece of work, smoothly dovetailed and with a highly polished finish. - (T.J. Binyon, 'TLS')."

GENTLY BETWEEN TIDES - "For some unfathomable reason, Hunter and Gently are the most unacknowledged masters of the craft ... - (Anthony Price, 'Oxford Mail')."

THE CHELSEA GHOST - "Another smooth, fluently professional piece of work from Alan Hunter, with an interesting gimmick at the centre of the plot. - (T.J. Binyon, 'TLS')."

GOODNIGHT, SWEET PRINCE - "A good, smooth performance by the reliable Superintendent Gently. - (William Weaver, 'Financial Times')."

STRANGLING MAN - "(Alan Hunter) is a master of his craft ... It really is a mystery that is difficult to put down and there is a bizarre twist in the tail. - (Dereck James, 'Eastern Evening News')."

TRAITOR'S END - "His many loyal fans will thoroughly appreciate the impeccable craftsmanship of the latest Gently. - (James Melville, 'Hampstead & Highgate Express')."

GENTLY TO KILL - " ...he builds a readable plot and the scene where three suspects confess in turn to a crime committed by one person is something of a 'tour de force.' -(Douglas Hurd, 'Evening Standard, London')."

"The most nasty characters are well drawn ... a tortuous plot [ends] in a satisfactorily startling pay-off. - (Gerald Kaufman, 'Scotsman')."
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Goodnight, Sweet Prince
Goodnight, Sweet Prince
by Mr. Alan Hunter
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars THE PUBLISHERS REVIEW [From The Dust Jacket Flaps], 8 May 2009
THE 34th CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT GEORGE GENTLY, C.I.D., MURDER MYSTERY NOVEL. [now a television series starring Martin Shaw]. ... FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, I HAVE SUPPLIED A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE BOOK, AND HERE IS WHAT THE DUST JACKET FLAPS [the 'blurb'] STATES :

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An explosive event which rocks the social foundations of the Suffolk countryside brings Chief Superintendent George Gently, in the settled, chill gloom of the late November, to a small, Victorian watering-place, shivering beside a misted sea.

Kyril Constana, a Romanian prince, art-dealer and notorious womanizer, has been blasted with a shot-gun one night after dinner outside the White Hart. 'A rum chap with a rum life-style ... now it has caught up with him', is the consensus of opinion.

Lady Lucinda, a painter and Constanta's long-suffering wife, has been discussing divorce with her devoted father, Lord Kelling, Earl of Tichwell: the dead man's brother, who runs a riding-school in Surrey, appears to have been the first on the scene - and was holding the gun, or so it is alleged by Kyril's male secretary, Erik Kolozszar. To complicate the already rich mix of suspects, there is lady Lucinda's lover, Geoffrey Forster, a handsome art book publisher, and finally, an enigmatic survivor of the Nazi camps, a neo-Imperialist landscape painter called Detling.

'Dead brother, live brother, gun, servant, the dark night and the muffled surf': it sounds simple, but sifting the conflicting stories of this highly volatile and disparate group stretches even Gently's powers of deduction, until a tragic and untoward intervention from the prince's amorous past gives the Inspector his culprit.

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REVIEWS FROM PREVIIOUS "GENTLY" NOVELS :

["Gently French"] .... GENTLY FRENCH is the twentieth crime story by Alan Hunter to be published by Cassell. For eighteen years he has been creating mysteries for Gently to solve. Originally hailed as an English Maigret, Gently soon took his own highly individual place among the most popular of policemen in English detective fiction. He has been widely praised by most of our home critics but his skill has also been acknowledged abroad. Discussing Alan Hunter's work in the 'New York Times Book Review.' Anthony Boucher described Gently as "probably the best interrogator in the business today."

["Gently Does It"] ..... In 1955, when his first story 'Gently Does It' was published, he was welcomed in 'Time and Tide' in these terms: "Fond as we are of the old familiar faces, it is a particular (and rare) pleasure to be able to welcome a talented newcomer into the blood-soaked circle of true detective novelists. In Chief Inspector Gently of the Yard Alan Hunter presents a new and most acceptable detective, owing a good deal perhaps to Inspector Maigret, but nevertheless standing solidly in his own very English boots."

["Gently By The Shore"] ..... The following year 'Gently By The Shore' confirmed his success and F.E.Pardoe wrote in the 'Birmingham Post': "When Alan Hunter introduced Chief Inspector Gently just over twelve months ago, it looked as though an important new figure has joined the ranks of fictional detectives; 'Gently By The Shore' more than fulfils the promise of the earlier book." Midway through his career, Julian Symons in the 'Sunday Times' described his tenth story as "a wholly modern blend of thriller and puzzle that defies categorisation. Don't on any account miss it."

Every year since 1955 (and occasionally twice a year) a new Gently has appeared, and in 1971 Mathew Coady wrote in the 'Guardian': "It's a measure of Mr Hunter's skill that after eighteen investigations one always wants more."
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Once a Prostitute (Constable crime)
Once a Prostitute (Constable crime)
by Alan Hunter
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars THE PUBLISHERS REVIEW [From The Dust Jacket Flaps], 8 May 2009
THE 32nd CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT GEORGE GENTLY, C.I.D., MURDER MYSTERY NOVEL. [now a television series starring Martin Shaw]. ... FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, I HAVE SUPPLIED A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE BOOK, AND HERE IS WHAT THE DUST JACKET FLAPS [the 'blurb'] STATES :

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Chief Superintendent George Gently, Smoking his pipe in the mild autumn sunshine and contemplating a week's holiday with his wife Gabrielle at their Suffolk country home, is not best pleased at being interrupted by a young reporter blurting out a tale of wrongful arrest by the Norchester police. Nor by the young man's admission of lies told to them, and of foolish - though not, he swears, criminal - behaviour on his part.

A man, it seems, has been murdered ... a pimp who had been strong-arming prostitutes, among them a young and vulnerable girl whom the reporter, Tebbitt, had tried to coax away from such a life. Tebbitt is known to have been out for the pimp's blood, and to have acted violently in the past ... and now he has been found in the most incriminating fashion possible with the man's strangled corpse. And the police officer in charge of the case is the hatchet-faced Hanson, not over-scrupulous, and always hostile to Gently.

In this latest addition to the ever-popular series of Gently crime novels, Alan Hunter explores the subtleties of character and motives as people from widely differing backgrounds are trapped by the same agonizing circumstances; and as Gently, reluctantly, is drawn deeper and deeper into an investigation that others seem determined to make his business.

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REVIEWS FROM OTHER "GENTLY" NOVELS :

["Gently French"]. ... GENTLY FRENCH is the twentieth crime story by Alan Hunter to be published by Cassell. For eighteen years he has been creating mysteries for gently to solve. Originally hailed as an English Maigret, Gently soon took his own highly individual place among the most popular of policemen in English detective fiction. He has been widely praised by most of our home critics but his skill has also been acknowledged abroad. Discussing Alan Hunter's work in the 'New York Times Book Review', Anthony Boucher described Gently as "probably the best interrogator in the business today.".

["Gently Does It"]. ... In 1955, when his first story 'Gently Does It' was published, he was welcomed in 'Time and Tide' in these terms: .... "Fond as we all are of the old familiar faces, it is a particular (and rare) pleasure to be able to welcome a talented newcomer into the blood-soaked circle of true detective novelists. In Chief Inspector Gently of the Yard, Alan Hunter presents a new and most acceptable detective, owing a good deal perhaps to Inspector Maigret, but nevertheless standing solidly in his own very English Boots. The author is careful to point out that ;Gently Does It' is a detective story but not a whodunnit, and broadly speaking this claim is upheld, though the identity of the murderer is by no means immediately apparent. The county-town background is lovingly authentic, and the author's bold determination to share all clues and information equally with the reader and the Chief Inspector pays handsome dividends. We accompany Gently fascinated from hunch to clue to certainty and finally, in a very tight corner, to proof. I look forward to watching this splendidly sympathetic sleuth consume thousands more of his favourite peppermint creams".

["Gently By The Shore"] .... The following year 'Gently By The Shore' confirmed his success and F.E.Pardoe wrote in the 'birmingham Post': ... "When Alan Hunter introduced Chief Inspector Gently just over twelve months ago, it looked as though an important new figure had joined the ranks of fictional detectives; 'Gently By The Shore' more than fulfils the promise of the earlier book." Midway through his career, Julian Symons in the 'Sunday Times' described his tenth story as "a wholly modern blend of thriller and puzzle that defies categorisation. Don't on any account miss it."

Every year since 1955 (and occassionally twice a year) a new Gently has appeared, and in 1971 Mathew Coady wrote in the 'Guardian': "It's a measure of Mr Hunter's skill that after eighteen investigations one always wants more".

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THIS IS THE 32nd "GENTLY" NOVEL. NOW A TELEVISION SERIES STARRING MARTIN SHAW.
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Gently French
Gently French
by Mr. Alan Hunter
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE PUBLISHERS REVIEW [From The Dust Jacket Flaps], 8 May 2009
This review is from: Gently French (Hardcover)
THE 20th CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT GEORGE GENTLY, C.I.D., MURDER MYSTERY NOVEL. [now a television series starring Martin Shaw]. ... FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, I HAVE SUPPLIED A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE BOOK, AND THIS IS WHAT THE DUST JACKET FLAPS [the 'blurb'] STATES :

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Frederick Albert Quarles, alias Flash Freddy, was the boss of a London snatch gang. The Metroplitan Police had been after him for years - he had been one of their real headaches. But, no more. Flash Freddy was dead with multiple stab wounds. His body had been found in his 3.3 litre 1932 Bugatti on heathland outside Norchester, where his boys had just pulled a wage-snatch job.

Somebody had put in a squeak and four out of five of the gang had been picked up - but not the money. True, it was a mere thirty-five thousand - which was chicken feed to Freddy - and that made the whole question of who killed him and why of more than academic interest to Chief Superintendent Gently.

One interesting fact in the police dossier on Flash Freddy was that he had been living with a very charming French woman named Mimi Deslauriers, whom he had met some years back in Paris after her acquittal on a charge of stabbing her husband to death. As Gently drove to the riverside hotel where Mimi still occupied the room she had been sharing with Freddy, he reflected with some pleasure on the localCID description of her: around thirty, blonde, green eyes, say 36-24-36; tallish, moves like a cat, husky voice with an accent, nearly knocks you down when she looks at you. Smells like honey.

It seemed a pleasant a description of a murder suspect as he had heard in a long time . . . And Mimi didn't disappoint him; she didn't even have an alibi. But she had the Bugatti racer - and Gently felt he owed Freddy some gratitude for the chance to get behind the wheel of that superb motorcar, even if Mimi did lead him up the garden path in the meantime.

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THE REVIEWS FROM THE BACK COVER :

'Gently French' is the twentieth crime story by Alan Hunter to be published by Cassell. For eighteen years he has been creating mysteries for Gently to solve. Originally hailed as an English Maigret, Gently soon took his own highly individual place among the most popular of policemen in English detective fiction. He has been widely praised by most of our home critics but his skill has also been acknowledged abroad. Discussing Alan Hunter's work in the 'New York Times Book Review', Anthony Boucher described Gently as "Probably the best interrogator in the business today".

In 1955, when his first story 'Gently Does It' was published, he was welcomed in 'Time and Tide' in these terms: "Eond as we are of the old familiar faces, it is a particular (and rare) pleasure to be able to welcome a talented newcomer into the blood-soaked circle of true detective novelists. In Chief Inspector Gently of the Yard Alan Hunter presents a new and most acceptable detective, owing a good deal perhaps to Inspector Maigret, but nevertheless standing solidly in his own very English boots".

The following year 'Gently by the Shore' confirmed his success and F.E. Pardoe wrote in the 'Birmingham Post'; "When Alan Hunter introduced Chief Inspector Gently just over twelve months ago, it looked as though an important new figure had joined the ranks of fictional detectives; 'Gently by the Shore' more than fulfils the promise of the earlier book." Midway through his carrer, Julian Symons in the 'Sunday Times' described his tenth story as "a wholly modern blend of tghriller and puzzle that defies categorisation. Don't on any account miss it."

Every year since 1955 (and occasionally twice ayear) a new Gently has appeared, and in 1971 Mathew Coady wrote in the 'Guardian': "It's a measure of Mr Hunter's skill that after eighteen investigations one always wants more".

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NOW A TELEVISION SERIES STARRING MARTIN SHAW.
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Gently with Love
Gently with Love
by Mr. Alan Hunter
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE PUBLISHERS REVIEW [From The Dust Jacket Flaps], 8 May 2009
This review is from: Gently with Love (Hardcover)
THE 22nd CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT GEORGE GENTLY, C.I.D., MURDER MYSTERY NOVEL. [now a television series starring Martin Shaw]. ... FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, I HAVE SUPPLIED A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE BOOK, AND HERE IS WHAT THE DUST JACKET FLAPS [the 'blurb'] STATES :

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Just one awkward moment disturbed a pleasant reunion between Gently and the family of a former colleague. A name was dropped that seemed to have unhappy associations for those present. For Vera Mackenzie, the comely widow of Gently's dead friend; for her agreeable son who worked at the B.B.C.; for Anne, his sister, who startled Gently by her haunting resemblance to her father; and for the young Canadian newsreader whom Anne was to marry in a few days' time.

But Gently remembered that moment later when he had a chance encounter with Anne. Anne was distraught, though she tried to hide it and alleged that she was suffering from the after-effects of illness. Gently had his doubts, and they were soon confirmed by a dramatic disappearance, by a mystery that intensified as time went by, and that exploded at last in a ferocious killing.

Now his friends were in desperate trouble. The tragedy had happened in far-away Sutherland; at Kyleness lived the atocratic Scottish branch of the family, and in Scotland Gently had no official standing. Yet he could not leave his friends in such straits, as the indignant Verna was quick to point out, and with many grave misgivings he set out on the seven-hundred mile drive to Kyleness.

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REVIEWS FROM PREVIOUS "GENTLY" NOVELS.

["Gently French"]. .... GENTLY FRENCH is the twentieth crime story by Alan Hunter to be published by Cassell. For eighteen years he has been creating mysteries for Gently to solve. Originally hailed as an English Maigret, Gently soon took his own highly individual place among the most popular of policemen in English detective fiction. He has been widely praised by most of our home critics but his skill has also been acknowledged abroad. Discussing Alan Hunter's work in the 'New York Times Book Review.' Anthony Boucher described Gently as: ... "probably the best interrogator in the business today."

["Gently Does It"] .... In 1955, when his first story 'Gently Does It' was published, he was welcomed in 'Time and Tide' in these terms: ..."Fond as we are of the old familiar faces, it is a particular (and rare) pleasure to be able to welcome a talented newcomer into the blood-soaked circle of true detective novelists. In Chief Inspector Gently of the Yard Alan Hunter presents a new and most acceptable detective, owing a giood deal perhaps to Inspector Maigret, but nevertheless standing solidly in his own very English boots. The author is careful to point out that 'Gently Does It' is a detective story but not a whodunit, and broadly speaking this claim is upheld, though the identity of the murderer is by no means immediately apparent. The county-town background is lovingly authentic, and the author's bold determination to share all clues and information equally with the reader and the Chief Inspector pays handsome dividends. We acompany Gently fascinated from hunch to clue to certainty and finally, in a very tight corner, to proof. I look forward to watching this splendidly sympathetic sleuth consume thousands more of his favourite peppermint creams." ('Time and Tide).

["Gently By The Shore"] ... The following year 'Gently By The Shore' confirmed his success and F.E.Pardoe wrote in the 'Birmingham Post': ..."When Alan Hunter introduced Chief Inspector Gently just over twelve months ago, it looked as though an important new figure had joined the ranks of fictional detectives; 'Gently By The Shore' more than fulfils the promise of the earlier book." Midway through his career, Julian Symons in the 'Sunday Times' described his tenth story as: ..."a wholly modern blend of tghriller and puzzle that defies categorisation. Don't on ant account miss it." ('Birmingham Post').

Every year since 1955 (and occassionally twice a year) a new Gently has appeared, and in 1971 Mathew Coady wrote in the 'Guardian': ..."It's a measure of Mr Hunter's skill that after eighteen investigations one always wants more."
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Gently Coloured (Cassell crime)
Gently Coloured (Cassell crime)
by Mr. Alan Hunter
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars THE PUBLISHERS REVIEW [From The Dust Jacket Flaps], 8 May 2009
THE 15th CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT GEORGE GENTLY, C.I.D., MURDER MYSTERY NOVEL. [now a television series starring Martin Shaw]. .. FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, I HAVE SUPPLIED A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE BOOK, AND THIS IS WHAT THE DUST JACKET FLAPS [the 'blurb'] STATES :

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When the 'S.S. Naxos Island', a floating sieve on charter to one Thomas Blackburn of London and homeward bound from Kingston, Jamaica, went to the bottom of the channel, she took a few tons of sugar with her. But not everything sinks so easily; and some things pay better than sugar. Quite soon the bodies started coming ashore - twenty-two illegal immigrants, at £250 a head. Tax free.

Thomas Blackburn got away with it, briefly. Two weeks later he was dead, with a cheap sheath-knife stuck in his back. He was in bed, and he hadn't been alone. A very ordinary, very sordid little murder: but for the 'Naxos Island' incident. The Chief Inspector on the spot was Tallent, and he was good. But rough. He called a spade a spade, and in the West Indian colony in West London where Blackburn had lived that was a very dirty word. If Tallent raised his voice that would be brutality, racial discrimination, the end of a valuable career. The Yard wanted a super-policeman to clear this mess up: an angel of tact, patience and tolerance, with a mind like a razor. Chief Superintendent Gently.

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REVIEWS FROM OTHER "GENTLY" NOVELS" :

["Gently Does It"] .... "Fond as we all are of the familiar faces, it is a particular (and rare) pleasure to be able to welcome a talented newcomer into the blood-soaked circle of true detective novelists. In Chief Inspector Gently of the Yard, Alan Hunter presents a new and most acceptable detective, owing a good deal perhaps to Inspector Maigret, but nevertheless standing solidy in his own very English boots. I look forward to watching this splendidly sympathetic sleuth consume thousands more of his favourite peppermint creams. - ('Time and Tide')."

["Gently by the Shore"]. ... "When Alan Hunter introduced Chief Inspector Gently just over twelve months ago, it looked as though an important new figure had joined the ranks of fictional detectives; 'Gently by the Shore' more than fulfills the promise of the earlier book. The detective has all the attributes of a great fictional character; a distinct and human personality, an individual style of investigation, a number of pleasant affections which are so well under control; above all, he is entirely credible. - (F.E.Pardoe, 'Birmingham Post')."

["Gently Sahib"] ... "After eleven books, it is about time that this bloke Gently - now promoted to Chief Supt. Gently C.I.D. - got done. On T.V. Or films. After all, he is as solid (fourteen stone I reckon) as Maigret. Or Cluff. And he comes out very welll in this tale of an escaped tiger that eats a blackmailer in an edgy Home Counties market town. A clever murder, says Gently, proves it, shoots a panther, then goes fishing, but he will be back. Many times, I hope. - (Peter Phillips, 'The Sun', 1965)".

"Pipe smoking Gently interviews a colourful array of likely suspects, uncovers the flaws in several 'unquestionable' alibis, steers the case through a violent and exciting climax and, in his wisdom, brings matters to a just and tidy finish. A very readable novel with several pleasing touches of humour. - ('Edgar Wallace Mystery Magazine', 1965)."
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