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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Innes
A good one: murder faked as suicide, bigamy, Shakespearean manuscript forgery, and a cast of eccentric literary scholars and collectors. Much more accessible in style than many of Innes's books. Victim, himself, is a finely drawn character; one is sorry to see him depart so early in the book. The murderer's motive and behavior, however, is not very plausible.
Published on 16 Dec 2001 by Wyatt James

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3.0 out of 5 stars The author's heart wasn't in this one
'Oh, most lame and impotent conclusion!' says the epigraph (from OTHELLO) to the last part of this disappointing story. One wonders if Innes may have meant that at face value: he should have known the thing didn't quite come off. For starters, it's a curiously vague book, as if the author's thoughts were really elsewhere while he was writing it. The usual country-house...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Innes, 16 Dec 2001
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Wyatt James "Grobius" (Brooklyn NY) - See all my reviews
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A good one: murder faked as suicide, bigamy, Shakespearean manuscript forgery, and a cast of eccentric literary scholars and collectors. Much more accessible in style than many of Innes's books. Victim, himself, is a finely drawn character; one is sorry to see him depart so early in the book. The murderer's motive and behavior, however, is not very plausible.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The author's heart wasn't in this one, 26 Sep 2001
This review is from: The Long Farewell (Inspector Appleby) (Paperback)
'Oh, most lame and impotent conclusion!' says the epigraph (from OTHELLO) to the last part of this disappointing story. One wonders if Innes may have meant that at face value: he should have known the thing didn't quite come off. For starters, it's a curiously vague book, as if the author's thoughts were really elsewhere while he was writing it. The usual country-house setting is quite devoid of atmosphere, and the cast of characters is never properly introduced, to the extent that one is not sure how many suspects there actually are, or who they are exactly. While Innes was never particularly strong at - or interested in - visual description, he usually managed to create colourful characters through their speech and various quirks of character. Here, they are an underbaked lot, and even their eccentricities are somehow half-hearted. Not surprisingly, the villain of the piece turns out to be the one character with whom some care has been taken by the author, and that rather clumsily. In another case, a vital character trait leading somebody to commit murder is "deduced" by Appleby on the strength of a single phrase pronounced by the character. The solution to the mystery thus turns improbable and is produced more or less out of the hat, like a conjuror's rabbit. Oh yes, and when a subordinate makes fun of Appleby at the start for poking about in a clear-cut case of suicide, one wants them at least to meet once again before the last page, for Appleby to be vindicated! It's rather annoying when the author does not care enough about his characters. One expects - and usually gets - much more from Innes. Still, I am giving it 3 stars because any Innes book is worth reading at least once; but this one is perhaps for fans only. If you want an introduction to the author, go for HAMLET, REVENGE!, STOP PRESS, LAMENT FOR A MAKER, APPLEBY'S END or THE OPEN HOUSE instead (all recently reprinted, and not a moment too soon).
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I am completely at a loss here as I've never received this book. I have told you of this but have received no satisfaction. I find it very frustrating that I can't contact anyone by 'phone to discuss this, and indeed I'm not even sure what E-mail address I should correspond with to continue my complaints. T he whole thing has been a shambles
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