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4.0 out of 5 stars Par for the course
This is not, perhaps, among the very best Appleby books, but it still delivers on the same lines as most of them do. It has a convoluted plot, typically bizarre situations that only Innes could get off with, and colourful characters manifesting various degrees of weirdness or downright madness. The development of the plot is faster than usual (in fact, the events of the...
Published on 23 Sep 2001 by Pretty Polly

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3.0 out of 5 stars Voonderble vorldt of art
Art snobbery par excellence, one of Innes's specialties ("A determined effort to disintegrate reality in the interest of the syncretic principle"); also rival gangs of sleazy crooks. Art theft and forgery. Nicely satirical -- cf. Freeman's Stoneware Monkey. Our old friend, the Duke of Horton (from Hamlet, Revenge) is back. Judith Appleby does some sleuthing on...
Published on 16 Dec 2001 by Wyatt James


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4.0 out of 5 stars Par for the course, 23 Sep 2001
This review is from: A Private View (Inspector Appleby Mystery) (Paperback)
This is not, perhaps, among the very best Appleby books, but it still delivers on the same lines as most of them do. It has a convoluted plot, typically bizarre situations that only Innes could get off with, and colourful characters manifesting various degrees of weirdness or downright madness. The development of the plot is faster than usual (in fact, the events of the book cover less than twenty four hours) and there is perhaps more action than detection here. The biggest problem is the one that many Appleby stories share: Appleby's cases are usually so bizarre and complicated, that when the final exposition comes and simplifies matters, it's often something of a letdown; or, to put it differently, Innes's mysteries are usually more ingenious than their solutions. Still, by the time the solution arrives, the reader has had his fun, and anyway it's a shame to complain, because nobody has ever been able to come even remotely close to Innes in this particular brand of mystery fiction.
Incidentally, this one features Inspector Cadover who was in a few other Innes books, and a welcome appearance of the Duke of Horton from HAMLET, REVENGE!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Voonderble vorldt of art, 16 Dec 2001
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Art snobbery par excellence, one of Innes's specialties ("A determined effort to disintegrate reality in the interest of the syncretic principle"); also rival gangs of sleazy crooks. Art theft and forgery. Nicely satirical -- cf. Freeman's Stoneware Monkey. Our old friend, the Duke of Horton (from Hamlet, Revenge) is back. Judith Appleby does some sleuthing on her own. This is a very funny story, including the bizarre accent of the art dealer Braunkopf, who henceforth appears in other Inneses as too good to be a one-off character. [PS: Appleby is now Assistant Commissioner.]
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5.0 out of 5 stars inspector Appleby delivers the goods, 12 Jan 2014
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Classic early 20th century detection. On a par with Allingham and Sayers. Delighted to have found another author with a great central character.
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