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Appleby's Other Story,
By A Customer
This review is from: Appleby's Other Story (Inspector Appleby Mystery) (Paperback)"An ARABIAN NIGHTS affair this, perhaps. Stories within stories."
'Stories' in this one has a double meaning - a pun concealing an ingenious alibi gimmick, relying on certain aspects of the setting (a typical grand mansion) to mislead the reader, who, despite the array of suspicious characters, will probably spot the murderer, but remain unable to work out HOW until Sir John Appleby, rtd., solves the mystery - and all in one day, too. Despite an over-emphasis on bed-hopping, some strong language, and a sense of time-warp, this is one of the better examples of latter-day Innes, the plot being solid and well worked-out, and the characters, especially Mrs. Catmull, both well-drawn and amusing.