A Murder of Quality Paperback – 21 Sep 2006
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'Beautifully intelligent, satiric and witty' (Daily Telegraph )
'Vastly entertaining' (Sunday Telegraph)
'For my money, le Carré is the equal of any novelist now writing in English' (Guardian)
'Beautifully intelligent, satiric and witty.' (The Daily Telegraph)
'Vastly entertaining.' (The Sunday Telegraph)
'For my money, le Carré is the equal of any novelist now writing in English.' (The Guardian) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The books reads perfectly as a Murder Whodunnit, much like Agatha Christie, but with familair Le Carre characters. Between the lines, Le Carre takes a dig at some of teh snobbish and extraordinary characters of a public school.
I've read it at one go, didn't bore me at all. Recommended
We learn a little more about George Smiley [we never learn much, but every book sheds a little more light]and we see him in an unfamiliar setting.
The plot is well structured and, as ever, lucidly written. The whodunit element is present, but it isn't too hard to outguess George and get to the murderer quite swiftly.
I read this in one sitting-it is not a long book, but it is every bit as satisfying as the author's more sustained efforts.
Stella Rode, wife of a master at Carne School, an ancient place of education with its cloisters and its mention in the Doomsday Book, is not quite the right sort; she is from the North, is Chapel instead of Church of England, uses lace doilies and has china ducks on her wall. Even the boys at the school secretly ridicule her realizing she is not `quite the ticket'. Mr. Rode, ex-grammar school boy, who has carefully watched his `betters', tries hard to emulate them, but Stella Rode refuses to be other than what she is, and is often an embarrassment to her socially aspirant husband. Stella is generally considered to be a very down-to-earth person - however, when she confides to her Minister at the chapel that she thinks her husband is planning to murder her, he thinks she is delusionary. But then, one bitterly cold, snowy night Stella Rode is bludgeoned to death in her own home.Read more ›
In this book, Smiley is contacted by Miss Ailsa Brimley, who he knew from the war. She works at a small magazine, the Christian Voice, which has a loyal and long standing readership. One of the readers, who has subscribed since the beginning, is Stella Rode - now a wife of one of the masters at Carne. When she contacts the letters page to say she fears her husband is trying to kill her, Miss Brimley takes it seriously and turns to Smiley. However, when he investigates, he finds that Mrs Rode was killed the previous evening, in a vicious attack at her home.
This is an unusual novel in the Smiley series, but well worth reading if you enjoy crime and mystery books and also offers insights into the character of George Smiley - as the area where the story is set is the one in which his wife, Ann, grew up. It also has an interesting setting and Miss Brimley is an excellent character, as are the snobbish and tradition bound masters at the school. If you wish to read on, the next book is the classic The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Penguin Modern Classics).
Murder has happened at a private school. A boy has been killed.
Based on this premise, Smiley has to become acquainted with the small inner life of this school, its apparent grandeur and fashionable respectability, and its mean everyday life which hides behind the surface. Investigation is a way to expose the inanity of British society in the 50s before the great crisis of the 60s.
Very well written as all Le Carre works, this is your novel if you like Agatha Christie, if you prefer murder in the parish yard instead of the gutter crime of the black series.
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Another critic here derides AMOQ for being "absolute piffle" and they are absolutely right. JLC, on this evidence, was not sure which direction Smiley should take after... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Mike Collins
Completely ruined my holiday as I always choose a Le Carre book to read on our balcony in the sun. Can I have my money back please? Are you sure he wrote it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mrs. E. I. Howard
A fascinating insight into Smiley's character and its origins in chapel and public school life. It refers in retrospect to how Smiley embraced being nondescript as a defence and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert G
A worthwhile read. Each character comes alive on the page due to le Carré's warts and all descriptions of them. The plot is a little shaky in places. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Typical Le Carre, slow moving pace but with detail in the text that helps to form the conclusion. Very much written in the style of the period it is based in and lots of dodgy... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Richard Brent