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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (21 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340839503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340839508
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 1.6 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 204,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A jewel in the traditional English detective mode... Ms. Morse has arrived (Observer)

Imogen Quy positively sparkles on the page as an amateur sleuth. (Sunday Express)

In Imogen Quy, the author has created an admirable detective heroine, as unabashed as she is unaffected. (Times Literary Supplement)

Paton Walsh plots deftly and writes intelligently . . . Sayers' many fans will be delighted. (Andrew Taylor, Independent)

Jill Paton Walsh demonstrates that the traditional ingredients of the woman sleuth, the academic background and a clever puzzle are still capable of being arranged into an entertaining and stimulating crime novel. (Manchester Evening News)

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Booker shortlisted author Jill Paton Walsh returns with the second Imogen Quy mystery

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This is a good 'rainy afternoon read' with a well written plot and enough twists and turns to keep you reading. Jill Paton Walsh seems to know Cambridge extremely well and captures that 'academic' essence of the town. It definately made me want to read more of her work.
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1993 The Wyndham Case
1995 A Piece of Justice
2006 Debts of Dishonour
2007 The Bad Quarto

Jill Paton Walsh delivers beautifully crafted plots that are populated with wonderful English characters. Jill Patton Walsh is the only author in this genre that challenges the mind while touching the heart - a truly remarkable achievement.

The greatest mystery is: why aren't all these novels best sellers.

Perhaps it is because the literary establishment is content with the paper thin characters, weak dialogue and flat personalities of Wexford [Ruth Rendell] and Dalgliesh [P D James].

Perhaps it is because the publishers choose quotations [for the book covers] that damn with faint praise.

Perhaps it is because the main protagonist is female.

I really don't know - but I do know that reading these books was a real treat.
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This is a beautifully crafted mystery with such interesting bits of history interwoven through it. Who would have thought that quilting would be so unexpectedly interesting and relevant! Much improved on the first in the series, there is a certain deliberate tempo, an intellectual focus that is almost languorous,and which is probably suited to its ancient university setting.
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This is just the third book I have read in the Imogen Quy series and a pattern is beginning to emerge. As with the others, the stories follow a fairly leisurely pace and jeopardy is kept to a minimum. Also typically, there is an interesting postscript which is unexpected and neatly ties up the plot. The inevitable absence of realism makes for a restful and unthreatening read. Ideal escapism when you need a break from too much tension!
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By Anne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 July 2015
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Imogen is a nurse at a Cambridge college and thus is on the fringes of the academic life and can be confided in by both staff and students. She makes for an excellent heroine being well organised and having medical knowledge as well as the necessary detachment. In this instalment of the series she becomes involved in the affairs of her tenant when people who have been asked to do the same piece of work as her in the past seem to be dying.

You have to suspend a lot of disbelief in this book. Firstly, you have to accept that Imogen will carry on investigating, often at her own inconvenience, just out of some sort of curiosity. You also have to accept that she discovers a big clue through a massive coincidence that means that she recognises a place in a photograph and can find assistance there (the inhabitants of rural Wales may not appreciate being shown as such reclusive and unworldly people either). There is also a major part of the plot about a mathematical problem that the author keeps nicely vague but where the resolution is quite unbelievable.

Putting all this aside and deciding to accept the coincidences in the plot then this is a well told and entertaining novel with an intelligent and attractive heroine. The plot moves along at a fast pace and the author has a good sense of location and describes the landscape of Cambridge and the other locations very well. Everything ties together in a satisfying manner by the end. Not a great of detective fiction but entertaining enough
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When you want something fairly unchallenging, an Imogen Quy is just the job. Don't expect fireworks and you won't be disappointed. They are a bit girly (but then, I am a girl, albeit a rather old one) but they are as worthwhile a way as any of filling the odd moment.
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I like Jill Paton Walsh's writing. She wrote a very intelligent and thought-provoking novel called Knowledge Of Angels which was Booker nominated, back in 1995, so when I heard she had turned her hand to detective writing, I was intrigued.

Imogen Quy is a sort of cross between Miss Marple and Inspector Morse, if that's possible. The erudition of Colin Dexter's Oxford-based tomes are clearly referenced here, with these books based in Cambridge, while Quy (the protagonist) is an amateur and definitely not a policewoman.

The plot of this is fairly pedestrian and not exactly exciting and actually, I found Imogen Quy a little patronising, always calling people "my dear child". She's also constantly internally moaning about being eternally single and a lost love.

There are some nice touches and it's written with a certain flair, using nice language, but if you want good British detective fiction, I'd go for a Morse novel, or one of countless others. Paton Walsh should stick to her original furrow...
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The Imogen Quy stories are plausible, well written and well-enough plotted. If you think, as I do, that the first requirement in an author is a talent to amuse, Jill Paton Walsh rings the bell.
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