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HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 30 April 2017
Twelve writers belonging to the Detection Club got together to write a collaborative novel - and The Floating Admiral is the result. A body is found floating in a boat. He is known locally as the Admiral and hasn't lived in the area very long. He lives with his niece with whom he may or may not be in bad terms. Inspector Rudge has his work cut out to find the murderer and at times he despairs of success. Everyone seems to be lying to him and even the physical evidence doesn't seem to add up.

I found this entertaining reading and enjoyed trying to work out what had happened and who was responsible for. Does it work as a who done it? Yes in my opinion and Anthony Berkeley's solution is masterly. Some of the other authors involved also offered possible solutions which some readers may favour.

If you want to try something different in crime fiction then this is worth a try. There is also a modern collaborative novel called The Sinking Admiral written by modern members of the Detection Club which shows that even though crime fiction has a much wider range of sub genres today a collaboration can still work.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 16 July 2017
An interesting concept from the members of the Detection Club, culminating in this novel. I just had to give this a read as some of my favourite authors were involved. As a murder mystery novel, of any strength, I don't think that it works awfully well - not really a well flowing, intriguing read. I really feel that this was, on their part, a piece for their own sheer amusement and pleasure and nothing wrong with that at all. I'm sure that they hugely enjoyed. Read out of sheer curiosity if nothing else.
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on 9 March 2017
can say I was taken with the stories much
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on 18 September 2015
This was a group effort by 10 or so members of the Detection Club. Agatha Christie contributed one short chapter and a rather odd proposed solution, based on the first four chapters. It is very light reading. This book is more of a novelty than a real detective story. A better complication project by the Detection Club is "Ask a Policeman", which has an interesting introduction by Christie.
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on 2 May 2017
This book was a gift which was gratefully recieved and enjoyed very much by the reader.
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on 22 April 2017
A must-read for anyone interested in Golden Age crime novels.The cream of the British Detection Club cooperating in a relay novel.
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on 18 June 2017
Such a great concept but so difficult to read, did not like it, boring
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on 25 November 2017
Excellent
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on 11 May 2017
A good read
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on 29 April 2017
Interesting book
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