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Available to download for the very first time, the fantastic Inspector Appleby series by celebrated crime writer Michael Innes.
Appleby's End was the name of the station where Detective Inspector John Appleby got off the train from Scotland Yard. But that was not the only coincidence. Everything that happened from then on related back to stories by Ranulph Raven, Victorian novelist - animals were replaced by marble effigies, someone received a tombstone telling him when he would die, and a servant was found buried up to his neck in snow, dead. Why did Ranulph Raven's mysterious descendants make such a point of inviting Appleby to spend the night at their house?
Legendary character Inspector John Appleby of Scotland Yard inspired a lasting vogue for donnish detective fiction. Innes's detective novels are playfully highbrow and rich in allusions to English literature and to Renaissance art.
©1945 Michael Innes (P)2010 Audible Ltd
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By Carol on 09-26-10

Highly Unusual Happenings

Michael Innes's writing style is unique, British in the extreme, and not to every taste or mood, but when he's good he's fun to listen to. He wrote one spectacularly good book (Hamlet Revenge, which I hope comes to audio interpreted by a great reader like Simon Jones or Sir Ian McKellen and with high production values), a few quirky and enjoyable books, and a lot of books that seem to have been written mostly to show off how erudite Innes is. Appleby's End falls into the quirky and enjoyable category, and is more of the first than some people might like. The dry and subtle humor make for a good listen, and it's certainly a change from the modern mystery.

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By Roman on 10-01-10

Rural mystery

A very enjoyable and definitely quirky English country house mystery. Not exactly a crime novel, as there is no crime, just a chain of very weird events going at and around a crumbling country house. First part of the novel, where we are introduced to the characters and Appleby travels from the station to his host's home is wonderfully written. The happenings at a house itself and around are of rather bizarre kind, however still captivating. Highly recommended to all who like British Golden Age crime novels. The writing itself is very clever with lots of allusions to classical literature and art. It is also very well narrated. This was a first book by this author I have read and I was not dissapointed - a credit well spent.

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By H. Tollyfield on 04-20-11

A pedantic masterpiece

This book is great fun, if you like a very literary, dry wit. The family at the heart of the story is beautifully eccentric and Inspector Appleby is a highly intelligent, rather pedantic and, ultimately, an unexpectedly romantic hero. If you like fast paced thrillers, don't listen to this book. But if you enjoy the slower pace and humour more in the style of Cold Comfort Farm, this is a great listen.

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By twigs way on 12-28-10

Leaden mock Gothic

Could not get past the first 3 chapters - even though I did try playing at double speed!! Suspect there is some wit in this leaden mock Gothic tale - with references to Carroll etc but the narration is so very very slow the hole thing becomes just TOO heavy and leaden.

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