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A Whodunnit with a capital W - if you like (or like satires of) Brit academe, The author seemed to have fun writing this, the wonderful narrator has fun relating it, and if you give it some time to get into the world of the story, it can be a fun listen, even to contemporary ears.
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This English mystery novel pretends to be quiet and sedate, while unleashing a complicated puzzle of murder in a locked-up college full of people too smart for their own good. The author is obviously fond of all his characters, and the narrator has a different voice for all of them. There's even some Chestertonian wild chases across the countryside. What else can I say? Innes writes winners.
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Hats off to Audible for their enterprise in resurrecting one of the great figures from the 'Golden Age' of detective fiction. The jackets of his books were endorsed with the quotation 'the phantasmagoric Mr. Innes' which may explain why he was never a bestseller like many of his contemporaries. Although he may use the common plots of the genre (there aren't many, after all) his developments of them was utterly unlike those of any other mystery writer. And, of course, given his daytime job as a Professor of English Literature, the quality of the writing is far above the dull, off-the shelf prose of most current practitioners.
If you enjoy this book, I recommend (to you and Audible) 'Stop Press', 'From London Far', and 'Operation Pax'
As for the reader, he has a pleasant voice, clear diction and sensible pacing, and wisely does not attempt an upper-middle class 1930's voice. A 5 star production.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
I'm of the same opinion as listener John. Those 'Golden Age' detectiv fictions have so much to give and - honestly - they do it without leaving the landscape strewn with scattered corpses and spilled gust like some modern writers whose stile of writing isn't even above average.
'Death of a President's Lodging' is not for the hasty. It is to be savoured, reclining in a comfortable chair and sipping great tea. Like in the good old times. More please.
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