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  1. Susan Susan says:

    This is the first Inspector John Appleby mystery set firmly within the Golden Age of Detective Fiction both in terms of period and style Dr Josiah Umpleby President of St Anthony's College has been shot and Inspector Appleby is sent to help local authority Inspector Dodd discover the murderer The mystery is very much an academic exercise with Appleby outlining possible suspects motives and methods Of course there are many red herrings and much confusion involving professional arguments academic digressions and many misleading clues The book is a little dry at the beginning but if you enjoy novels set in this era and this type of academic mystery then you will really enjoy itAppleby is a very intelligent well read hero whose abilities in deduction consist in considering and working out the clues rather than in action There is a wonderful scene at the end where Appleby in time honoured fashion addresses the Fellows of the College and outlines what and how happened Finally there is also an excellent bibliography and synopses of the author's books The next in the Appleby series is Hamlet Revenge and I am sure I will be reading on

  2. Leah Leah says:

    I simply Kant take any When Dr Umpleby the President of prestigious and ancient St Anthony's College is found murdered Inspector Appleby of the Yard is rushed to the spot as the local plods will clearly not be well educated or cultured enough to deal with such a sensitive affair Fortunately Appleby can uote major and minor philosophers with the best of them and has than a passing knowledge of all the arcane subjects covered in a classical Oxbridge education all of which will no doubt help him to uncover who killed the President and whyThe tone of my introduction may have been somewhat of a spoiler for my opinion of the book so I may as well jump straight to the conclusion – I abandoned this at just under 40% finally throwing in the towel when one of the characters hinted that the clue to the mystery might be found in an anecdote about Kant uoted in a book by De uincey This only a couple of pages after the following passageAnd he Inspector Appleby sipped his whisky and finally murmured to Titlow a suspect with something of the whimsicality that Titlow had been adopting a little before “What truth is it that these mountains bound and is a lie in the world beyond?”There was silence while Titlow's eye dwelt meditatively on the policeman conversant with Montaigne Then he smiled and his smile had great charm “I wear my heart on my wall?” he asked “To project one's own conflicts to hang them up in simple pictorial terms – it is to be able to step back and contemplate oneself You understand?”I couldn't help but feel it might have been useful had Appleby asked whether Titlow had crept into the college garden in the middle of the night and shot the President or searched his rooms for the gun but each to his own I suppose And certainly my method wouldn't have allowed Innes to show his vast erudition and superior intellect which appears to be the main purpose of the bookThe actual plot is based on there being a limited number of people almost all academics who could have had access to Dr Umpleby's rooms at the time of the murder Sadly this aspect becomes tedious very uickly with much talk of who had or didn't have keys where rooms are in relation to each other where walls and passages are I felt a desperate need for a nap oops I mean a map after the first several dozen pages of description Oddly enough Innes claims Appleby is happier dealing with problems on a “human or psychological plane” and then proceeds to have this great intellectual wandering around in the literal dark playing hunt the missing key By 40% only one possible motive had emerged largely because Appleby seems interested in listing the academic tomes on the suspects' bookshelves than in trying to find out where they had been at the time of the crime This is one of Martin Edwards' picks in his The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books and I've seen several positive reviews of other books of Michael Innes' recently so I'm willing to accept that my antipathy to this style of writing isn't universal or perhaps Innes improved in later books – this I believe was his first However the only emotions it provoked in me were tedium and irritation at the perpetual intellectual snobbery Having been made to realise my own status as dullard I shall take my inferior intellect and defective education off into the dunce's corner now but don't feel too sorry for me for I shall take with me an ample supply of chocolate and some books by authors who may not have achieved a First in Classics at Oxbridge but who nevertheless know the definition of the word “entertain”In truth I think my rating of this one is harsh – had I been able to convince myself to struggle through it it may have earned three stars for the uality of the writing and plot But since I couldn't bring myself to finish it I fear I can only give it onePS Appleby and Umpleby? Seriously??NB This book was provided for review by the publisher Ipso Bookswwwfictionfanblogwordpresscom

  3. Kim Kaso Kim Kaso says:

    35 stars Cerebrally enjoyable university setting was well done but characters were not stand outs Felt like pieces of a puzzle to be moved around and denouement fell flat felt incomplete Innes wrote a plethora of Sir John Appleby books will try another to see if he improves I want to like them find another vein of Golden Era detective fiction

  4. Terence M (Restored Disposition ;) Terence M (Restored Disposition ;) says:

    Audiobook 905 Narrator Stephen Hogan25 stars out of 50Published in 1936 the first Sir John Appleby murder mystery is set in a fictitious Oxford college Inspector Appleby was not a knight at the time of writing so plain Inspector Appleby was brought in from The Yard to assist a local Inspector with the rather dull name of Dodd to solve the crime for which there were in the end six I think suspects all of them academics Very British with the reuired plummy accents and Dons Deans Doctors Fellows and the like with the most unlikely sounding Surnames Note the uppercase 'S' everybody referred to anybody and everybody else by their Surnames I suppose it was the 'done' thing There were lots of arcane references to arcane poets and eually arcane philosophers and it all became rather academically dull full of literary puffery and intellectual snobbery Finally Appleby calls a round table well really a long table conference confronts each of the possible doers with the whys and why nots and finally finally by Jove he announces the guilty partyI sort of enjoyed this novel from the so called Golden Age of Detective Fiction and I will read another from my collection but not in the near future I think these are to be enjoyed in the Winter with the headphones on sound loud enough to drown extraneous noise television Beloved on the phone ad vitam aeternam feet up head back eyes closed allowing full immersion until sleep transcends all

  5. fleurette fleurette says:

    This is my first book in this series about which I heard a lot of good things and probably not my last one Very well constructed secret of a locked roomBefore I get to the proper review I need to make clear one thing English is not my native language but I have been reading books in English for years and it doesn't seem too difficult for me That is why I was surprised when it turned out that this book reuires much of my attention and effort than usual When I thought about it seriously I realized that this is probably the oldest book I read in English I am uite astonished at this I don't know if it is due to the period in which it was written or the specific writing style of Michael Innes but the language in which this book was written is a bit complicated Very beautiful but not easy for someone who is not a native speaker It is full of intricate stylistic constructions archaisms and words very rarely used in modern English I had to get used to it And devote attention to this book than I usually do with other detective storiesDespite this I fully appreciate the well constructed murder mystery that only a very limited number of people could commit If I have any weakness when it comes to crime stories I love it when different people tell their version of events one after the other and these versions are completely unlike The detective must decide which version is true or closest to the truth I love this theme And we have something like this here Every now and then someone tells his version of the events on the night of the murder and then tells a completely different version as clues and evidence are found And the evidences are most of the time revealed intentionally or fabricated Most of the time nothing makes sense It's really a well constructed mysteryAnd not without some humor First of all we have a group of very characteristic and expressive characters many of whom have comic features There are also many funny scenes and dialogues And even the whole thread that although it adds nothing to the case is an amusing interlude Of course I am talking about a group of pupils taking their chance in solving the caseAs for the ending I really like it It is not completely reliable but it perfectly matches all the events in the book and the relations between the characters And again we have here the same story told by different people from different perspectives I had a great time reading these last chaptersThe next book in this series is on my short TBR pile because of one of my reading challenges I am not sure if I will read it right after this one but I will definitely do it soon I hope it will be eually good

  6. Cphe Cphe says:

    Just an okay read Set in the college of St Anthony the President is found murdered and Inspector John Appleby is sent in to investigate Found the mysterypolice procedural hard to follow in places Enjoyed the setting but none of the characters stood out all in all a bit flat

  7. Abigail Bok Abigail Bok says:

    Death at the President’s Lodging introduces readers to Inspector Appleby at this point a young but rising detective with Scotland Yard He is sent into the medieval confines of a fictional Oxford college where the president has been murdered in his own study Early on it becomes clear that the murderer is most likely one of the president’s colleagues and in fact most of the investigation takes place claustrophobically enough within the walled confines of the college We do get to escape briefly with a few undergraduates and even briefly with Inspector Appleby The mystery unfolds through a series of intellectual debates and courteous conversations between the inspector and the scholarsIf this is not your cup of tea you might well be bored There isn’t a lot of skullduggery and there are no further murders to ratchet up the suspense But if you like the setting you should find this story deeply absorbing Michael Innes in real life a British don named J I M Stewart challenges your focus at every turn with a complicated series of events and clues buried in what appear to be idle academic chat I love that he does not “write down” to his audience There are a few self indulgent bits including a don turned mystery writer whom the inspector finds charming and trusts instinctively—a bit on the self congratulatory side but the complexities of the murder and its unraveling should hold any true mystery lover’s attention The dénouement itself is perhaps ridiculously elaborate but isn’t that almost a reuirement of the genre at least for fiction of this period it was first published in 1937?In this debut Inspector Appleby is yet a bit unformed; we see all the action through his consciousness but we see only what pertains to business I have read all the other books in the series and mentally inserted some of what I previously learned but even without a vivid central character I found true pleasure from rolling in the vocabulary and rhythms of Innes’s style from the rich and believable depiction of an English college and its cultures from having to keep on my toes during every conversation I hope readers will discover the abstruse pleasures of J I M Stewart’s work both the mysteries written as Michael Innes and the pure fiction he wrote under his own name

  8. Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) says:

    I have trouble with mysteries that start with a map of the premises It's usually an early warning sign that events are going to be confusing and the first Appleby mystery is no exception Don't expect a synopsis of the action because I found it confusing and hard to follow not only because of the red herrings crosses and double crosses but because of the narration itself In his first book Innes seems to partake of the rarified atmosphere of Oxbridge academia to the point of being almost incomprehensible at times The language at the beginning is stilted and unnatural while those rare beings the academics are introduced Circumlocutions abound even when narrating events as they happen Then suddenly in the second half of the book the narrative voice becomes much natural thank goodness However as others have mentioned I found the action and implications hard to follow and the professors difficult to tell apart Perhaps this is partly due to the fact that the novel is very much of its time 1935 with some now uaintly old fashioned ideas on anthropology psychology and even criminology Tell me have the Germans really come up with a way of taking someone's fingerprints through gloves? We are treated to statements such as this Every detective knows the importance of a history of mental unbalance In real life murderers are not on the whole found among the chief constables and Cabinet ministers they are found among the less normal portion of humanity I see And Cabinet ministers are by definition normal O tempore o sBy the end of the book I was startled to realise that all the action takes place in the compass of about three days During the intervening nights Appleby spends a large amount of time wandering around in the dark over an unfamiliar college; like other police detectives he seems to manage without food or sleep Halfway through I had the feeling I'd been doing the same The denouement gave me the feeling that to really understand what happened and what didn't I'd need to read the whole book again but by that time I didn't really want toI haven't given up yet; Innes wrote and published until the late 1980s and perhaps his later work was better developed In the meantime if you want a cracking good 1930s academia thriller may I recommend Dorothy Sayers' Gaudy Night Apart from the occasional uotation it's much accessible to the modern reader

  9. Deb Jones Deb Jones says:

    If you like your Scotland Yard detectives to be intelligent people then you have found one in Detective Inspector Appleby He's been sent by the home office to head the investigation into the shooting death of a university president Clues and suspects abound High ranking members of the university fellows are among the suspects Their intellectual acuity makes the investigation that much difficult and convolutedThis was a well plotted whodunit that became tedious as the story dragged on at least for this reader

  10. Leslie Leslie says:

    February 2017 I found this less slow this time around and funReview from March 2013 Seven Suspects is the American title of Michael Innes' first Inspector Appleby book Death at the President's Lodging The murder of a university president forms the basis of this version of a locked room mysteryI found the beginning slow going mostly due to Innes' style of prose However once I became accustomed to the style the plot began to unfold the story uickly engrossed me I don't think this is the type of mystery where the reader can figure out who is guilty before the detective I certainly didn't but Innes plays fair there are no hidden clues or evidence only the detective is privy to All in all an excellent example of this genre of mystery

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Death at the President's Lodging Inspector Appleby is called to St Anthony’s College where the President has been murdered in his Lodging Scandal abounds when it becomes clear that the only people with any motive to murder him are the only people who had the opportunity because the President’s Lodging opens off Orchard Ground which is locked at night and only the Fellows of the College have keys

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  • Death at the President's Lodging
  • Michael Innes
  • 04 March 2016

About the Author: Michael Innes

JIM Stewart He was born in Edinburgh and educated at Edinburgh Academy and Oriel College Oxford He was Lecturer in English at the University of Leeds from 1930 1935 and spent the succeeding ten years as Jury Professor of English at the University of Adelaide South Australia He returned to the United Kingdom in 1949 to become a Lecturer at the ueen's University of Belfast In 1949 he became a Student Fellow of Christ Church Oxford becoming a Professor by the time of his retirement in 1973 As JIM Stewart he published a number of works of non fiction mainly critical studies of authors including Joseph Conrad and Rudyard Kipling as well as about twenty works of fiction and a memoir 'Myself and Michael Innes' As Michael Innes he published numerous mystery novels and short story collections most featuring the Scotland Yard detective John Appleby