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With his second, 'Hamlet Revenge', Innes firmly established his reputation as a highly entertaining and cultivated writer. Innes was a Student of Christ Church, Oxford, from 1949 until his retirement in 1973.

With his second, 'Hamlet Revenge', Innes firmly established his reputation as a highly entertaining and cultivated writer. After the end of World War II, he returned to the UK and spent two years at Queen's University, Belfast, where in 1949 he wrote the 'Journeying Boy', a novel notable for the richly comedic use of an Irish setting. He was a Lecturer in English, and he did not talk down to readers of his detective fiction. 15 people found this helpful.

Hamlet, Revenge! book. Published in 1937, this is the second in Michael Innes' series of detective novels featuring Inspector John Appleby. At Seamnum Court, seat of the Duke of Horton, The Lord Chancellor. However, Appleby doesn’t appear until the second section of the novel – the first part is devoted to setting the scene and introducing the very large cast of characters. As with many Golden Age mysteries, the action takes place in an English country house – in this case, Scamnum Court, which has been home to the Dukes of Horton for centuries.

Title: Hamlet, Revenge! (Inspector Appleby) Author(s): Michael Innes ISBN: 1-84232-737-2 .

Hamlet, Revenge! by Michael Innes (Paperback, 2008). Good Condition: A book that has been read, but is in good condition. Minimal damage to the book cover eg. scuff marks, but no holes or tears. If this is a hard cover, the dust jacket may be missing.

Hamlet, Revenge! is a 1937 novel by Michael Innes (. Stewart), his second novel. It centers on the investigation into the murder of the Lord Chancellor of England during an amateur production of Shakespeare's Hamlet, in which he plays Polonius, and other crimes which follow at the seat of the Duke of Horton, Scamnum Court.

Hamlet, Revenge! First published in 1937. This was an immediate success and part of a long running series centred on his character Inspector Appleby. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form, or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise), without the prior permission of the publisher. A second novel, Hamlet Revenge, soon followed and overall he managed over fifty under the Innes banner during his career.

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The Prime Minister dispatches Inspector John Appleby to investigate. But within hours of Appleby's arrival, he has another body on his hands. In this closed quarters party, Appleby must unearth the motive to find the killer with a deadly grudge. Format Paperback 352 pages. Dimensions 13. x 21. x 2. 7mm 44. 2g. Publication date 23 Aug 2017.

At Seamnum Court, seat of the Duke of Horton, The Lord Chancellor of England is murdered at the climax of a private presentation of Hamlet, in which he plays Polonius. Inspector Appleby pursues some of the most famous names in the country, unearthing dreadful suspicion.

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I entirely agree with the other reviewers that this is a magnificent mystery. It has long been one of my favorites.

I would like to comment on another point, however: the physical book. I bought this edition because my old mass-market paperback was worn. On the last page of the new book it says "Made in the USA[;] Lexington, KY[;] 15 January 2010." The date is very close to when I ordered it, so I expect this is a "print to order" paperback. The printing is very clean and sharp, attractive and pleasing to the eye. Unfortunately, this edition contains a fair number of typos, which leads me to suspect that it was created by scanning an older edition, and that the software did not perfectly recognize the text. Or maybe the typos were in the old printed edition. They are not so frequent as to bother me, though I suppose they might bother others. I briefly kept track of them and found four in fourteen pages, to give an idea of the frequency.

It seems to me that the publishers could obtain an improved edition by soliciting corrections from readers. Anyway, it is a very interesting and worthwhile application of technology, making available a printed version of a book that otherwise might well be out of print.
Saying this is one of my less-favorite Appleby mysteries is like saying Scotchmallows are one of my less-favorite See's chocolates -- they are still delicious See's chocolates, and this is still an Appleby mystery, and thus a thing to savor.

Innes is, simply, a beautiful writer -- his books are full of wonderful phrases and passages, even very minor characters spring to life and are memorable, his humor is light and deft, and he can write action and dread with the most remarkable economy. None of these gifts gets a full innings in this book.

I was unaware of Innes' true identity when I first read this novel, more than 50 years ago, but this time it leapt out at me from the page, because Innes wrote himself into this book, gently lampooning himself while so doing. Appleby is assisted by his old friend the Innes character, the esteemed young academic who semi-secretly writes very successful pseudonymous mysteries.

Why this is not my favorite Innes novel: The cast of characters -- the country-house party putting on a production of Hamlet -- is really too large for even Innes to make them all vivid enough that we don't lose track of who they are. The entire novel takes place in the closed setting of the great house, with a historically-accurate Shakespearean stage at its literal and narrative center. Most of the action is offstage; in keeping with the Hamlet theme, this is a novel of soliloquies and musings. And this allows Innes to veer a little too far into the donnishly precise prose of which he was capable.

So it's a novel where nobody goes anywhere, nobody really does anything, and people are constantly delivering precise and thoughtful lectures to each other or themselves. If you already love Innes' works, this one's enjoyable as a long, gentle inside joke. But it is certainly not where I would begin my acquaintance with his wonderful protagonist, John Appleby.
This classical suspense novel, first published in 1937 might be difficult to follow for readers who are not already familiar with Shakespeare''s '"The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince Denmark.'"
However, it is well worth reading, not only for the richly allusive mystery, but also for the characters who create and act out its tragedy. The author engraves his brittle, upper-class English in diamond-point prose. He etches their wit with acid. They are never dull. To misquote the Bard himself, 'Age cannot wither Innes's characters, nor murder stale their witty dialogue.'

For the length of the tragedy at least, the reader will inhabit the manor and precincts of Scamnum Court, principal seat of the Duke of Horton---'It is a big place: two counties away it has a sort of little brother in Blenheim Palace.'

After the second murder of the evening, C.I.D. Inspector John Appleby gives the reader his impression of the place, while searching through its corridors for the Duchess of Horton:

'"Moving about Scamnum at night, it seemed to Appleby, was like moving in a dream through some monstrously overgrown issue of 'Country Life.' Great cubes of space, disconcertingly indeterminate in function--- were they rooms or passages? ---flowed past in the half-darkness with the intermittent coherence of distant music, now composed into order and proportion, now a vague and raw material for the architectonics of the imagination'He recalled the great palaces --- now for the most part tenantless --- which the eighteenth century had seen rise, all weirdly of a piece, about Europe. Scamnum, he knew, was to be a different pattern; would reveal itself in the morning as being --- however augustly --- the home of an English gentleman and a familiar being. But now it was less a human dwelling than a dream-symbol of centuries of rule, a fantasy created from the tribute of ten thousand cottages long perished from the land."
Everything in "'Hamlet, Revenge!"' is done on a grand scale. The Duchess of Horton persuades her old friend, the Lord Chancellor of England to act the part of Polonius in her amateur production of 'Hamlet.' Her husband is cast as Claudius, King of Denmark and she herself plays his Queen. Their daughter, Elizabeth is Ophelia. The greatest Shakespearean actor of the day plays the Melancholy Dane.
All of the play's characters are put on edge by a series of mysterious messages, culminating in a quotation from 'Macbeth', '''there shall be done a deed of dreadful note''' Then the Lord Chancellor is shot to death at the very instant in the play when his character is supposed to die by Hamlet's sword.

Appleby is called in to solve a murder that 'was planned, deliberately and at obvious risk, to take place bang in the middle of a private performance of Hamlet.'

The young C.I.D. Inspector is also charged with recovering vital State documents that the second-most important figure in British government had with him when he motored down to Scamnum Court to strut and fret upon the ducal stage. Until the very end of' 'Hamlet, Revenge'!' the reader can never be sure if he or she is reading a murder mystery or a spy story.

''Hamlet, Revenge!'' in my opinion is one of the top ten mysteries of the last century, reaching the same rarified heights as Sayers's ''The Nine Taylors'.'

It is much less known to American readers, possibly because of its author's richly allusive style. Innes was a Student of Christ Church, Oxford, from 1949 until his retirement in 1973. He was a Lecturer in English, and he did not talk down to readers of his detective fiction. Either they were familiar with the Bard, or they would miss out on half the enjoyment of ''Hamlet, Revenge!''
If you are a fan of Golden Age mysteries then you will love this clever, witty book. A working knowledge of Shakespeare's Hamlet will definitely make it easier to follow. Golden Age mysteries can be an acquired taste and often are demanding reads but I really enjoy them and this one is an absolute classic!
Hamlet, Revenge! (Inspector Appleby) download epub
Thrillers & Suspense
Author: Michael Innes
ISBN: 1842327372
Category: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
Language: English
Publisher: House of Stratus (September 23, 2008)
Pages: 312 pages