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by Michael Innes


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And Who’s Who had revealed that Lady Canadine (wife of the former owner of an improper garden ornament) had been a Raven. The thing was as simple as that. A remote Raven, but a Raven, all the same.

A Family Affair book. As Michael Innes, he published numerous mystery novels and short story collections, most featuring the Scotland Yard detective John Appleby. Other books in the series. Sir John Appleby (1 - 10 of 36 books). Books by Michael Innes

House of Stratus, 23 сент. Born in Edinburgh in 1906, the son of the city's Director of Education, John Innes Mackintosh Stewart wrote a highly successful series of mystery stories under the pseudonym Michael Innes.

House of Stratus, 23 сент. Innes was educated at Oriel College, Oxford, where he was presented with the Matthew Arnold Memorial Prize and named a Bishop Frazer's scholar.

Born in Edinburgh in 1906, the son of the city's Director of Education, John Innes Mackintosh Stewart wrote a highly successful series of mystery stories under the pseudonym Michael Innes.

0 5 Author: Michael Innes. Over a period of twenty years, a series of highly elaborate art hoaxes have been perpetrated at carefully time intervals, and in each case, the victim has a very good reason for keeping quiet. Inspector Appleby's interest is kindled by an amusing dinner-party anecdote - when he enlists the help of his wife and son, the ensuing investigation is truly a family affair.

This is one of Innes's most challenging books. I won't describe more of the plot, which turns largely from mystery to suspense by the final section of the book. It's among his most outrageously fantastic stories and yet its focus is surely on a much more absolute evil than casual murder or garden-variety vice. In wartime, and certain other times of dire trouble, we gradually lose our grip on reality as the fantastic and the horrific become commonplace. What I will touch upon is what makes this book so interesting and so much fun-at least for this reader-a survey of internet opinion turns up a wide variety of reactions.

Many devotees of the Innes books were unaware of his other "identity", and vice versa The Daffodil Affair (1942). The Weight of the Evidence (1943). Appleby's End (1945).

Many devotees of the Innes books were unaware of his other "identity", and vice versa. 1 John Appleby series. The Daffodil Affair (1942).

Michael Innes is the pseudonym of John Innes Mackintosh Stewart (1906 – 1994), a British scholar and novelist. He was born near Edinburgh, the son of a Scottish professor, and attended Edinburgh Academy, then Oriel College, Oxford where he won the Matthew Arnold Memorial Prize in 1939 and honours in English. He was a Lecturer, then a Professor in English at different universities, including Adelaide University in South Australia from 1935 to 1945.

A Family Affair is the last Nero Wolfe detective novel by Rex Stout, published by the Viking Press in 1975

A Family Affair is the last Nero Wolfe detective novel by Rex Stout, published by the Viking Press in 1975. The prolific author, who had penned more than 70 stories in the internationally successful Nero Wolfe series since 1934, died at the age of 88, less than six months after publication of this last book.

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Comments: (3)

Windbearer
I tried, I really tried to get into this book. I made it more than half way and decided I didn't care who pulled all these hoaxes. It was so bad, I removed all the other Innes books from my shopping cart.
Rainpick
A conventional, symmetrical Appleby mystery: five art thefts, Appleby and wife and son investigating separately and together, a toggling back and forth between Oxford and sprawling English country houses (these books' usual haunt is one or the other), a wild set-piece finale involving a flaming motorboat careening down the Isis in confused undergraduate imitation of a classical/Anglo-Saxon pyre. Innes seemed to enjoying the five-separate-incidents plot, how to disentangle them all from each other and how to put them back together into a solution. The prose is perhaps even more mischievous and allusive than usual--"'They included one of Leslie Stephen's girls.' 'My father means Virginia Woolf,' Bobby said a shade grimly" (18)--and playful with language misspeakings and misunderstandings, particularly the outrageous Dutch accent of an art studio proprietor. Apparently Appleby's kids aren't interesting until they reach Oxford . . . but, no matter. If you've been to Oxford, its textured representation here is fun. If you like language being stretched around in silly ways, this style is fun. There's a decent, fair-play mystery here, too.
Watikalate
The art thefts are as freakish as they are profitable. In the first known instance, someone impersonates a Very Distinguished Royal personage who is known to accept gifts from her hosts--a painting or a piece of mine host's bric-a-brac that she fancies would look charming in her own palace: in this case, it is an early Siennese Madonna that enchants her. The gift is graciously offered and received, but when the backwoods peer learns that his visiting Royal was a fake, he is too embarrassed to pursue the matter.
Over the course of fifteen years, similiarly cunning thefts occur, and each time the victim is too mortified to pursue the matter. Sir John Appleby was the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police (New Scotland Yard) when a couple of the incidents were reported, but they were underneath his radar screen at the time. Now he is retired and his wife is trying to turn him into a horticulturist. When he visits his son at Oxford, Appleby hears the story of bogus Royal from one of Bobby's classmates and decides to do a quiet investigation of his own.
He soon encounters peers, art dealers, and business magnates who have been touched up by the same audacious thief, who never uses the same ploy twice but always succeeds in humiliating his victims into silence.
Sir John decides to set up a sting of his own.
"A Family Affair" (1969), also known as "Picture of Guilt" is an exquisitely literate satire as well as a satisfying mystery. Michael Innes focuses his laser wit on subjects as various as Oxford social clubs, rugby, snobbish peers, and acquisitive Royals. As you might guess from the title, Sir John's wife and son are also involved in the case of the cunning art thief.
A family affair, download epub
Author: Michael Innes
ISBN: 0575002190
Category: No category
Language: English
Publisher: Gollancz (1969)
Pages: 221 pages