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Barely Even Murder Micromonday

More a passing remark than a post today, because I haven't read anything this week except The Ampersand Papers. It was fun in a mild way but kind of a wash as a mystery, and also kind of a wash as a story about finding valuable literary papers in some guy's attic, an interesting situation out of which practically nothing is made. There are quite a lot of stabs at humor and some of them work.

The detective for this story is called Sir John Appleby. He's retired from the police force. . . but murder never retires! That's about all we get of him as a character. He's attempting to take a vacation, so naturally a guy falls out of a tower right in front of him. Well, what do you expect? The Ampersands find his accent trustworthy; he's invited to ask a bunch of questions in a semi-official capacity; eventually a solution rolls down the conveyor belt and everyone sort of gapes at it and goes "oh no." The ending feels like Michael Innes reached his wordcount minimum and called it a day.

The Ampersand Papers is a late entry in a long series, so it's probably best to give Michael Innes another try at some point. There was a lot to like, but it didn't feel like a finished book.


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Jul. 11th, 2016 11:41 am (UTC)
Oh, it's Michael Innes! Yes, he's very random, often quite flippant and varies a lot - the one of his that was best that I've read so far was Death at the President's Lodging (which has that tried and tested favourite where an academic gets murdered). However, on the random but entertaining side, as I've mentioned before, The Daffodil Affair where a horse and a house get stolen and the characters wind up on the other side of the Atlantic complaining that if they're in a murder mystery story, it's not even a proper one, it's some rubbish thing by Michael Innes is kind of fun, if only for the novelty value. I remain rather fond of him just for those two. I have never been able to read enough to detect whether or not Appleby has an actual character or is just a sort of parody who is afflicted by all the tropes of the genre. I suspect he does, but second hand bookshops and libraries weren't helpful in furthering my investigations at the time.

Edited at 2016-07-11 11:42 am (UTC)
Jul. 13th, 2016 09:35 pm (UTC)
He's entertaining enough on a sentence level, so I will try Death at the President's Lodging (what do they say about academia: the stakes are so low that murder is practically inevitable?) I didn't dislike The Ampersand Papers, just disappointed.

I have never been able to read enough to detect whether or not Appleby has an actual character or is just a sort of parody who is afflicted by all the tropes of the genre.

Aw, poor guy. I like him better already.

Edited at 2016-07-13 09:39 pm (UTC)
Jul. 11th, 2016 02:02 pm (UTC)
What! He makes nothing of the papers in the attic? But that's gold there, gold! So sad he didn't do more with it.
Jul. 13th, 2016 09:37 pm (UTC)
It serves its function in the plot and then, when it isn't needed anymore, it's disposed of in a very perfunctory way. This is supposed to be humorous, but I was interested in those papers, damn it!
Jul. 11th, 2016 06:58 pm (UTC)
Jul. 13th, 2016 09:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks for stopping by! I hope things go better for you soon. :|
Jul. 13th, 2016 09:59 pm (UTC)
Always a pleasure to stop by, m'dear! :D

Thank you...hoping it all turns around very soon. Though I have to say, the help we have received over the last two weeks - and the warm support over the last several months have been such a comfort and a joy to me and my little family!

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