Colonel Ffolliot Petticate's predicament begins when his novelist wife, Sonia, drowns during a sailing trip in the English Channel. A dramatic cover-up ensues in a tale full of humour, irony, and devastating suspense.
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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. Innes was educated at Oriel College, Oxford, where he was presented with the Matthew Arnold Memorial Prize and named a Bishop Frazer's scholar. After graduation, he went to Vienna to study Freudian psychoanalysis for a year and following his first book, an edition of Florio's translation of 'Montaigne', was offered a lectureship at the University of Leeds. In 1932 he married Margaret Hardwick, a doctor, and they subsequently had five children including Angus, also a novelist. The year 1936 saw Innes as Professor of English at the University of Adelaide, during which tenure he wrote his first mystery story, 'Death at the President's Lodging'. 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 then settled down as a Reader in English Literature at Christ Church, Oxford, from which he retired in 1973. Innes's most famous character is 'John Appleby', who inspired a penchant for donnish detective fiction that lasts to this day. His other well-known character is 'Honeybath', the painter and rather reluctant detective, who first appeared in 1975 in 'The Mysterious Commission'. The last of the Innes novels, 'Appleby and the Ospreys', was published in 1986, some eight years before his death in 1994. His work is still very highly regarded and 'Appleby's End' and 'The New Sonia Wayward' were chosen by H.R.F. Keating as being amongst the best 100 crime novels ever written. The 'Times Literary Supplement' said of him: 'A Master - he constructs a plot that twists and turns like an electric eel: it gives you shock upon shock and you cannot let go.
'A gem. How rare an item this is. A polished, urbane, and funny thriller. Wonderfully written. On no account to be missed'
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1972. Book Condition: Very Good. New impression. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP87614756
Book Description Penguin, 1960. Book Condition: very good. mystery paperback. Bookseller Inventory # MPI4706
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd. Paperback. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. little to no wear, pages are clean. The cover and binding are crisp with next no creases. Bookseller Inventory # 2769364577
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1972. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. p/b 174 pages, condition is very good, an owners name to the flyleaf. Colonel Petticate stared at his wife in stupefaction. He could scarcely believe the evidence of his eyes - or of the fingers which he had just lifted from her pulse. But it was true. the poor old girl was dead. Bookseller Inventory # 049041
Book Description Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, Middlesex, UK, 1972. Paperback. Book Condition: Good ++. Reisssue. 174 pages. Dulled green spine. Light wear to covers' corners and spine-ends. Page-edges lightly browned o/w contents clean. Size: 7" Tall. Bookseller Inventory # 035772
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Book Description Penguin Books, 1972. Couverture souple. Book Condition: Moyen. RO60110604: 173 pages. 2e plat légèrement abîmé sur le bord supérieur. Thriller. In-12 Broché. Etat d'usage. Couv. légèrement pliée. Dos satisfaisant. Intérieur acceptable Classification Dewey : 420-Langue anglaise. Anglo-saxon. Bookseller Inventory # RO60110604