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Hamlet, Revenge! (Inspector Appleby Mystery) (original 1937; edição 2001)

por Michael Innes

Séries: Inspector Appleby (2)

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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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Título:Hamlet, Revenge! (Inspector Appleby Mystery)
Autores:Michael Innes
Informação:House of Stratus (2001), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 316 pages
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Not my cup of tea. This is my first Innes novel, and it'll be a struggle for me to return. I love classic mysteries, but this one just seemed off.

First, the text is full of what a previous reviewer called "anachronistic colonialisms": the first chapter was almost impossible to read from my standpoint, with scattered characters speaking in phrases and dialects that I simply could not grasp. (When an entire conversation occurs in which you can't parse the meaning of a single sentence, something has gone wrong.) The obscene number of suspects also makes this a tough read, even for a complex murder mystery, and I felt as if this book was almost a private joke for Innes and a few stuffy, well-educated friends to pore over.

The puzzle is certainly ingenious, and as a Shakespeare nut I highly enjoyed the diverse and complex thoughts, discussions, parodies and references to the Bard. Clearly my negative response to this book is a personal conflict with the author's aims, and shouldn't be taken as indicative of the book's general quality. Yet.... just not for me. ( )
  therebelprince | Nov 15, 2020 |
I didn't like this as well of the first book in the series and definitely not as much as the later books. The plot was too complicated and for me, there were a lot of loose ends. The writing was a little less academic than the previous book but it still requires a lot of knowledge of high level English education to fully enjoy. I did OK, especially because I'm familiar with Hamlet and have probably seem it more than once but I can see why these books may attract a particular audience. ( )
  phyllis2779 | Jun 13, 2020 |
Extremely complicated and over-populated with characters. The central mystery of who shot the victim while the major suspects were all onstage during a play has been copied or adapted over the years; some of those books are better than this one.
There is some humor here and there to lighten things up, and a couple of well-drawn characters. The alternative solutions gambit is handled particularly well, I think.
I’m not in love with Innes’s books and yet I keep on reading them. They’re quite intellectual and intelligent and the reader does get caught up in their twists and turns.
A working knowledge of Shakespeare’s Hamlet is necessary to enjoy this one.
Recommended for lovers of Golden Age British mysteries. ( )
  bohemima | Mar 11, 2020 |
Quotes which sparked reflection:
"But all have known that essentially they must contrive to be seen as from a long way off, that they have their tenure in remaining - remote, jeweled, and magical - a focus for the fantasy-life of thousands." (pg.227) (This book was published in 1937!)
"Leisure had gone...and the others were not so much leisured as laboriously idle." (p.255)
(speaking of a castle) "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." (p.328)
" I suppose it is that there are people who, when the spectacle of evil opens at their feet, will stand insulated and immobile before that black pit."(p.329)
and, for mystery readers and writers everywhere: " "'And what', he asked with sober interest 'brought you to detective stories?' 'Moral compulsion. The effort to give a few hours' amusement as a sort of discount on many hours boredom.'"(p.256)

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  MaryHeleneMele | May 6, 2019 |
Scamnum Court is known as a hangout for the rich and famous. For one of their parties, they decide to put on a production of Hamlet with a selection of notable actors and guests. However, Polonius ends up dead in real life. Inspector Appleby must investigate.

I found this difficult to get through. Normally I like mysteries with a theatrical element, but this one had a heavy narrative style and the various characters had names that slipped out of my memory (“who’s that person again?”). There was some element of Appleby getting information that the reader might not have access to, making this a frustrating read. And the one non-white character is described most patronizingly. This was listed on the Crime Writers’ Association Top 100 Crime Novels list, but it won’t be my favourite on the list. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Nov 3, 2018 |
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