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Book Review: A Charming English-Flavored Mystery

Appleby's Other Story by Michael Innes

I've read many many mysteries over the years, including many of the classics, but somehow I managed to miss Michael Innes.  I now understand this was a grave oversight. 

On the face of it, this story has a classic setup.  A retired policeman hero, an English country house murder, a house party full of suspects.  What made this special was the understated humor of the characters, the charming turns of phrase and the extremely clever solution (which included a really abysmal pun!).  This was delightful, and bound to charm and satisfy any lover of English-flavored classic mysteries.  Skip the inside jacket blurb, however, as it may give a bit too much away.   

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