Fisher College at Cambridge lies between St John’s and Trinity Colleges. Here one morning the bed makers and gyps, clamouring for admission on the last day of term were admitted to find, lying across the path, the body of one of the college porters.
The murder of the porter begins a mystery which deepens when it is found that the unpopular Dean of the college is missing. The search for the murderer is conducted in part by the police and partly by the Vice President of Fisher College Sir Richard Cherrington, an eminent but slightly eccentric archaeologist with a penchant for amateur detection.
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I was intrigued by the murder mystery in the book but the constant repetition of the clues and suspect statements made it hard to sustain my interest. The case is looked at by three different individuals, an eccentric college don and archaeologist, a local police inspector, and a Scotland Yard man. They spend so much of their time analyzing the same information, both internally and in spoken dialogue, that the story loses momentum and fizzles at the end. The reader sees little of an actual investigation.
I was especially taken aback when mild manner archeologist and Fisher College vice-president, Sir Richard Cherrington, goes off on a long diatribe about human suffering after he unmasks the killer. It was totally out of character.
Good old fashioned detective work updated skillfully. A regular "Who Done It" written so smoothly updated that I didn't think of Sherlock until it was over.
"THE CAMBRIDGE MURDERS"
When I started the audiobook I thought it was great but as I'm not a uni person I kept getting confused by who was who. I'm still not sure who actually did the murder maybe I'll have to listen to the audiobook again 😣😣😣
too drawn out and the story line jumps about too much. very very disappointing ending.
Yes. I bought this because I was taught by Glyn Daniels at Cambridge in the 1970s. His lectures would often have made very good after dinner speeches. It is such a good picture of Cambridge at the time, and the plot is clever too. He was a charming and erudite man and his book shows that well.
The discovery of the body in the trunk - it was fairly obvious it must be there, but it was still dramatic.
I enjoyed all of them.
Ill in bed after a stay in hospital, it made a difficult day much easier.
It was a long difficult Case with lots of Red Herring's so well. Read 5*
it was my first audible book and I loved it. will definitely continue with my subscription.
"Dreadful, irritating, rambling rubbish"
Dreadful long winded story.. the voiceover also grated. Waste of money. Glad I only paid half price
This is a good tale, but I did not write this as soon as I had finish it so as I can't remember much about it there was not much that was memorable I suppose. I do remember though that I enjoyed it. I think it was Sir Ambrose (?) who seemed sympathetic amateur detective solving a puzzling who dunnit
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