Inspector John Appleby visits utopia in the deep jungles of South America - and tangles with a high spirited conspiracy. An eccentric English schoolgirl disappears, leaving a cryptic note.
©2011 Michael Innes (P)2012 Audible Ltd
"[Y]et another surprising firework display of wit and erudition and ingenious invention." (Guardian)
Michael Innes series of detective stories are curiously uneven. Some of them are pure romps (Appleby’s End) and some are serious exploration of interesting topics, like the stage craft in Hamlet Revenge. This book begins in farce with witches, disappearing cart horses and pecular elderly relatives and then moves to consideration of themes of mass hysteria, crows physiology and misuse of “science”. It is hard to suspend the belief that the whole adventure is impossible: a member of the British police force would hardly be allowed to take off on a wild goose chase that includes an extended trip up the Amazon river and a protracted stay on an island in the middle of the river, surrounded by cannibals and crocodiles..
I have now played through this story twice and I must say that I have now removed it from my ipod. It truley is rubbish. The story is unbelivable and very random. There is no detective work as such just some huge moments of coincidence that will leave you open mouthed at the fact that the author has tryed to pass it off as part of the story. Maybe as a fan of Sherlock Holmes I am expecting to much from my story book detectives but this book falls so far short of my expectations of what a detective should be that I find it unbarable. On that note, unbarable is the only way to describe about 50% of the characters. They simple seem to be there to annoy you.
The only reason I have given this book 2 stars is that the reading of it is good if not brilliant. I don't think I shall be bothering with any other Innes' book if this is his standard fair.
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