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Desert Kings (Deathlands, hColin Revell is an old boy of Oakington School and when an unexplained death takes place there theeadmaster Dr Rosaveare calls An Officer and a Spy him in to investigate as Revell who is a novelist is also known as an amateur sleuthIt is one of the students whoas died seemingly accidentally that lead to the Exposed (Annika Bengtzon, headmaster inviting Revell but after undertaking some investigations and coming to no firm conclusionse is dismissed as the Ooko headmaster decides that there is no mystery surrounding the death it is deemed to be accidentalHowever when a second suspicious death occurs theeadmaster decides not to call in Revell but the latter takes it upon imself to Return To Oakington As He Is Indeed Suspicious About The to Oakington as e is indeed suspicious about the Eventually Detective Inspector Guthrie is Called In From Scotland Yard And While in from Scotland Yard and while takes the the lead in the investigation Revell continues Shadow Scale (Seraphina, his own enuires in the background Despite there being plenty of subterfuge going on nothing definitive comes out of the investigations and therefore Guthrie returns to Scotland Yard with the case left seemingly unsolved and Revell decides to go back to LondonBut theeadmaster persuades Revell to remain for the remaining few weeks of the term and act as Claim The Crown his personal secretary and this gives Revell chance to investigate further At one pointe feels that Nerds heas worked out what In the Shadow of the Crown (Queens of England, hasappened but then another death occurs and throws the whole episode into utter confusion While this is going on there is an interlude of love interest as Revell discovers that Bark heas an attraction to one of the master s wives and the pair of them become very friendly a fact that upsets the master greatly and which later On Such a Full Sea has significant implicationsAfter much intrigue and an attempt on Revell s life the mysteries are solved and in a rather surprising turn of events Guthrie returns to take the credit something that is not particularly appreciated by Revell who later returns to London to write upis experiences both in prose and verse Murder At School is James Hilton at is best with the schoolmaster characters somewhat School is James Hilton at is best with the schoolmaster characters somewhat of similar characters in Cannibal his eually excellent Goodbye Mr Chips A fairly good read a mystery written the author under the pen name of Glen Trevor and beforee would go on and write Mastered (The Enforcers, his famous Lost Horizon and Goodbye Mr Chips To You Mr Chips Based in the academic world like Mr Chips Was It Murder begins with an alumnus Colin Revell returningis former public school in response to a uery by the Man, Son of Man headmaster There s been a death at the school an. A detective novel by James Hilton Murder at School deals with the phenomenon of coincidence by posing the uestion ofow likely it is that two brothers attending the same boarding Murder at SchoolDelightfully British This was a frustrating whodunit Having spent years with the wisdom of sherlock olmes years with the wisdom of Sherlock Holmes the grey cells of Poirot the who dun it appeared so obvious to me right from the word go As the book went on Hilton appeared to be throwing one uge evidence after another to point to the actual culprit but our ero seems to go in all directions but the right one Maybe that was Hilton s purpose to show ow dumb amateur detectives could beThe setting was good obviously Hilton as a partiality for old setting was good obviously Hilton as a partiality for old British

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But the were not well fleshed out which meant that unlike is books of drama like Random Art harvest and Goodbye Mr Chips no character seemed to come to life They remained caricatures within the book and forgotten once the book was finished This was not a well constructed mystery at all I usually don t try to solve mysteries while I read them But in this case the solution seemed glaringly obvious if anything confirmed by the fact that the murderer was one of the only people nobody seemed to suspect e James Hilton is now mostly forgotten author Was it Murder isis only detective story and a part of me isn t surprised Although God Is in the Crowd he wrote novels centered on mysteries allis life most famous and beautiful one being Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard his Himalayan masterpiece Lost Horizone also sentenced The Matriarchs (The Family himself on a spiral of being so profilic thate turned out to be predictable I knew the solution to the murder Notes for the Everlost halfway through the book But then again detective stories are mostly about the setting Englishigh school as one was particularly refreshing Stormy nights in the dorm death lurking around the corner and a lousy wanna be detectivepoet surrounded by old fashioned teachers did the charm although the main twist didn tBut that doesn t speak against Hilton s ability to tell an engaging story That is after all what was most fun about this short novel the main character not only doesn t solve the murders When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) he is a fool who falls for murderer s every trap until the proper Scotland Yard detective doesn t solve it forim Maybe that s the twist that Hilton No Biggy! had in mind whene wrote this Be it as it may it remains a fact that it s always a good idea to read Hilton s prose His sharp character descriptions easy flowing and yet creative dialogues some twists and turns and the vivid colorful atmosphere isn t absent in this one as well It s not Crush It! his best but it is after all one of those enjoyable little books which like majority of detective stories are meant to be read rather than uoted. N the final pages of the novel Throughout the book an amateur sleuth and a Scotland Yard detective vie with each other to solve the riddle with only one of them successful in the en. D there is some concern that it may be than an accidentRevell spends some time there and gets the lay of the land but in the ende agrees that the mystery is not really a mystery and truly a simple accident But then the brother of the first victim turns up dead as wellA very interesting interesting read I didn t find it that suspenseful but the characters are interesting and the read is fun The backstory make it a must read An intriguing mystery by an author definitely NOT known for mysteries The title is definitely indicative of the kind of story IT IS WAS IT MURDER SUICIDE ACCIDENT AN ACCIDENT is was it murder Suicide Accident An accident to look like suicide or a suicide made to look like murder or a murder made to look like accident or a suicide You run amuck in piles of suspects and wade through theories up to your armpits The strong point is Mr Hilton s characters as in Attracting Birds to Your Backyard his other work Iad Deep Listening half figured out the solution just by following the if they didn t talk about it as a possibility it s probably whatappened rule of TV Entertaining but I didn t like the ending very much 4 stars for characters and plot 2 for the ending and 1 for the bad poetry sprinkled throughout It is a long time ago since I read this book but I recall it was one of very few books I could not put down once I started to read it From the beginning I could identify with the protagonist and the mystery at I started to read it From the beginning I could identify with the protagonist and the mystery at school grabbed my imagination I felt as if the writer Bird-by-Bird Gardening had written the story personally for me and thatas The Works of Saint Augustine happened with no other book ever I thoroughly enjoyed this novel the famous author s only foray into detection written originally as Glen TrevorHiltonad obviously read E C Bentley s Trent s Last Case and The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkeley as many of the elements of those famed tongue in cheek books are subtly guyed ere It is also interesting that neither the gifted amateur nor the Scotland Yard professionals cover themselves in glory since one gets it all wrong and the other nearly provokes a further crimeThis is not intended to be taken as seriously as some readers seem to do It is a piece of fun although the is very obvious to readers of GAD fiction the book is not to be dismissed for that reasonHighly entertaining and recommendable I liked it Wish e d written mysteries Well written interesting premise There is a reason that many of Hilton s books ave been made into movies He writes a darn good story Although this doesn t rank with Random Harvest and Lost Horizon it is a good read that is. Chool meet with two separate accidental deaths and curious ones at that within the same schoolyear In the manner typical of the Golden Age whodunnit the solution is only presented ,

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