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by Cyril Hare

Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Suspense and Thriller
Author: Cyril Hare
ISBN: 1842626582
ISBN13: 978-1842626580
Publisher: Dales Large Print; new ed of large print ed edition (April 15, 2009)
Pages: 280
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An English Murder (1951) was the sixth crime novel by "Cyril Hare", nom de plume of Alfred Gordon Clark, one of the most influential names in English "Golden Age" crime writing.

An English Murder (1951) was the sixth crime novel by "Cyril Hare", nom de plume of Alfred Gordon Clark, one of the most influential names in English "Golden Age" crime writing. Alfred Gordon Clark was a county judge when he wrote the novel.

An English Murder book. It is a beautiful read and I want to read the other crime books Cyril Hare wrote A perfect Christmas read here especially if you like the old school Christie type mysteries - it is also a short read which adds to the perfect Christmas read thing you can get through it over the holiday. An English country house, a gathering of family, then a MURDER.

Alfred Alexander Gordon Clark (4 September 1900 – 25 August 1958) was an English judge and crime writer under the pseudonym Cyril Hare. Gordon Clark's pseudonym was a mixture of Hare Court, where he worked in the chambers of Roland Oliver, and Cyril Mansions, Battersea, where he lived after marrying Mary Barbara Lawrence (see Lawrence baronets, Ealing Park) in 1933.

Cyril Hare was the Pseudonym for English judge and crime writer Alfred Alexander Gordon Clark. The only other Cyril Hare novel I have read is Tragedy at Law, which I can’t remember a thing about – but which has apparently never been out of print. Of that novel P D James wrote that it ‘is generally acknowledged to be the best detective story set in that fascinating world’. Warbeck Hall in the fictional county of Markshire is the setting for this well plotted Christmas mystery.

An English Murder is a crime novel novel by Cyril Hare

An English Murder is a crime novel novel by Cyril Hare. Published in 1951, it combines traits of classical Golden Age murder mystery – a group of guests in a snowed in country house – with the realities of post-war Britain. 1 List of characters.

In An English Murder, there are moments where English customs are gently laughed, such as when Hare is describing the reunion . I really enjoyed this book and it is probably one of my favourite Cyril Hare novels to date.

In An English Murder, there are moments where English customs are gently laughed, such as when Hare is describing the reunion between Robert and his father: ‘In any other European country, a reunion in such circumstances would have been signalised by an embrace. That was obviously out of the question. The killer was a good choice, which fooled me as I was thinking along different lines. The reason behind the crimes was also really clever.

An English Murder is a crime novel novel by Cyril Hare. Published in 1951, it combines traits of classical Golden Age murder mystery – a group of guests in a snowed in country house – with the realities of post-war Britain

An English Murder is a crime novel novel by Cyril Hare. The book was republished in 2017, with both Mark Lawson in The Guardian and Marcel Berlins in The Sunday Times listing it as one of the best crime novels of the year. In 2019 The Guardian included the novel in the list of Top 10 golden age detective novels.

A Very English Murder is a 1974 Soviet teleplay directed by Samson Samsonov, based on the novel An English Murder by Cyril Hare. Relatives and friends came to Lord Warbeck's family castle for Christmas. Suddenly, right during dinner, Robert Warbeck, the only son and heir of the old Lord, dies in front of the guests. Then Lord Warbeck himself

The snow is thick, the phone line is down, and no one is getting in or out of Warbeck Hall

The snow is thick, the phone line is down, and no one is getting in or out of Warbeck Hall. With friends and family gathered round the fire, all should be set for a perfect Christmas, but as the bells chime midnight, a mysterious murder takes place. Who can be responsible? The scorned young lover? The lord's passed-over cousin? The social climbing politician's wife? The Czech history professor? The obsequious butler? And perhaps the real question is: can any of them survive long enough to tell the tale?

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MrCat
Lord Warbeck, failing in health and nearly impoverished, wants his remaining family and close friends to come for a final Christmas. It is a very mixed group of people who arrive and there are undercurrents from the very first. Staying in the house with Lord Warbeck is Dr Bottwink, a Hungarian historian who is researching the Warbeck family, the oldest in the area; Sir Julius Warbeck, cousin of Lord Warbeck, and also Chancellor of the Exchequer; Lady Camilla Prendergast, an earl’s daughter and a distant connection through the late Lady Warbeck; Mrs Carstairs, daughter of a long-standing rector in the parish and wife of Alan, who is a rising star in government; Mr Robert Warbeck, son and heir of Lord Warbeck, with questionable political affiliations.

Also present is Briggs, the impeccable butler, and Rogers, a Sergeant of Special Branch and Sir Julius’ protection officer. Dr Bottwink is a delightful character and my favourite. He has been immersed in English history as he researches the Warbeck family and consequently knows a great deal more about English history than most English..

It is snowing as the guests arrive and by the morning of Christmas Eve, the grounds of Warbeck Hall are covered with snow that gets deeper as the day continues. By dinner-time on Christmas Eve the Hall is snowbound and the telephone lines are down, as they are in many parts of England. Christmas Eve dinner is not convivial and afterwards the guests head to the drawing room for the Christmas countdown, and one is dead before the clock finishes chiming. As the Hall is cut off, Rogers has to assume the role of investigating officer, a task he has become unaccustomed to since his transfer to the Diplomatic Protection Squad. The body count rises and the number of suspects shrinks.

There is subtle humour and gently mocking wit that seems to be a hallmark of this author’s style, which combined with diverse political views of the characters and a very ingenious plot, makes for an extremely readable and satisfying novel. The prose is well done, as is the dialogue and the use of language is first-rate. This one is a keeper for me.
Kuve
This book is the first I've read by Cyril Hare and I thought it was quite good. First published in 1951, the mystery is set at Christmas in the favorite site of British murder mysteries -- the large country home. A house party is snowbound and a murder, naturally!, ensues. I found the resolution of the mystery satisfying -- although, as with Christie's books, I didn't manage to guess the identity of the murder. The story moves at a brisk pace and is mercifully short -- 202 pages. I highly recommend it to fans of classic British mysteries.

I do have a couple of reservations and would give it 4 1/2 stars if half stars were allowed. The book was written at a time just after what's considered the Golden Age of British mysteries. So, rather than the country home being elegant with a full staff of servants, it's rather run-down with a greatly reduced staff -- the result of high postwar British income tax rates. Hare was, of course, merely reflecting conditions as they actually were in 1951, but I still prefer mysteries set during the interwar period. One other area where he falls short of Christie is not providing a character in whom the reader has a rooting interest. Often Christie would have in the story an appealing young woman or young couple involved with whom the reader could identify. None of the characters in this book really fits that role.

Still, if you like classic British mysteries, I doubt that this book will disappoint you.
Tehn
Hare's "An English Murder" is a superb crime story lightened by subtle humor. The real detective in the novel, Professor Bottwink, is a curious and engaging character, and the setting (both time and place--we're in post-WW II England) is critical to the story.
Love Me
Cyril Hare takes the classic ingredients of the English Manor House Mystery and makes them his own.

Family and intimate friends are invited to the hall for Christmas by the dying laird. As the politics of the times would have it, he will be the last to hold the title in the established tradition. This is causing strife of various kinds within the family and their close associates. The players assemble for a grim, dysfunctional Christmas with a stiff upper lip. As Christmas is rung in one of the family is murdered before the astonished eyes of family, guests and servants alike. A blizzard and blinding fog have isolated the manor and the telephone lines are cut. One of their party is a murderer, but which one? As the bodies keep piling up, this question becomes ever more relevant.

This mystery is set in the 1950's when death duties and higher taxes were taking a huge bite out of the aristocracy, already leaner from the sacrifices of the war. The aristocratic, middle class and working class characters are all pitch perfect for their period of overwhelming social change in the face of tradition. The clues to the mystery are present but subtle and the writing style and plotting style are a wonderful blend of cozy and procedural with the focus on the cozy. A sargeant from Scotland Yard is present, but the historian saves the day, with the help of William Pitt.

Classic English mystery from the end of the Golden Age and highly recommended. I will be seeking out more of Cyril Hare's books, the highest compliment of all.
Mr.Savik
What an awesome book this is, all Hare books need to be on kindle. The book I recieved is falling apart, it's very old, older than my mom I think by a few months. The story though, is just awesome, when his books hit kindle, read them. I'll buy the kindle version myself.
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