PDF/EBOOK [Murder at School] BY James Hilton
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 ven though it was so glaringly obvious However this book was readable and humorous In some ways I njoyed it than I xpected to given my memory of Goodbye Mr Chips 12 stars An intriguing mystery by an author definitely NOT known for mysteries
The Title Is Definitely title is definitely of the kind of story it is was it murder Suicide Accident AN ACCIDENT MADE TO LOOK LIKE SUICIDE OR A accident made to look like suicide or a 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 his other work I had half figured out the solution just by following the if they didn t talk about it as a possibility it s probably what happened rule of TV Entertaining but I didn t like the nding very much 4 stars for characters and plot 2 for the nding and 1 for the bad poetry sprinkled throughout This was a frustrating whodunit Having spent years with the wisdom of Sherlock Holmes and 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 huge The Lady in Pink evidence after another to point to the actual culprit but our hero seems to go in all directions but the right one Maybe that was Hilton s purpose to show how dumb amateur detectives could beThe setting was good obviously Hilton has a partiality for old world British schools But the characters were not well fleshed out which meant that unlike his books of drama like Random 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 A fairly good read a mystery written the author under the pen name of Glen Trevor and before he would go on and write 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 returning his former public school in response to a uery by the headmaster There s been a death at the school and there is some concern that it may be than an accidentRevell spends some time there and gets the lay of the land but in thend he 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. 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 I thoroughly njoyed this novel the famous author s only foray into detection written originally as Glen TrevorHilton had obviously read E C Bentley s Trent s Last Case and The "Poisoned Chocolates Case By Anthony "Chocolates Case by Anthony as many of the lements of those famed tongue in cheek books are subtly guyed here 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 and although the perpetrator is very obvious to readers of GAD fiction the book is not to be dismissed for that reasonHighly ntertaining and recommendable James Hilton is now mostly forgotten author Was it Murder is his only detective story and a part of me isn t surprised Although he wrote novels centered on mysteries all his life most famous and beautiful one being his Himalayan masterpiece Lost Horizon he also sentenced himself on a spiral of being so profilic that he turned out to be predictable I knew the solution to the murder halfway through the book But then again detective stories are mostly about the setting English high 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 ngaging story That is after all what was most fun about this short novel the main character not only doesn t solve the murders he is a fool who falls for murderer s Sinner's Heart every trap until the proper Scotland Yard detective doesn t solve it for him Maybe that s the twist that Hilton had in mind when he 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 descriptionsasy flowing and yet creative dialogues some twists and turns and the vivid colorful atmosphere isn t absent flowing and yet creative dialogues some twists and turns and the vivid colorful atmosphere isn t absent this one as well It s not his best but it is after all one of those njoyable little books which like majority of detective stories are meant to be read rather than uoted 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 the school grabbed my imagination I felt as if the writer had written the story personally for me and that has happened with no other book ver This. A detective novel by James Hilton Murder at School deals with the phenomenon of coincidence by posing the uestion of how likely it is that two brothers attending the same boarding .
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 There is a reason that many of Hilton s books have 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 delightfully British Colin Revell is an old boy of Oakington School and when an unexplained death takes place there the headmaster Dr Rosaveare calls him in to investigate as Revell who is a novelist is also known as an amateur sleuthIt is one of the students who has died seemingly accidentally that lead to the headmaster inviting Revell but after undertaking some investigations and coming to no firm conclusions he
IS DISMISSED AS THE HEADMASTER DECIDESdismissed as the headmaster decides there is no mystery surrounding the death it is deemed to be accidentalHowever when a second suspicious death occurs the headmaster decides not to call in Revell but the latter takes it upon himself to return to Oakington as he is indeed suspicious about the death Eventually Detective Inspector Guthrie is called in from Scotland Yard and while he takes the the lead in the investigation Revell continues his own nuires 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 the headmaster persuades Revell to remain for the remaining few weeks of the term and act as his personal secretary and headmaster persuades Revell to remain for the remaining few weeks of the term and act as his personal secretary and gives Revell chance to investigate further At one point he feels that he has worked out what has happened but then another death occurs and throws the whole pisode into utter confusion While this is going on there is an interlude of love interest as Revell discovers that he has an attraction to one of the master s Wives And The Pair Of Them Become and the pair of them become friendly a fact that upsets the master greatly and which later has significant implicationsAfter much intrigue and an attempt on Revell s life the mysteries are solved and in a rather surprising turn of A Vineyard Christmas events Guthrie returns to take the credit something that is not particularly appreciated by Revell who later returns to London to write up hisxperiences both in prose and verse Murder At School is James Hilton at his best with the schoolmaster characters somewhat reminiscent of similar characters in his Een Bijzondere Vorm Van Osteosclerose euallyxcellent Goodbye Mr Chips I liked it Wish he d written mysteries Well written interesting premis. N the final pages of the novel Throughout the book an amateur sleuth and a Scotland Yard detective vie with ach other to solve the riddle with only one of them successful in the n.