Hamlet, Revenge! An Inspector Appleby Mystery by Michael Innes Ipso Books General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers Pub Date 17 Jul 2017
Literate and well researched, Hamlet, Revenge is both entertaining and intellectually stimulating. The large cast of characters is well developed, as is necessary for a character driven mystery. It isn’t your average manor house mystery by any means.
At the vast Seamnum Court, an amateur performance of Hamlet with a cast of scholars, politicians, aristocrats, bohemians and one singular actor is being staged. Anyone who is anyone plans to attend. But a glittering performance is marred, first by odd threats quoting Shakespeare, then by the murder of the Duke of Horton. Inspector Appleby is tasked with the investigation, not only because the Duke was so esteemed but also because in his care was a document which foreign spies would desperately like to get their hands on. Was the murder for personal reasons, or was he killed for the document? The question is a troubling one, especially when matters are complicated by another murder. The suspects are numerous.
Hamlet, Revenge is a bit slow going at times, but it is exceedingly well crafted. Originally published before 1940, it stands the test of time quite well.
4 / 5
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Description A vast and glittering party, attended by the pinnacles of society, is held at the expansive Seamnum Court. The high-profile guests mill about the sweeping estate. All is pleasant and cordial. Or is it? As the guests prepare for their amateur production of Hamlet, thinly veiled threats are secretly delivered among attendees. As tensions mount, the Duke of Horton, The Lord Chancellor of England, is killed during his portrayal of Polonius. With the spectre of war looming, it seems that espionage may be afoot. The Prime Minister dispatches Inspector John Appleby to investigate. But within hours of Appleby’s arrival, he has another body on his hands. Acting on orders, Appleby attempts to locate a sensitive government document. But as he searches for clues, he finds he may be stuck in a calculated game of personal vengeance. In this closed quarters party, Appleby must unearth the motive to find the killer with a deadly grudge.