Death at the President's Lodging

Death at the President's Lodging

Michael Innes / Jan 24, 2020

Death at the President s Lodging Inspector Appleby is called to St Anthony s College where the President has been murdered in his Lodging Scandal abounds when it becomes clear that the only people with any motive to murder him are t

  • Title: Death at the President's Lodging
  • Author: Michael Innes
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  • Page: 384
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  • Inspector Appleby is called to St Anthony s College, where the President has been murdered in his Lodging Scandal abounds when it becomes clear that the only people with any motive to murder him are the only people who had the opportunity because the President s Lodging opens off Orchard Ground, which is locked at night, and only the Fellows of the College have keys.

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      • Michael Innes

        Michael Innes was the pseudonym of John Innes MacKintosh J.I.M Stewart J.I.M Stewart He was born in Edinburgh, and educated at Edinburgh Academy and Oriel College, Oxford He was Lecturer in English at the University of Leeds from 1930 1935, and spent the succeeding ten years as Jury Professor of English at the University of Adelaide, South Australia He returned to the United Kingdom in 1949, to become a Lecturer at the Queen s University of Belfast In 1949 he became a Student Fellow of Christ Church, Oxford, becoming a Professor by the time of his retirement in 1973 As J.I.M Stewart he published a number of works of non fiction, mainly critical studies of authors, including Joseph Conrad and Rudyard Kipling, as well as about twenty works of fiction and a memoir, Myself and Michael Innes As Michael Innes, he published numerous mystery novels and short story collections, most featuring the Scotland Yard detective John Appleby.


    1. This is the first Inspector John Appleby mystery, set firmly within the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, both in terms of period and style. Dr Josiah Umpleby, President of St Anthony's College, has been shot and Inspector Appleby is sent to help local authority, Inspector Dodd, discover the murderer. The mystery is very much an academic exercise, with Appleby outlining possible suspects, motives and methods. Of course, there are many red herrings and much confusion, involving professional argume [...]

    2. 3.5 stars. Cerebrally enjoyable, university setting was well-done, but characters were not stand-outs. Felt more like pieces of a puzzle to be moved around, and denouement fell flat, felt incomplete. Innes wrote a plethora of Sir John Appleby books, will try another to see if he improves. I want to like them, find another vein of Golden Era detective fiction.

    3. I simply Kant take any moreWhen Dr Umpleby, the President of prestigious and ancient St Anthony's College, is found murdered, Inspector Appleby of the Yard is rushed to the spot, as the local plods will clearly not be well educated or cultured enough to deal with such a sensitive affair. Fortunately Appleby can quote major and minor philosophers with the best of them and has more than a passing knowledge of all the arcane subjects covered in a classical Oxbridge education, all of which will no d [...]

    4. Audiobook - 9:05 - Narrator: Stephen Hogan2.5 stars out of 5.0Published in 1936, the first Sir John Appleby murder mystery is set in a fictitious Oxford college. Inspector Appleby was not a knight at the time of writing, so plain Inspector Appleby was brought in from The Yard to assist a local Inspector with the rather dull name of Dodd to solve the crime for which there were, in the end, six (I think) suspects, all of them academics. Very British, with the required plummy accents and Dons, Dean [...]

    5. Death at the President’s Lodging introduces readers to Inspector Appleby, at this point a young but rising detective with Scotland Yard. He is sent into the medieval confines of a (fictional) Oxford college, where the president has been murdered in his own study. Early on it becomes clear that the murderer is most likely one of the president’s colleagues, and in fact most of the investigation takes place, claustrophobically enough, within the walled confines of the college. (We do get to esc [...]

    6. Πολύ παλιό πια και οχι και τόσο κλασικό. Ευχάριστο όμως ανάγνωσμα.

    7. I have trouble with mysteries that start with a map of the premises. It's usually an early warning sign that events are going to be confusing, and the first Appleby mystery is no exception. Don't expect a synopsis of the action, because I found it confusing and hard to follow, not only because of the red herrings, crosses and double crosses, but because of the narration itself. In his first book, Innes seems to partake of the rarified atmosphere of Oxbridge academia to the point of being almost [...]

    8. February 2017 -- I found this less slow this time around and more fun!Review from March 2013:Seven Suspects is the American title of Michael Innes' first Inspector Appleby book Death at the President's Lodging. The murder of a university president forms the basis of this version of a locked room mystery.I found the beginning slow going, mostly due to Innes' style of prose. However, once I became accustomed to the style & the plot began to unfold, the story quickly engrossed me. I don't think [...]

    9. First published in 1937, this is Michael Innes's first detective novel. This shows; it's certainly not a classic like Hamlet, Revenge! or Christmas at Candleshoe and, although it's still enjoyable in parts, it does begin to drag quite badly.The plot, as may be imagined from the title, revolves around the murder of the President of a fictitious Oxford College. The circumstances are contrived, to say the least, but Innes notes this with some dry remarks from his protagonists and to begin with it's [...]

    10. Este es un libro que disfruté pero entiendo que quien no sea tan aficionado al género policíaco clásico, pueda resultarle algo pesado? máxime si se tratara de un primer acercamiento a un típico caso de asesinado de habitación cerrada, aquí un College, porque en Muerte en la rectoría, aparecen en el final de la resolución de la investigación, tantos implicados que puede llegar a parecer enrevesado, pero no por ello carente de lógica. Me ha gustado la escritura elegante de Innes (pudie [...]

    11. Sadly did not appeal to me. I found it very dry and not enough to keep me interested in the characters. Will have to try another to see if it was just this particular story.

    12. This is the start of a very long classic detective series, revolving around an Inspector Appleby. I couldn't really keep my interest in it. While I think the audiobook narrator contributed to this, the story just felt bogged down and wordy. It did pick up toward the end, and I think the denouement was meant to be comedic, but I probably won't go on with this series.If not for a reference to Mae West and two lines from a laundress, this book would appear to exist in a world without women.Content [...]

    13. I could have wished for a bit more drawing out of these characters, particularly because the suspects were all of a similar type and therefore a bit difficult to keep straight. Good fun, otherwise, though; the prose is intelligent and there is even a surprisingly effective streak of humor running throughout. I particularly enjoyed the denouement as the intelligence and quick-thinking qualities of the suspects were brought into play. Plausible? No, but who reads mysteries like these for their pla [...]

    14. In Death at the President’s Lodging Innes (as I shall continue to call him now) created an intricately plotted mystery – the full solution to which I would say is fairly impossible to work out. The atmosphere of a 1930’s male dominated world of fusty academics is brilliantly re-created here. There are more than a few references to ancient and classical academic study that were a little over my head I confess – but certainly help to set the novel and the characters in the context of their [...]

    15. England and the golden age of crime writing called me. I remembered Michael Innes. I read, and liked, one of his books a few years ago but I had never got round to reading another one. Surely it was time.I picked up the first Inspector Appleby mystery, Death at the President’s Lodging.I knew from the opening paragraph what I could expect: a classic mystery, shot through with intelligence and wit.“An academic life, Dr Johnson observed, puts one little in the way of extraordinary casualties. T [...]

    16. Winter is the perfect time to read the British murder mystery novels, though I have always wondered why this genre is so popular in England. What is this fascination with cold blooded murders in closed country houses? In The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, Kate Summerscale explains how the murder at the Road Hill house caught the nations fancy and inspired an entire generation of literature and must have laid the foundation for the Golden Age of the detective fiction and some of the first detectives [...]

    17. A wonderful example of a classic Golden Age detective novel, intelligent and witty, making smart use of the conventions and artificialities of the genre.

    18. #1 in the John Appleby series. This 1936 debut was written by an Oxford graduate, who eventually retired from the English faculty at Oxford. The academic background shows. This is a very intelligent novel of an exceptionally educated police inspector investigating the murder of the college president. In the tradition of the referenced "manor house in a snowstorm" mystery, the murder takes place in a closed system with a limited number of possible suspects.The erudite 1936 writing style takes som [...]

    19. From the back of the book: At St. Anthony's College, Inspector John Appley must contend with academic intrigues, scholarly scandals, and one very clever killer. Murder in the sanctity of an english university was bad enough; but such a vulgar, ungentlemanly murder--bones scattered about the room, a grotesque drawing of grinning death's-heads scrawled on the wall, and poor President Umpleby's head wrapped in an academic robe--was a serious blot on the college's reputation. In this complex and bri [...]

    20. I had just finished an Agatha Christie novel before reading this. I read this as it was on a list of classic mysteries. I have to say it was very good, absorbing, fast paced, and kept me guessing. My only detraction, thus the four star, was that it was almost too challenging a book for enjoyment purposes. I felt slightly tired by the end. I am sure there are many that would love keeping track of the minutiae in order to solve the crime, however I found it a little confusing. Not enough, however, [...]

    21. The first of what would become several Inspector Appleby mysteries, These novels by Innes are erudite and feature literary references many of which I did not get but I enjoyed being in such deep water. This one in particular shows a deep investigation into the human psyche. While meant as a fun mystery it is does not shy away from examining the psychology of a murderer.

    22. Couldn't decide between a two or a three star rating for this book. The mystery is complex which is enjoyable but the story didn't really hit the spot with me. However, I enjoyed the way it came together at the end.

    23. This book did not appeal to me, although I really hoped it would. It surely is intelligently written. It is a golden age mystery favorite! It is set in the academic world, which I work in (as junior manager) and I just cannot resist any work that takes a humorously cynical view on it. It is also teeming with literary and psychological references. I thoroughly enjoyed the night time stalking about scene and giggled many times (up to chapter 10).YetThe heralded detective brought in from London did [...]

    24. When I first read this, fifty years ago, I thought this novel was brilliant. On this reading, my third, I think, I was not so impressed.It is just TOO clever for its own good, too playful, too concerned to toy around with the genre-not a closed room mystery but essentially a very restricted access college problem.Appleby, the dons, and the undergrads, talk too much and do too much. Everyone suspects someone and either wants to peg the crime firmly on them or make sure they are not suspected. Wha [...]

    25. An Interesting and Intriguing Mystery, HoweverWhile I enjoy reading good descriptive prose, Mr. Innes' use of archaic and pedantic language, as well as extremely verbose descriptions unfortunately bored me. I read the entire book because I wanted to know which person was the murderer. I pride myself somewhat on having a large vocabulary and read voraciously, but I constantly read words in this story that I've never read in 60 years. About two thirds through the book, editing failed for several s [...]

    26. I found this read very slow going. The murder was one of those all doors closed and barred. On top of it all very few people had keys. Then again the murdered President of the College changed the keys one day before he was killed but again limited few given keys. How did the murderer execute this very dramatic murder? Everyone of his colleagues seem to have a watertight alibi and those who do not, do not have any grudge or reason to get rid of the President. He was a crusty curmudgeon but they a [...]

    27. It's a lovely puzzle, but truth be told: it's a bit old-fashioned, long sentences, lots of characters, an intricate plot and all set in an English university, so I was a bit mystified by various customs which I had to stop and research because it seemed to be crucial: for example "proctoring" which I understand to oversee an exam, but in this setting involved people following other people in the middle of the night, switching robes and whatnot. (And THAT was all one sentence. You see what I mean [...]

    28. I enjoy an archaic mystery from time to time, and the language in this book was fabulous. It was dense yet terse. I found myself rereading long sentences to unwind them, but pleasurably. However, the plot was so contrived that I felt like I was reading only for the language. Unlike Agatha Christie, there were no clues dropped along the way to intrigue the reader. The plot developed only as the secretive, lying characters revealed hidden information. 2.5 stars

    29. I think it was simply that this book was written so long ago, between the classism and sexism so blatantly displayed and the fact that it read more like a logic puzzle I had to try to keep track of than a book with character development and motive, it was not my jam.

    30. One of the most ludicrous mysteries I've read in a long time - it reminded me of Cluedo, but was much less fun. A pity, because a later mystery The Bloody Wood is actually pretty decent.

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