Close Quarters



⚣ [PDF] ✅ Close Quarters By Michael Gilbert ✰ – E17streets4all.co.uk Although it was first published in , Gilbert began this novel in the years immediately before World War II and didn t finish it until he returned from active duty Set behind the walls of the residenti Although it was first published in , Gilbert began this novel in the years immediately before World War II and didn t finish it until he returned from active duty Set behind the walls of the residential Close of Melchester Cathedral, it s a classic British mystery in which a young Scotland Yard detective is asked to interrupt his holiday to find out if the accidental death of Canon Whyte was indeed an accident.Close Quarters

Librarian Note There isthan one author in the Goodreads database with this nameBorn in Lincolnshire in , Michael Francis Gilbert was educated in Sussex before entering the University of London where he gained an LLB with honours in Gilbert was a founding member of the British Crime Writers Association, and in he was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America an achievement many thought long overdue He won the Life Achievement Anthony Award at the Boucheron in London, and in he was knighted as a Commander in the Order of the British Empire Gilbert made his debut in with Close Quarters, and since then has become recognized as one of our most versatile British mystery writersHe was the father of Harriett Gilbert.

Close Quarters Kindle ò Paperback
  • Paperback
  • 190 pages
  • Close Quarters
  • Michael Gilbert
  • English
  • 11 January 2019
  • 160187006X

10 thoughts on “Close Quarters

  1. says:

    An excellent closed community mystery The evidence of vice and virtue are not confined to famous accomplishments often some trivial event, a word, a joke, will serve better than great campaigns as a revelation of character Plutarch Under the normal headings of motives and methods Pollock could find little to help himAnyway, motive was likely to prove a broken reed in a case like thisObsession Mania complexes of all sortswas difficult to diagnose in practicedifficult still t An excellent closed community mystery The evidence of vice and virtue are not confined to famous accomplishments often some trivial event, a word, a joke, will serve better than great campaigns as a revelation of character Plutarch Under the normal headings of motives and methods Pollock could find little to help himAnyway, motive was likely to prove a broken reed in a case like thisObsession Mania complexes of all sortswas difficult to diagnose in practicedifficult still to detect The most saintly countenance might mask a seething fury of inhibitions The most ordinary looking breast pocket might contain a poison pen As a rough plan of campaign Pollock felt that the first thing to do was to obtain the Fingerprints of every resident in the Close and send them to London with the Dean s anonymous letter for expert scrutiny.

  2. says:

    Gilbert s first mystery has a few problems of construction action is definitely poorly paced, and the second half of the mystery totally unexpected not really in a good way Also, there are like 50 very similar characters suspects so that by the end I just gave up trying to remember if the person was a verger or a canon or choral whatever and just let it flow over me It flows pretty smoothly, though, and the Inspector is rather a pleasant character, so that I didn t even get mad that a whole Gilbert s first mystery has a few problems of construction action is definitely poorly paced, and the second half of the mystery totally unexpected not really in a good way Also, there are like 50 very similar characters suspects so that by the end I just gave up trying to remember if the person was a verger or a canon or choral whatever and just let it flow over me It flows pretty smoothly, though, and the Inspector is rather a pleasant character, so that I didn t even get mad that a whole chapter is a cryptic crossword Looking forward to finding others in the series

  3. says:

    It s 1937 Residents of the Melchester Cathedral Close are receiving poison pen letters, and the Dean asks his nephew, Sergeant Pollock of Scotland Yard, to investigate When one of the vergers is found dead, Pollock calls in Inspector Hazelrigg, his superior and a brilliant detective.This first novel is written in a classic British style, with clear but well hidden clues, diagrams, and even a crossword puzzle.

  4. says:

    A wonderful older murder mystery published in 1947, the setting probably based on Salisbury Cathedral as the author was a schoolmaster in Salisbury when he wrote this first novel in 1938 It is atmospheric, intelligent, peopled with truly interesting members and residents of the Close There are anonymous letters and a general campaign against the oldest canon of the Close, carefully executed by someone with enough malice that the concerned Dean invites his nephew Sargent Bobby Pollock who is at A wonderful older murder mystery published in 1947, the setting probably based on Salisbury Cathedral as the author was a schoolmaster in Salisbury when he wrote this first novel in 1938 It is atmospheric, intelligent, peopled with truly interesting members and residents of the Close There are anonymous letters and a general campaign against the oldest canon of the Close, carefully executed by someone with enough malice that the concerned Dean invites his nephew Sargent Bobby Pollock who is attached to Scotland Yard for a visit On the morning after Pollock s first night in Melchester a body is discovered, the victim of the smear campaign Pollock calls in Chief Inspector Hazlerigg to assist in the investigation and before they can uncover the truth others will die

  5. says:

    There s trouble at Melchester cathedral, but fortunately the Dean has a young nephew who s at Scotland Yard Who better to unofficially look into the anonymous letters that have attacked the senior verger So Bobby Pollock comes to Melchester in time to meet the case of characters before the verger is found dead Then Inspector Hazlerigg joins him, and they begin to interview the clerical company There s a clue in a crossword puzzle, in clothing that s too wet and a hat that s too dry, and in a There s trouble at Melchester cathedral, but fortunately the Dean has a young nephew who s at Scotland Yard Who better to unofficially look into the anonymous letters that have attacked the senior verger So Bobby Pollock comes to Melchester in time to meet the case of characters before the verger is found dead Then Inspector Hazlerigg joins him, and they begin to interview the clerical company There s a clue in a crossword puzzle, in clothing that s too wet and a hat that s too dry, and in a strange handwritten note I ve labeled this historical since it is set pre World War II and written after the war

  6. says:

    The book is set in and around Melchester cathedral close A year before the book opens the unfortunate Canon Whyte fell from the roof and was killed His death seems to be casting a long shadow still There has been a spate of anonymous letters sent to people living in the close and graffiti has been appearing on walls casting aspersions on the quality of the head verger s work Appledown is not popular but the Dean has no real complaints about the standard of the work Then a murder takes pla The book is set in and around Melchester cathedral close A year before the book opens the unfortunate Canon Whyte fell from the roof and was killed His death seems to be casting a long shadow still There has been a spate of anonymous letters sent to people living in the close and graffiti has been appearing on walls casting aspersions on the quality of the head verger s work Appledown is not popular but the Dean has no real complaints about the standard of the work Then a murder takes place and Inspector Hazlerigg is called in from Scotland Yard to investigate At first it seems as though there are just too many suspects and that everyone could be lying about something But Hazlerigg is nothing is not persistent and the murderer is eventually tracked down This is the first book I ve read by Michael Gilbert and it won t be the last I loved the descriptions of people and places and there is plenty of humour in the book I loved the episode in which a suspect is followed by one of Hazlerigg s team which reminded me of Bunter s efforts at following the murderer in Dorothy L Sayers Have His Carcase The end of the chase is priceless and one of the best scenes in the book This book has stood the test of time extremely well and I recommend it to anyone who loves Golden Age crime fiction and to anyone who wants to try it for the first time

  7. says:

    Kes dekkarit jatkuvat, ja t m olikin sitten jo tosissaan nostalgista menoa englantilaisella maaseudulla maailmansotien v lisen aikana Mysteerikin on aluksi varsin leppoisa, selvitell n katedraalin alueella levi vi h v istyskirjeit ja ilkivaltaa, mutta varsin pian tapahtuu murha, eik uhri j viimeiseksi Samalla kaivaudutaan syvemm lle kaniikkien ja suntioiden molempia on katedraalissa useampi sun muiden kirkonmiesten v lisiin kaunoihin ja menneisyyden salaisuuksiin Meno on leppe n al Kes dekkarit jatkuvat, ja t m olikin sitten jo tosissaan nostalgista menoa englantilaisella maaseudulla maailmansotien v lisen aikana Mysteerikin on aluksi varsin leppoisa, selvitell n katedraalin alueella levi vi h v istyskirjeit ja ilkivaltaa, mutta varsin pian tapahtuu murha, eik uhri j viimeiseksi Samalla kaivaudutaan syvemm lle kaniikkien ja suntioiden molempia on katedraalissa useampi sun muiden kirkonmiesten v lisiin kaunoihin ja menneisyyden salaisuuksiin Meno on leppe n alkuun n hden v lill yll tt v nkin vauhdikasta takaa ajoineen ja varjostuksineen, ja ruumiitakin tosiaan tulee useampi Henkil it on aika paljon ja osa j v ist m tt sivuun, mutta useimmille saadaan hyvin luotua ainakin karrikoitu persoonallisuus, ja vanhan ajan mallin herraskainen kirkollinen yhteis on milj n kiinnostava Kirjan alussa on my s nimilista, josta huonomuistisempi voi tarkistaa kuka kukin on Etsiv hahmot j v t eksentrisi pappismiehi tavanomaisemmiksi, mutta ilmeisesti t m onkin vasta ensimm inen osa sarjaa joten hahmoilla on viel aikaa kehitty

  8. says:

    Technically well done, but suffers from the problem that puzzle mysteries often suffer from because it relies entirely on the puzzle, there s no real sense of the suspects as suspects And, conversely, it s solvable based on the conventions of the puzzle mystery.I think puzzle mysteries really only work for me when adapted as shows Having the thing acted out tends to paper over the flaws and bring humanity, I guessto the stories.

  9. says:

    This is, I believe, the first novel in a long and extremely successful career, and it is outstanding There is a huge cast of characters, most of them called Canon While I needed to keep a reference list, Mr.Gilbert had no problems keeping his many characters distinct and straight He makes writing a complex story seem easy.

  10. says:

    As Michael Gilbert said of his first book It s a little busy But charming, nevertheless There s a cast of characters to help you keep track of who s who, a map of the close, and even a crossword puzzle for you to solve or not.

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