(E–book/E–pub) [Murder at School] by James Hilton
review á eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ☆ James HiltonI liked it Wish he d written mysteries Well written interesting premise There is a eason that many of Hilton s books have been made into movies He writes a darn good story Although this doesn t ank with Random Harvest and Lost Horizon it is a good ead that is delightfully British 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 ight from the word go As the book went on Hilton appeared to be throwing one huge evidence after another to point "TO THE ACTUAL CULPRIT BUT OUR HERO SEEMS TO "the actual culprit but our hero seems to in all directions but the ight 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 emained caric. 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 Atures within the book and forgotten once the "WAS THIS WAS A WELL CONSTRUCTED MYSTERY "finished This was not a well constructed mystery all I usually don try to solve mysteries while I ead 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 even though it was so glaringly obvious However this book was eadable and humorous In some ways I enjoyed it than I expected to given my memory of Goodbye Mr Chips 12 stars 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. 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 School as one was particularly efreshing Stormy nights in the "Dorm Death Around The Corner And A Lousy Wanna "death lurking around the and a lousy wanna 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 engaging 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 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 that Hilton had in mind when he wrote this Be it as may it emains a fact that it s always a good idea to The Devil's Snake Curve: A Fan's Notes From Left Field read Hilton s prose His sharp character descriptions easy flowing and yet creative dialogues some twists and turns and the vivid colorful atmosphere isn t absent in this one as well It s not his best but it is after all one of those enjoyable little books which like majority of detective stories are meant to beead The March Up: Taking Baghdad with the 1st Marine Division rather than uoted. N the final pages of the novel Throughout the book an amateur sleuth and a Scotland Yard detective vie with each other to solve theiddle with only one of them successful in the en.