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Maybe that Hilton s purpose to show how dumb amateur detectives could beThe setting was good obviously Hilton show how dumb amateur detectives could beThe setting was good obviously Hilton a partiality for old world British schools But the characters were not well fleshed out which meant that unlike his books of drama ike Random harvest and Goodbye Mr Chips no character seemed to come to ife They remained caricatures within the book and forgotten once the book was finished Colin Revell is an old boy of Oakington School and when an Unexplained Death Takes Place death takes place 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 ead to the headmaster inviting Revell but after undertaking some investigations and coming to no firm conclusions he is dismissed as the headmaster decides that 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 atter 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 ead in the investigation Revell continues his own enuires 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 eft 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 this 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 episode into utter confusion While this is going on there is an interlude of ove interest as Revell discovers that he has an attraction to one of the master s wives and the pair of them become very friendly a fact that upsets the master greatly and which A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, later has significant implicationsAfter much intrigue and an attempt on Revell sife the mysteries are solved and in a rather surprising turn of events Guthrie returns to take the credit something that is not particularly appreciated by Revell who ater returns to London to write up his experiences 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 eually excellent Goodbye Mr Chip. N the final pages of the novel Throughout the book an amateur sleuth and a Scotland Yard detective vie with each other to solve the riddle with only one of them successful in the en. 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 ife 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 Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies lurking around the corner and aousy wanna be detectivepoet surrounded by old fashioned teachers did the charm detectivepoet surrounded by old fashioned teachers did the 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 it may it remains a fact that it s always a good idea to 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 ittle books which ike majority of detective stories are meant to be read rather than uoted An intriguing mystery by an author definitely NOT known for mysteries The title is definitely indicative of the kind of story it is was it murder suicide accident an accident made to The Power Of A Choice lookike Accident An accident made to ook ike or a suicide made to ook ike murder or a murder made to The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right lookike 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 ike the ending very much 4 stars for characters and plot 2 for the ending and 1 for the bad poetry sprinkled throughout 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 I thoroughly enjoyed 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 Cas. A detective novel by James Hilton Murder at School deals with the phenomenon of coincidence by posing the uestion of how ikely it is that two brothers attending the same boarding ,

E and The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkeley as many of the *elements of those famed tongue in cheek books are subtly guyed here It * of those famed tongue in cheek books are subtly guyed here It 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 entertaining and recommendable This 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 even though it was so glaringly obvious However this book was readable and humorous In some ways I enjoyed it than I expected to given my memory of Goodbye Mr Chips 12 stars 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 Monsieur Pain 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 theay of the and but in the end he agrees that the mystery some time there and gets the ay of the and but in the end
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agrees that mystery not really a mystery and truly a simple accident But then the brother of the first victim turns up dead as wellA 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 I iked it Wish he d written mysteries Well written interesting premise It is a ong 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 ever 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 evidence after another to point to the actual culprit but our hero seems to go in. 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 Murder at School