- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Hachette India Local (5 July 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9350099594
- ISBN-13: 978-9350099599
- Product Dimensions: 20 x 14 x 4 cm
- Customer Reviews: 56 customer ratings
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- #13047 in Crime, Thriller & Mystery (Books)
The Floating Admiral Paperback – 5 July 2015
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I found this entertaining reading and enjoyed trying to work out what had happened and who was responsible for. Does it work as a who done it? Yes in my opinion and Anthony Berkeley's solution is masterly. Some of the other authors involved also offered possible solutions which some readers may favour.
If you want to try something different in crime fiction then this is worth a try. There is also a modern collaborative novel called The Sinking Admiral written by modern members of the Detection Club which shows that even though crime fiction has a much wider range of sub genres today a collaboration can still work.
The story sees Admiral Penistone (I wonder why he was named after the South Yorkshire town...) found dead in a boat floating in a Dorset river, whilst the peculiar vicar, his niece, various neighbours and distant aquaintances all come into the frame. It's convoluted in the best way of a detective mystery.
The story generally works as a whole, though the writing styles can be markedly different form one chapter to the next. Some are briliant, some drag a little but on the whole the story cracks on.
The best chapters in my opinion belong to Canon Victor L. Whitechurch's opener and Agatha Christie's all too short offering half way through. Agatha Christie's suggested solution at the end is also the most ingenious and entertaining, it's a shame she didn't write the whole book on this basis!
Very enjoyable. The clues can be followed and pieced together in the best tradition, and there are still twists and surprises. An unusual set up, with a few shaky moments but on the whole a success.
the English language had subtle meanings ? Poetry all the way.
I have gone to buy the whole set.
Seems our future is our past.