The Secret Vanguard : Inspector Appleby

  • by Michael Innes
  • Narrated by Matt Addis
  • Series: Inspector Appleby
  • 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Successful minor poet, Philip Ploss, lives a peaceful existence in ideal surroundings, until his life is upset when he hears verses erroneously quoted as his own. Soon afterwards, he is found dead in the library with a copy of Dante's Purgatory open before him.

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A period piece, and excellent

I have to say, first of all, that Michael Innes has always been one of my favourite mystery writers. Dorothy Sayers, Innes, Crispin and a few others, and I'm not so fond of Agatha Christie.

There's a strong and intelligent heroine, a not-quite-stereotypical American and an intense spy story. The mystery isn't too mysterious, but once you're caught up in it, you don't really care.

The reading is good, too, with the characters well-deliniated and the tension maintained. I recommend this highly.
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- BreadintheBone

Shades of John Buchan

This is an adventure book rather than a detective book. Most gripping in the first half, the story suffered from too much adventure which became far fetched in the last third of the book. Nevertheless a pleasant read. As always Michael Innes writes well and evocatively of the country around - this time of the Highlands of Scotland.
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- Ginger

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-09-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios