The Floating Admiral, Hardback
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Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, G.K. Chesterton and nine other writers from the legendary Detection Club collaborate in this fiendishly clever but forgotten crime novel first published 80 years ago.

Inspector Rudge does not encounter many cases of murder in the sleepy seaside town of Whynmouth.

But when an old sailor lands a rowing boat containing a fresh corpse with a stab wound to the chest, the Inspector's investigation immediately comes up against several obstacles.

The vicar, whose boat the body was found in, is clearly withholding information, and the victim's niece has disappeared.

There is clearly more to this case than meets the eye - even the identity of the victim is called into doubt.

Inspector Rudge begins to wonder just how many people have contributed to this extraordinary crime and whether he will ever unravel it...In 1931, Agatha Christie, Dorothy L.

Sayers and ten other crime writers from the newly-formed 'Detection Club' collaborated in publishing a unique crime novel.

In a literary game of consequences, each author would write one chapter, leaving G.K.

Chesterton to write a typically paradoxical prologue and Anthony Berkeley to tie up all the loose ends. In addition, each of the authors provided their own solution in a sealed envelope, all of which appeared at the end of the book, with Agatha Christie's ingenious conclusion acknowledged at the time to be 'enough to make the book worth buying on its own'.

The authors of this novel are: G. K. Chesterton, Canon Victor Whitechurch, G. D. H. Cole and Margaret Cole, Henry Wade, Agatha Christie, John Rhode, Milward Kennedy, Dorothy L.

Sayers, Ronald Knox, Freeman Wills Crofts, Edgar Jepson, Clemence Dane and Anthony Berkeley.

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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic crime
  • ISBN: 9780007414444

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This book was a collaborative effort by a number of great Golden Age detective story sleuths. Each of the 12 chapters are written by a different author, and each chapter is built upon the happenings in the preceeding one. The list of authors that contributed to this unique book is as follows: G. K. Chesterton, Canon Victor Whitechurch, G. D. H. Cole and Margaret Cole, Henry Wade, Agatha Christie, John Rhode, Milward Kennedy, Dorothy L. Sayers, Ronald Knox, Freeman Wills Crofts, Edgar Jepson, Clemence Dane and Anthony Berkeley. The book is a good example of the Golden Age detective story in many respects, but I found it a bit disjointed because of the number of authors. Of course I personally have a few favourites in this list, so I particularly enjoyed G.K. Chesterton's, Agatha Christie's, Dorothy L. Sayers', and Anthony Berkeley's submissions in the book. Anthony Berkeley did a nice job of tying up the loose ends at the end and pulling all the various story threads together into a nice package. The book begins with a dead admiral found floating in a boat on a local river. And Inspector Rudge is left with the task of trying to determine who killed him and why did the killer put him in a drifting boat. I liked Rudge. He's your typical dogged British police inspector, and although he appears to plod at times, he does get there in the end. The book was fun to read because of the collaboration. A pretty good example of good old Golden Age detective story writing.

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