Us death occurs the headmaster decides not to call in Revell but the latter takes it upon himself to return to Oakington as he is indeed takes it upon himself to return to Oakington as he is indeed about the death Eventually Detective Inspector Guthrie is called in from Scotland Yard and while he takes the the lead in the investigation Revell continues his own nuires 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 left 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 Cabaret: A Roman Riddle episode into utter confusion While this is going on there is an interlude of love 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 later has significant implicationsAfter much intrigue and an attempt on Revell s life the mysteries are solved and in a rather surprising turn ofvents Guthrie returns to take the credit something that is not particularly appreciated by Revell who later returns to London to write up his xperiences 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 ually xcellent Goodbye Mr Chips. N the final pages of the novel Throughout the book an amateur sleuth and a Scotland Yard detective vie with ach other to solve the riddle with only one of them successful in the n. ,
I thoroughly njoyed this novel the famous author s only foray into detection Written Originally As Glen originally as Glen had obviously read E C Bentley s Trent s Last #Case and The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkeley as many of the lements of those # and The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkeley as many of the lements of those tongue in cheek books are subtly guyed here It is 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 ntertaining and recommendable It is a long 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 ver 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 look like suicide or a suicide made to look like murder or a murder made to look like 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 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 .
He if they didn t talk about it as a Possibility It S Probably What Happened Rule Of TV Entertaining it s probably what happened rule of TV Entertaining I didn t like the The Mephisto Threat (Paul Tallis ending very much 4 stars for characters and plot 2 for thending and 1 for the bad poetry sprinkled throughout 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 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 the lay of the land but in the nd he agrees that the mystery is 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
the read is The backstory make it a must read Colin Revell is an old boy of Oakington School and when an unexplained death takes place there 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 lead 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 suspicio. 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 presentedAnd The Read Is