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  1. Death of Jezebel (The Inspector Cockrill Mysteries Book 4)
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  2. Death of Jezebel (The Inspector Cockrill Mysteries Book 4)

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Death of Jezebel, an Inspector Cockrill mystery

“This is a locked-room mystery with a difference, and what a difference it is!”—The New York Times
“Cannily plotted and actionful.”—The Saturday Review of Literature

Isabel Drew had done her best in life to live up to her nickname, Jezebel. Sadly, someone believes her efforts insufficient and helps her off the balcony of a theater castle tower. It was a seemingly impossible crime; the culprit escapes detection even though the act is committed before eleven knights on horseback and an entire audience of witnesses.

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Cockie’s brown fingers played with his cigarette. “This is a projection of the ‘sealed room’ mystery. The scene of the murder was bounded on one side by a stage, under the observation of several thousand pairs of eyes; and on the other by a locked door, with somebody sitting on guard on the other side of it. The murderer must have been within these confines. And the place is as bare as a biscuit box, so that there is nowhere where he can possibly have hidden, or remain hidden.

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Christianna Brand
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St. Swithin Press
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St. Swithin Press
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I'm a Christianna Brand fan, but this is not her best book. Normally I enjoy her sparkling wit, but it's pretty much missing here. In fact, several times I found myself rereading a paragraph, trying to figure out what the heck she was trying to say, and failing. It's like she was in a blue funk when she wrote this one. The mystery is by the numbers, with more false endings than were strictly necessary, though Brand tended to do that.

The plot revolves around revenge for the suicide of a popular young man after he is betrayed by his fiance. That situation is interesting, but the action of the novel, taking place during some kind of convention or trade show, was very confusing to me. As an American, I don't know what the English do during trade shows, but it would surprise me to see knights in shining armor riding out on horses to gaze up at a lady in a tower while people in booths are hawking potato peelers and things. Still, I managed to hang in there and finish the... Read more
Christianna Brand wrote brillant whodunits in the 40s and this one is one of them. It is not, however, fit in the style of his most celebrated work: Green for Danger. This one is more puzzle oriented, and there is a collection of possible solutions to an apparent impossible situation that defy ingenuity. Great read!!!
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