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eBook Tour de Force (Brand, Christianna) ePub
Author: Christianna Brand
Language: English
ISBN: 0786703407
ISBN13: 978-0786703401
Publisher: Carroll & Graf (June 20, 1996)
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Thriller
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 545
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Christianna Brand (17 December 1907 – 11 March 1988) was a British crime writer and children's author, born in British Malaya.

Christianna Brand (17 December 1907 – 11 March 1988) was a British crime writer and children's author, born in British Malaya. Christianna Brand was born Mary Christianna Milne (1907) in Malaya but spent most of her childhood in England and India. She had a number of different occupations, including model, dancer, shop assistant and governess. Brand also wrote under the pseudonyms Mary Ann Ashe, Annabel Jones, Mary Brand, Mary Roland, and China Thompson.

Open Road Integrated Media ebook. Oh, but worth it!’ said Mr Cecil

Open Road Integrated Media ebook. Oh, but worth it!’ said Mr Cecil. He himself had forced, but forced, ducky, all his clients into Toile de Vichy this year, that heaven-blue faded cotton that one saw on all those touching ouvriers and people in France; but one did get a teeny bit sick of it by the end of the season. His clients? ‘But I’m Cecil, dear, Mr Cecil, you know, of Christophe et Ci.

Born in 1907 in Malaya, Mary Christianna Milne Lewis worked as everything from a governess to a nightclub dancer before discovering her niche as an author with the novel DEATH IN HIGH HEELS-and then delighting mystery lovers with the later GREEN FOR DANGER.

In the countryside, Inspector Cockrill investigates a wartime beheadingAs war rages in Europe, the citizens of London flee to the country

They are typical tour group bores: the dullards of England whom he had hoped to escape by going to Italy. In the countryside, Inspector Cockrill investigates a wartime beheadingAs war rages in Europe, the citizens of London flee to the country. At Pigeonsford, a group of guests plays cards, drinks tea, and acts polite-but Grace Morland knows the strong emotions that lurk beneath the placid social surface.

The hotel at Rapallo had been in the very top grade, their three nights in Siena were to be spent in a dreary albergo that hit the very bottom.

The hotel at Rapallo had been in the very top grade, their three nights in Siena were to be spent in a dreary albergo that hit the very bottom members of Il Grouppa as Mrs Moan, a pair of timid schoolteachers travelling together and already regretting it, tried to pluck up courage to ask for their money back and abandon the tour, but without success, and Mrs Sick, gobbling her way through the curious evening meals, would then take possession of. The one and only ritirata, to the discomfort of ladies and gentlemen . .

Tour de Force cements Christianna Brand, in my estimation, as one of the very few Golden Age mystery writers that could hold their own with Agatha Christie.

The vacationing Inspector Cockrill is on the job again when a fellow. Tour de Force cements Christianna Brand, in my estimation, as one of the very few Golden Age mystery writers that could hold their own with Agatha Christie. Christie wrote mysteries that frequently had the power to shock in the final pages, as a network of clues suddenly came together in one inevitable but wholly unforeseen conclusion. It's a very rare gift, and though Brand was considerably less prolific than Christie, she clearly possessed it in similar quantities.

The local police, in Cockrill's opinion, are illprepared for interrogating the tourload of suspects, she he takes it upon himself to confront these not-so-innocents abroad. The results, in high Brand-style, are both suspenseful and hilarious.

by Christianna Brand. The corrupt local police force, impatient to find a killer, names Cockrill chief suspect. To escape the Italian hangman, the detective must find out who would go on vacation to kill a stranger.

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They are typical tour group bores: the dullards of England whom he had hoped to escape by going to Italy. He gives up on the trip immediately, burying his nose in a mystery novel to ensure that no one tries to become his friend

They are typical tour group bores: the dullards of England whom he had hoped to escape by going to Italy. He gives up on the trip immediately, burying his nose in a mystery novel to ensure that no one tries to become his friend. But not long after the group makes landfall at the craggy isle of San Juan el Pirata, a murder demands his attention. The body of a woman is found laid out carefully on her bed, blood pooled around her and fingers wrapped around the dagger that took her life.

The vacationing Inspector Cockrill is on the job again when a fellow tourist is stabbed to death on a small Mediterranean island. The local police, in Cockrill's opinion, are illprepared for interrogating the tourload of suspects, she he takes it upon himself to confront these not-so-innocents abroad. The results, in high Brand-style, are both suspenseful and hilarious.
JoJogar
Poor Inspector Cockrill! On a holiday tour, he finds himself with a seemingly impossible crime on a corrupt island where the local police want to pin the death on any stranger, regardless of guilt or innocence. I feel smug indeed as I for once managed to figure out the solution before Inspector Cockrill ( or at least before he revealed it!). The descriptions of the tourists in general, and the ones on his tour in particular made the book imho.
Fenrinos
Born in 1907 in Malaya, Mary Christianna Milne Lewis worked as everything from a governess to a nightclub dancer before discovering her niche as an author with the novel DEATH IN HIGH HEELS--and then delighting mystery lovers with the later GREEN FOR DANGER. Although she is now best known as the creator of the "Nurse Matilda" stories for children, by the time of her 1988 death she had written seventeen mystery novels; while not as well known in the United States as the works of Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, and Nygio Marsh, they have remained popular in England and Europe and are often considered classics of their kind.

Published in 1955, TOUR DE FORCE is the last of Brand's books to feature re-occuring character Inspector Cockrill--who on this occasion is taking a package tour of Italy. Unfortunately for Cockrill, the package throws him in with a group of tourists that range from a philandering and former concert pianist, his career ended by the loss of an arm; his very long suffering wife; a famous and very flamboyant novelist; a questionable tour guide; and, of course, a murderer. And the murder occurs in a most unfortunate location: an obscure Italian island where the authorities are more interested in arresting somebody to end the case than they are in catching the killer.

Brand's plot is a twisty as anything Christie created and her sense of character and location bring Marsh to mind--but she has her own distinct tone of voice, warm, witty, and pleasant. She also has a great gift for that classic of the English murder mystery, "the red herring," and where TOUR DE FORCE is concerned it will be the rare reader indeed who can draw identity, motive, and process together to fully identify the killer before Brand makes the revelation. Indeed, if TOUR DE FORCE has a flaw, it is that Brand is a shade too good at her own game, and some may find her conclusion a shade too twisty.

Even so, TOUR DE FORCE is certainly an entertaining novel, one that you begin to read at six in the evening and suddenly find yourself finishing up, after a single long sitting, several hours later. Lots of fun and recommended to all mystery fans--particularly those fond of the classic English style.

GFT, Amazon Reviewer
Mautaxe
This is a dated "whodunnit" or a tongue-in-cheek put down of the foibles of the English when they go abroad. A must miss.
Leyl
Not a very clear plot line nor exposition.
Brakree
This book was a surprise at every turn! Quite enjoyable! This was a little different than her previous books, but still an excellent read.
Vivaral
This is just a little too convoluted for my taste. Turns, turns again, turns upside down, and leaves us all breathless.
Grosho
This is a very clever mystery with lots of twists and red herrings. I'd like to like it more, but I didn't find the characters very appealing and the style didn't engage me very well--I had to plow through it. Many of the characters are more like caricatures it seemed to me. Also, while there was some suspense, and I did figure out the culprit and method--I still wasn't sure it was correct because (and I still believe this) there are other possibilities inherent in the plot--kind of like those mystery plays in which the culprit & ending change from performance to performance. I find this to be rather annoying--and it makes the ending rather dubious (unless and until the perpetrator confesses--but that's really a ploy in this circumstance).

Interestingly, Cecil appears in this work--as he did in her first novel, "Death in High Heels," which is referred to in this book. Brand actually has two detectives, Inspector Cockrill (her main one) and Inspector Charlesworth who appears, apparently, in only two of her novels. "Death in High Heels" is one of the two--he was her initial detective. Thus, Cecil has met both of the detectives.
Inspector Cockrill goes abroad for the first time on a conducted tour of Italy. His companions on the holiday are a very mixed bunch, a famous novelist, an embittered former concert pianist who lost his right arm in an accident, accompanied by his long-suffering wife, a flamboyant fashion designer, a prim spinster and a quiet and apparently innocuous young woman, Vanda Lane. When the group is staying on a small meditteranean island, one of the party is murdered, and it falls to Inspector Cockrill to find out who, the local police being worse than useless. I cannot help agreeing with a previous reviewer who says that this is no Agatha Christie. Although the story is quite clever and the characters not without interest, I couldn't help thinking as I was reading it how much more amusing it would have been had Christie written it. The women in particular are all sad, desperate and lovesick, there are none of the strong female characters Christie enjoyed creating, no eager, adventurous young girls or good-humoured, independent spinsters. And Poirot would have enjoyed himself on the holiday much more than Cockrill. And the denoument is just too far-fetched to be believable, even Christie might have had trouble pulling it off.
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