"What Happened at Hazelwood"
"From London Far"
and "Money from Holme"
by Michael Innes
by John Gabree
the best of American detective fiction is written in a gritty vernacular
as hard-nboiled as its heroes and villains, British detective fiction,
even at its most bizzarre, is more notable for its elegance. The British
master is Michael Innes. No American has an imaginatiuon more grotesque
-- he is more Charles Addams than Raymond Chandler -- or more fertile.
His complicated plots and fantastic characters are riveting. These titles,
newly available in the U.S., are all three a joy to read. Rarely will
you find a character as oddly compelling as Meredith, the absent-minded
academic who blunders through "From London Far." No fan of detective
fiction will want to miss any opportunity to read Michael Innes. (1976)
Happened at Hazelwood
From London Far
and Money from Holme by Michael Innes