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An English Murder Paperback – 22 November 2017

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  • Publisher : Faber Paperback; Main edition (22 November 2017)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 208 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0571339018
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0571339013
  • Dimensions : 12.7 x 1.52 x 19.56 cm
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"Hare's writing is sublime... this author was years ahead of his time." -- CrimeSquad

"...incisive social commentary, vivid descriptions and nuanced interactions between characters... a book modern readers should not miss." -- CrimeReview

"This light-hearted classic from 1951 slips down as easily as eggnog on Christmas morning." -- Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express 'Murder and Mystery Books of the Year'

"Faber's welcome republication of vintage crime bestsellers continued with An English Murder by Cyril Hare, a wintry country house whodunit from 1951." -- Mark Lawson, Guardian 'Best Crime and Thrillers 2017'

"Six people around the table on Christmas Eve in a large country house include the chancellor of the exchequer, the leader of a fascist movement, a Jewish historian and assorted toffs. They start dying, one by one. Snow prevents detectives from coming to investigate. Written in 1951, Cyril Hare's novel tells a satisfying tale of politics and wealth, with an unexpected denouement." -- Times 'Books of the Year: Crime'

About the Author

Cyril Hare was the pseudonym for the distinguished lawyer Alfred Alexander Gordon Clark. He was born in Surrey, in 1900, and was educated at Rugby and Oxford. A member of the Inner Temple, he was called to the Bar in 1924 and joined the chambers of Roland Oliver, who handled many of the great crime cases of the 1920s. He practised as a barrister until the Second World War, after which he served in various legal and judicial capacities including a time as a county court judge in Surrey.

Hare's crime novels, many of which draw on his legal experience, have been praised by Elizabeth Bowen and P.D. James among others. He died in 1958 - at the peak of his career as a judge, and at the height of his powers as a master of the whodunit.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The writing is excellent and the humour-at everyone's expense-is delicious
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5.0 out of 5 stars A well written vintage crime book.
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