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The Floating Admiral
The Floating Admiral | Agatha Christie, The Detection Club
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Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, G.K. Chesterton and nine other writers from the legendary Detection Club collaborate in this fiendishly clever but forgotten crime novel first published 80 years ago. Inspector Rudge does not encounter many cases of murder in the sleepy seaside town of Whynmouth. But when an old sailor lands a rowing boat containing a fresh corpse with a stab wound to the chest, the Inspector's investigation immediately comes up against several obstacles. The vicar, whose boat the body was found in, is clearly withholding information, and the victim's niece has disappeared. There is clearly more to this case than meets the eye - even the identity of the victim is called into doubt. Inspector Rudge begins to wonder just how many people have contributed to this extraordinary crime and whether he will ever unravel it...In 1931, Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers and ten other crime writers from the newly-formed 'Detection Club' collaborated in publishing a unique crime novel. In a literary game of consequences, each author would write one chapter, leaving G.K. Chesterton to write a typically paradoxical prologue and Anthony Berkeley to tie up all the loose ends. In addition, each of the authors provided their own solution in a sealed envelope, all of which appeared at the end of the book, with Agatha Christie's ingenious conclusion acknowledged at the time to be 'enough to make the book worth buying on its own'.The authors of this novel are: G. K. Chesterton, Canon Victor Whitechurch, G. D. H. Cole and Margaret Cole, Henry Wade, Agatha Christie, John Rhode, Milward Kennedy, Dorothy L. Sayers, Ronald Knox, Freeman Wills Crofts, Edgar Jepson, Clemence Dane and Anthony Berkeley.
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TheEllieMo
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This was written in 1931 by 12 members of the Detection Club, each one writing a chapter. Inevitably, some changes of style are noticeable between the chapters - one moment grated in particular, when the local gossip who wouldn‘t let anyone get a word in edgeways suddenly let the Inspector have his say - but on the whole this flowed well, and I really like the character of Inspector Rudge.

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quietjenn
The Floating Admiral | Agatha Christie, The Detection Club
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Having with the Detective Club tonight.

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Blueberry
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Written in 1931, I read this to try a sampling of various classic mystery writers. The chapters were written by different authors with an appendix in the back telling how each envisioned the crime. The authors included Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, and G. K. Chesterton.

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Clwojick
The Floating Admiral | Agatha Christie, The Detection Club
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I love the artwork on this cover! I'm not a solid Agatha Christie fan, but I think I need to read more of her books before I can really decide. I've only read one so far, and was not into it at all. I'm sure I'll like her more if I give her another chance, so this one is added to my #LibraryWishlist

Have any of my fellow Littens read this book? Would you recommend? Please let me know. ☺️

rabbitprincess The Detection Club books can be weird because they involve multiple authors continuing each other's work, which can create plot weirdness, or they swap characters, and the in-jokes may be lost on readers unfamiliar with the characters. 2y
erzascarletbookgasm On my TBR 😊 2y
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Loralie
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Took an extra day off of work to enjoy this beautiful weather!

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Loralie
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My birthday books are here!!

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jenniferw88
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First thought for #floating #Junebookhugs @RealLifeReading. I've tried to make it look like the book is #floating, too! 😂

erzascarletbookgasm 👏🏼👏🏼 2y
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Exia
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Spooks101

'...But there, I'm wandering off the point again. I was going to say - what was I going to say?' The Inspector assured her he had no idea.

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Spooks101
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The Floating Admiral sits at the top of my reading pile in work. Guarded faithfully by my dragon 'Mark'.

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Spooks101
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'Light up' he said, pulling a pipe out of his pocket. 'Think better smoking, and we must think now...'