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Book Title: Tour de Force|
The author of the book: Christianna Brand
Edition: Carroll & Graf
Date of issue: June 20th 1996
Format files: PDF
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ISBN 13: 9780786703401
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Inspector Cockrill is something of an Anglophile, his opinion of things and people foreign is not very high. But somehow he still manages to get himself on a conducted tour of the continent. And when, on their island resort of San Juan el Pirata, with a disparate bunch of companions, a young woman from their party is murdered, he initially finds himself one of the main suspects; he is far from happy.
But when the local Gerente discover that he is from 'Scotlanda Yarda', he moves down the suspects' pecking order and becomes more heavily involved in trying to discover the perpetrator of the crime. Needless to say, his travelling companions are all on the suspects' list. And they all seem to have something to hide and all seem to have their hidden reasons for committing the crime.
There is always simmering tension lurking just below the surface and it mounts considerably as the suspects become more menacing. But Cockrill is determined and, overcoming great difficulties and many obstacles and ignoring red herrings, he eventually unravels the mystery, much to the relief of the Gerente.
And, after it is all wrapped up, most importantly for himself he makes a heartfelt decision for the future … 'Holidays at Home'!
Christianna Brand's characterisation is first-class and she sets the mystery up in a very Agatha Christie manner all of which helps the novel to live up to its title.
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Read information about the authorChristianna Brand (December 17, 1907 - March 11, 1988) was a crime writer and children's author. Brand also wrote under the pseudonyms Mary Ann Ashe, Annabel Jones, Mary Roland, and China Thomson.
She was born Mary Christianna Milne in 1907 in Malaya and spent her early years in India. She had a number of different occupations, including model, dancer, shop assistant and governess.
Her first novel, Death in High Heels, was written while Brand was working as a salesgirl. In 1941, one of her best-loved characters, Inspector Cockrill of the Kent County Police, made his debut in the book Heads You Lose. The character would go on to appear in seven of her novels. Green for Danger is Brand’s most famous novel. The whodunit, set in a World War 2 hospital, was adapted for film by Eagle-Lion Films in 1946, starring Alastair Sim as the Inspector. She dropped the series in the late 1950s and concentrated on various genres as well as short stories. She was nominated three times for Edgar Awards: for the short stories "Poison in the Cup" (EQMM, Feb. 1969) and "Twist for Twist" (EQMM, May 1967) and for a nonfiction work about a Scottish murder case, Heaven Knows Who (1960). She is the author of the children's series Nurse Matilda, which Emma Thompson adapted to film as Nanny McPhee (2005).
Her Inspector Cockrill short stories and a previously unpublished Cockrill stage play were collected as The Spotted Cat and Other Mysteries from inspector Cockrill's Casebook, edited by Tony Medawar (2002).
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