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by Kingsley Amis

Author: Kingsley Amis
Subcategory: Mystery
Language: English
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich; 1st edition (September 1, 1973)
Pages: 224 pages
Category: Suspense and Mystery
Rating: 4.5
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The BBC's own description of this piece: A classic armchair mystery, "The Riverside Villas Murder" has for its hero a 14-year-old boy, Peter Furneaux

The BBC's own description of this piece: A classic armchair mystery, "The Riverside Villas Murder" has for its hero a 14-year-old boy, Peter Furneaux. The play begins on a summer evening in 1936 and, like all 14-year-olds, Peter is hovering hopefully on the brink between sexual inexperience and initiation. But he is forced into manhood when a crime, truly murderous, is committed by an unknown and almost unidentifiable assailant. Only Peter begins to guess at the truth - a dangerous truth - which leads him to the river bank by moonlight.

The Riverside Villas Murder (Penguin Modern Classics). If Amis wrote a worse one than RIVERSIDE VILLAS (RV), it would spontaneously burst into flames. First, contra TamarDC, RV is set in pre-World War II Britain, around 1936-37. The record playlists, the absence of rationing or war damage, both show this. Next, Amis has tried to weave two contradictory books together: a) a Golden Age murder mystery, with ingenuity and puzzle solving pushing plausibility overboard, and b) a psychological study of a boy’s sexual development and initiation. It’s hard to say which of the two books is worse.

Kingsley Amis was born on 16 April 1922 in Clapham, south London, the only child of William . 1973 The Riverside Villas Murder.

Kingsley Amis was born on 16 April 1922 in Clapham, south London, the only child of William Robert Amis (1889–1963), a clerk for mustard manufacturer Colman's in the City of London and his wife, Rosa Annie (née Lucas). The Amis grandparents were wealthy, William Amis's father, glass merchant Joseph James Amis, owning a mansion. Amis's opinions on books and people tended to appear, and often were conservative, and yet, as the title essay of the collection shows, he was not merely reverent of "the classics" and of traditional morals, but more disposed to exercise his own rather independent judgement in all things.

This book is more Amis than Carr, but I did enjoy the fairly complex murder method employed by the murderer

This book is more Amis than Carr, but I did enjoy the fairly complex murder method employed by the murderer. I should have though because I did know that Amis was best friends with the composer Bruce Montgomery, who wrote Carr-style mysteries as ‘Edmund Crispin.

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Evoking the shabbily genteel England of the thirties, Kinglsey Amis unfolds his chilling story of marital duplicity, sexual discovery and murder most unpleasant. I am not really an Amis fan, finding most of his novels too cynical and women-hating to bear.

A mummy is stolen from a small town museum along with some Roman coins and a soaking wet man collapses in fourteen year old Peter Furneaux's living room bleeding from the head. What was a suspected student prank is followed by murder. At first it is impossible to see the connection, but the eccentric Colonel Manton does. With Peter's help the Colonel unravels a mystery that strikes fear into the heart of a genteel suburban neighbourhood and gives Peter rather more excitement than he bargained for at the tennis club social

Kingsley Amis was knighted in 1990 Amis’s opinions on books and people tended to appear (and often, be) . Riverside Villas Murder.

Kingsley Amis was knighted in 1990. In August 1995, he fell, suffering a suspected stroke, yet, after apparently recovering, he worsened, was re-admitted to hospital, and died on 22 October 1995 in London. Amis’s opinions on books and people tended to appear (and often, be) conservative, and yet, as the title essay of the collection shows, he was not merely reverent of the classics and of traditional morals, but was more disposed to exercise his own rather independent judgment in all things.

Kingsley Amis's (1922-95) works take a humorous yet highly critical look at British society, especially in the period following the end of World War II. Born in London, Amis explored his disillusionment in novels such as That Uncertain Feeling (1955). His other works include The Green Man (1970), Stanley and the Women (1984), and The Old Devils (1986), which won the Booker Prize. Amis also wrote poetry, criticism, and short stories. Библиографические данные. The Riverside Villas Murder Penguin Modern Classics.

Hardback, ex-library, with usual stamps and markings, in good all round condition. No dust jacket