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  • Published: 24 July 2013
  • ISBN: 9781743482438
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook

Hamlet Revenge!: Green Popular Penguins


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The Lord Chancellor of England is murdered and Inspector Appleby pursues some of the most famous names in the country, unearthing dreadful suspicion.

At Scamnum Court, seat of the Duke of Horton, the Lord Chancellor of England is murdered at the climax of a private presentation of Hamlet, in which he plays Polonius. To solve this crime, Inspector Appleby pursues some of the most famous names in the country, unearthing dreadful suspicion.

The Green Popular Penguins Story

It was in 1935 when Allen Lane stood on a British railway platform looking for something good to read on his journey. His choice was limited to popular magazines and poor quality paperbacks. Lane's disappointment at the range of books available led him to found a company – and change the world.

In 1935 the Penguin was born, but it took until the late 1940s for the Crime and Mystery series to emerge. The genre thrived in the post-war austerity of the 1940s, and reached heights of popularity by the 1960s.

Suspense, compelling plots and captivating characters ensure that once again you need look no further than the Penguin logo for the scene of the perfect crime.

  • Pub date: 24 July 2013
  • ISBN: 9781743482438
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook

About the Author

Michael Innes

Born in Edinburgh in 1906, John Innes Mackintosh Stewart was educated at Oriel College, Oxford, where he was presented with the Matthew Arnold Memorial Prize and named a Bishop Frazer's scholar. After graduation he went to Vienna to study Freudian psychoanalysis for a year.

His first book, an edition of Florio's translation of Montaigne, got him a lectureship at the University of Leeds. In later years he taught at the universities of Adelaide, Belfast and Oxford.

Under his pseudonym, Michael Innes, he wrote a highly successful series of mystery stories. His most famous character is John Appleby, who inspired a penchant for donnish detective fiction that lasts to this day. His other well-known character is Honeybath, the painter and rather reluctant detective, who first appeared in The Mysterious Commission, in 1975.

Stewart's last novel, Appleby and the Ospreys, appeared in 1986. He died aged eighty-eight.

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