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La Markshire Orchestra è l'orgoglio della cittadina di Markhamptom, nel sud dell'Inghilterra. Certo, si esibisce solo quattro volte all'anno, ma la comunità locale mostra di apprezzarla molto e in breve i suoi concerti sono diventati gli eventi mondani per eccellenza. Grazie o per colpa della moglie Eleanor, uno dei violini di fila, l'avvocato Francis Pettrigrew è stato noLa Markshire Orchestra è l'orgoglio della cittadina di Markhamptom, nel sud dell'Inghilterra. Certo, si esibisce solo quattro volte all'anno, ma la comunità locale mostra di apprezzarla molto e in breve i suoi concerti sono diventati gli eventi mondani per eccellenza. Grazie o per colpa della moglie Eleanor, uno dei violini di fila, l'avvocato Francis Pettrigrew è stato nominato consigliere giuridico e tesoriere onorario dell'orchestra. In quella veste è al corrente di tutto ciò che accade; non ignora, per esempio, le annose discussioni tra i sostenitori di Mozart e quelli di Beethoven, né la proverbiale litigiosità dei direttori e degli orchestrali. Il fatto che Lucy Carless, la famosa violinista ingaggiata come solista per il concerto di apertura, sia in cattivi rapporti con il segretario della Markshire, suo ex marito, non serve certo a rasserenare un'atmosfera già resa incandescente da un violentissimo litigio scoppiato prima della prova generale tra la stessa Lucy e un clarinettista. Se poi aggiungiamo la misteriosa scomparsa dell'organista e la mancata apparizione di un secondo clarinettista, be' cosa ci si può aspettare che accada durante il concerto? Che la solista venga strangolata nel suo camerino prima di entrare in scena, naturalmente. Il romanzo è del 1949....

Title : Delitto al concerto
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ISBN : 9788881542420
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 272 Pages
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Delitto al concerto Reviews

  • MrsRK
    2019-03-27 03:56

    I wish Cyril Hare (Alfred Gordon Clark) had lived longer and had time to write more and delight us with his witty, funny, smart mysteries! He died ten days short of his 58th birthday thus interrupting the delightful series of books with the reluctant sleuth Francis Pettigrew and the gourmand Inspector Mallet. Our loss! This is my second favorite of Hare, the first being Tragedy at Law. Although Pettigrew appears too sparsely--and his annoying wife almost not!--and the fact that I suspected the murderer since the beginning, Hare had such ease and talent with words the book is a delight. If you are not familiar (as I was not) with details about Mozart's K 504, rotary dial phones, and English (matrimonial) laws, you will never guess the reason for the crime. Very well constructed, goes on a nice sedate pace without being slow, which allows the reader to enjoy the author's writing quality. My only complain is that I wish the book had at least a hundred more pages: pleasure extended is always welcome! Highly recommend--as all of this 8 books.(TRIGGER WARNING - Hard-core feminists will probably need smelling salts due to some "insensitive" comments by some of the characters. For example: "The other conductor was one of those silly girls [...]." And then there is Mrs. Basset, who is described as "the chairman of our committee"! Also, husbands did not enter kitchens at the time this book was written... I can hear the collective gasp of outrage, lol!)

  • C3wach
    2019-04-07 23:48

    Pretty good. I'll try the next one.

  • Graham Powell
    2019-04-09 06:18

    My third Cyril Hare book, not quite so good as Tragedy At Law but better than An English Murder. Like those other two, this book turns on an obscure point of English law, and the telling here is very well done, reminiscent of the best of another solicitor-writer, Michael Gilbert (who edited a collection of Hare's stories).

  • Carfig
    2019-04-08 03:10

    Got to page 20. Page after page of boring character description. More character description. No action. No interest. I may look at some later pages, but I doubt it will get any better. It's not often I don't finish a book, but here's one. And now I see that it's a series? Wow.The cover has a violin on it, plus it's about th orchestra, so we thought it might be of interest....

  • Pat Dedert
    2019-04-07 05:53

    I’m so glad I discovered this writer. I really enjoy his style, and this particular story, set in an amateur orchestra from the vantage point of the treasurer, hit all of my interest buttons! Francis Pettigrew is a delight.

  • Alex Clare
    2019-03-27 01:54

    A very easy read, following all the proper rules of a Golden Age novel. The resolution was a little deus-ex-machina which was a bit of a let-down.

  • Ali
    2019-04-16 03:10

    Cyril Hare is a new discovery to me. I had three of his books listed on my bookcrossing wishlist and was delighted to recieve this one recently from another bookcrosser in a gift exchamge.I found this a delightfully intelligent old fashioned mystery. Cyril Hare was a judge, and his law background is put to good use in this mystery (and I assume his others). A good cast of distinct characters, and a clever plot with a wholly satisfactory ending, helped me to fairly fly through it. Added to an engaging mystery, is the often hilarious Markshire Orchestral society politics, and their musical snobbery. I would certainly recommend this to those who enjoy novels from what is often referred to as the golden age of crime fiction.

  • Susan
    2019-03-24 04:51

    All right, three and a half stars, because I'm not crazy about the ending. Barrister Francis Pettigrew's young wife is interested in music, so he ends up helping with the orchestra's finances. A talented violinist is hired to perform at the year's first concert, but she's murdered before she can take the stage. Her earlier conversation with Pettigrew about Dickens provides a crucial clue, as does the scoring of Mozart's Prague Symphony. But the whole thing turns on an obscure point of English law, from the time of Henry VIII!

  • Gerry
    2019-04-18 01:58

    A stylish, witty detective novel featuring the amateur sleuth Francis Pettigrew.Set with a musical background, the tension builds throughout the book and once a murder is committed, any number of the members of the orchestra that were to perform a concert could be guilty.A Dickens allusion adds to the tension and in a subtle, spell-binding ending Pettigrew assists the law to unmask the culprit.

  • Philip Jackson
    2019-04-15 23:53

    This is a charming late addition to the world of golden age detective fiction. Who murdered violin soloist Lucy Carless during a classical music concert? The crime is solved by Francis Pettigrew, Hare's amateur detective. While the denouement doesn't startle in the way that Christie's do, the solution to the crime is satisfying enough. A knowledge of Dickens may give the reader an unfair advantage in unravelling the mystery. Good stuff.

  • Martina Sartor
    2019-04-03 08:13

    L'indizio rivelatore.Interessante e gradevole l'ambientazione nel mondo della musica e dei concertisti, notoriamente personaggi sempre originali e sui generis.Il giallo sembra intricato, ma, quando l'autore fa riferimento ai registri di Somerset House, beh per ogni forte lettore di gialli classici la faccenda inizia ad illuminarsi improvvisamente e il probabile colpevole diventa chiaro.

  • Eduardo
    2019-04-16 06:55

    This is the third Hare's novel I have read (the third "F. Pettigrew" as well), in a row. Loved it.If I were to rank these three novels in my preference and according to the enjoyment I received from their reading:Pettigrew # 3 = number 1Pettigrew # 1 = number 2Pettigrew # 2 = number 3I am planning to read the other two novels in the series.Cozy, witty, delicious British mysteries.

  • Miriam
    2019-03-21 08:16

    As with most of Hare's books the solution to the mystery hinges on legal knowledge that I do not possess, but I still enjoyed this book, primarily because of the interesting characters and the way the author depicts the social politics of the musical society and the town where the mystery takes place.

  • Kate
    2019-03-29 23:54

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  • Moloch
    2019-03-27 04:58

    Uno dei pochi della collana "I bassotti" che non si siano rivelati una delusione (il genere evidentemente non fa per me): deliziosamente spiritoso.

  • Dave
    2019-04-01 05:52

    Nice Cyril Hare mystery--excellent amateur detective, fun supporting characters, imperfect plotting.