Unholy Dying

Unholy Dying [Reading] ➷ Unholy Dying ➭ R.T. Campbell – Heartforum.co.uk This rare 1945 thriller offers a delightful example of detective fiction at its very best Using the pen name R T Campbell, the eminent art critic, poet, and fantasy novelist Ruthven Campbell Todd wrot This rare thriller offers a delightful example of detective fiction at its very best Using the pen name R T Campbell, the eminent art Unholy Dying MOBI :Ä critic, poet, and fantasy novelist Ruthven Campbell Todd wrote a series of mysteries featuring a unique hero, the inimitable amateur sleuth Professor John Stubbs A blustering old botanist from Scotland, Stubbs employs humorously unconventional methods in his investigations In this, one of Stubbs s first adventures, an infamous fraud is poisoned at a gathering of geneticists and the possible killer includes a dozen vindictive former assistants and humiliated colleagues The gallery of suspects ranges from a brash American, Dr Swartz, and the victim s sniveling associate, Professor Silver, to a lovely young genetics student, Miss Mary Lewis, and even Stubbs s nephew, a reporter covering the convention The novel s brisk pace, witty dialogue, and flavorful re creation of English university life during the mid twentieth century combine to form an exciting and amusing page turner.

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  • Paperback
  • 144 pages
  • Unholy Dying
  • R.T. Campbell
  • 18 December 2019
  • 9780486822549

10 thoughts on “Unholy Dying

  1. Annarella says:

    I m a fan of old mysteries and was very happy to discover a new to me author.It s a gentle mystery, full of humour and with an interesting cast of characters.I found the genetic part amusing, it was like watching a bw film.I think this is perfect for people who like cozy or classical mystery.I look forward to reading other books in this series.Highly recommended Many thanks to Dover Publications and Netgalley for this ARC

  2. Eric says:

    Professor John Stubbs is the eccentric amateur investigating murder at an international conference of geneticists He reminds me somewhat of Gervase Fen, created by Edmund Crispin around the same time.Stubbs is a fan of locked room mysteries, particularly those of JD Carr, but the first murder here is the opposite, taking place in an open laboratory to which there was unfettered access The regular police are not very competent and jump to hasty conclusions.The murderer is unmasked by use of a subterfuge, Stubbs being unable to conclude the case otherwise.This is a short book, with quite a lot of amusing dialogue which feels rather dated I found it a bit hard going as I felt that the author was spinning out a short story idea to novella length.Thank you to NetGalley and Dover Publications for the digital review copy.

  3. Peggy says:

    This was a good solid read I enjoyed the banter between characters and the descriptions of sounds Dr Stubbs is a great, fun character Always messy, very large, always filling his pipe, putting away beer than you would think a man could and still walk Best of all he was always carrying around a detective novel in his pocket John Dickson Carr was the one he was reading in this book, Edgar Wallace got a mention too.Dr Stubbs had always wanted to have a chance to try his hand at detecting as his favorite past time was reading detective novels With his current read being a Dickson Carr he was all up on locked room mysteries but this murder was the exact opposite of that, anyone of a couple thousand people could have done it

  4. Annie says:

    Originally published on my blog Nonstop Reader Unholy Dying is one of R.T Campbell s first mysteries featuring Professor John Stubbs Originally published in 1945, this re formatting and re release came out 16th Jan 2019 from Dover It s 144 pages and this edition is available in paperback and ebook formats.This is a classic golden age British mystery R.T Campbell was the pseudonym of poet and author Ruthven Todd As a bio engineer, I really enjoyed reading the 1940s genetics the murder takes place at a professional conference of geneticists The book has held up surprisingly well in my opinion Some of the dialogue is a bit dated, but all in all, it s very well written, fast moving, well plotted and has a satisfying denouement.It s a very fast read I would call it a long novella or a very short novel As in many most murder mysteries of the time period, the corpse was a thoroughly unlikable jerk no tears were shed There is a smaller than normal pool of suspects and Stubbs has to resort to subterfuge to deliver the guilty party All in all a nice read by a lesser known author from the golden age While it s not up to Christie, Marsh, Carr, Tey, or Sayers, it s a completely readable and diverting mystery.Four stars Disclosure I received an ARC at no cost from the author publisher for review purposes

  5. Linda Galella says:

    Erudite, methodical and humorous in its very British gentility, author R T Campbell has written a 144 pg cozy mystery that s been reprinted by Dover The price of 12.95 9.80 seems to be inordinate for the package This is not something I usually comment on but in this case, it s germane Fortunately, I received a copy in a Goodreads Giveaway.The characters are very well crafted and exceedingly interesting Campbell s descriptions were enough that I could cast this book without any trouble For me, the dialogue was less enjoyable and the science was a bit too much The actions of the characters, especially the uncle, are delightful There is no sexual content, gratuitous violence or foul language to contend with in Unholy Dying

  6. Katy Koivastik says:

    Subterfuge among scientists I never once guessed who the perpetrator was, but felt a little cheated when amateur detective Professor John Stubbs concluded the perp, who commits suicide rather than being arrested, probably would have been acquitted and then gone on to kill a well liked fellow scientist it just felt a little too neat Otherwise, this was a cracking good, if short, whodunnit.

  7. Lisa Brantly says:

    Not the best, but still enjoyable

  8. blake says:

    This is a neat little mystery, tightly written and with fairly well developed characters I went in completely blind, thinking maybe this was a horror story The detective is a dilettante scientist named Stubbs and the primary narrator is his nephew Andrew Blake In part two of this three part book, the narration switches to third person from first, as Blake finds himself in jail The murder takes place at a genetics conference, at a time when genetics was a fairly new field, and the narrator is amusingly hapless in his inability to understand what he s seeing The actual genetics that play a role in the mystery are a junior high level, however, and a reasonably interesting hook on which to hang clues.This isn t an a ha sort of mystery where you can neatly deduce the killer from the clues, but you can pretty strongly infer them and you ll be right if hard pressed to figure out how to prove things, as is Professor Stubbs Chock a block full of contemporary references, which I often like, since this is an era I like, but not all of which I got Stubbs is a good character, though, and a worth peer of the likes of Poirot and Marple.

  9. ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) says:

    Unholy Dying is a very entertaining read, the first of ten mystery novels written by Campbell after the war, most of them featuring amateur detective Prof John Stubbs Campbell s mysteries are very hard to find nowadays, with the exception of Bodies in a Bookshop and Unholy Dying, which were republished by Dover Publications in the 1980s Here is the complete list of R.T Campbell s mystery novels Unholy Dying 1945 Take Thee a Sharp Knife 1946 Adventure with a Goat 1946 Apollo Wore a Wig 1946 Bodies in a Bookshop 1946 The Death Cap 1946 Death for Madame 1946 Swing Low, Swing Death 1946 Take Thee a Sharp Knife 1946 Loser s Choice 1953

  10. Fungi From Yuggoth says:

    First published in 1945, UNHOLY DYING is one of the several pseudonymous detective mysteries by Scottish poet Ruthven Campbell Todd staring botany professor John Stubbs, a corporate Orson Welles size scientist who fancies himself successor to the great detectives of classical mystery Here a Congress of Geneticists held at University results in not just one, but multiple, unexplained deaths of attending scientists At first Stubbs blundering feckless nephew Andrew Blake, a journalist, is blamed and arrested The actual denouement is both surprising and poignant.

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