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Based on her earlier books If ou like a good cozy mystery this one is okay Murder strikes at a hotel on the Galway Bay in this witty Irish Mystery by Eilis aye lish Dillon Published in 1953 this is the first of three mysteries by this wonderful Irish writer What a loss to the genre that she didn t write mysteries among her 50 published booksEilis was born in Galway Ireland into a family deeply involved in the events of the Irish War of Independence Her great uncle Joseph Mary Plunkett was one of the seven signatories of the Proclamation of Independence and was executed by firing suad following the Rebellion of Easter Week 1916 Her father and mother were both in jail at various times for political reasons For info on Eilis Dillon see her website here Book description from back cover of Rue Morgue editionGeorge Arrow is a bachelor of independent means who when diagnosed with a weak heart is urged to live out his days at Crane s Court a comfortable hotel on the Bay of Galway On the train he chances to meet the hotel s new owner John Burden who has just inherited the property and announces his intentions to shake things up a bit and so he does

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uickly makes of all the guests and staff except for Eleanor Keane the ambitious office manager who means to marry him Meanwhile George makes friends Eleanor Keane the ambitious office manager who means to marry him Meanwhile George makes friends the amiable Professor Daly one of the many old people who reside permanently on the premises When Burden is stabbed through the heart Daly s old friend Inspector Mike Kenny soon discovers that practically everybody at the hotel has good reason to want him dead particularly Barbara Henry the previous owner s widowed niece who now stands to inherit Crane s court And it turns out that her uncle may have been murdered as well Told with gentle wit and charm this first detective novel by a renowned Irish writer of children s and literary fiction was originally published in 1953 and was followed by two others before she gave up crime writing for goodMs Dillon has a way with words An example from chapter 2 The veranda was still full of people when George reached the glass door and looked in He was not a timid man but he uailed a little before the barrage of eyes turned towards him It was like looking into an auarium full of ancient carp he thought for most of the people were old and they all stared with the intense single mindedness and lack of embarrassment of the aged He opened the door marched in and looked about him a little truculently for a vacant table There was dead silence There was no vacant table The old people were grinning fiendishly now and one or two had begun to comment audible though favorably on his appearance His knees wavered Then a voice beside him said in an undertone You had better sit here with me Mr Arrow till the excitement dies down I can just see those old carp staring fiendishly can t ouDeath at Crane s Court is a character driven story and oh what characters they areGeorge Arrow Thinks he is dying of a bad heart and has come here to live out his days in relative uiet and peace Afraid to do anything strenuous or get stressed out He falls in love with Mrs HenryJohn Burden The odious new owner of the Court who wastes no time in making sure everyone wants to bump him offProfessor Daly An elderly professor of English literature with a secretMrs Robinson Dubbed the ueen bee she knows how to get what she wants And watch out for her greasy son HoraceColonel Waters He has never really been a colonel but he is certainly henpeckedMrs Fennell Very old and not uite right in the head she lives in a small cottage on the grounds where she keeps a dozen cats and tends to her luxuriant flower garden How do the cats euate into the lushness of her gardensand of course the Ghost of Sir Rodney the first owner of Crane s Court and seen only by Mrs Fennell Just to name a few and Professor Daly and Inspector Mike Kenny re appear in the third book Death in the uadrangleI did not have an inkling who the murderer was right up until it was revealed I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Crane s Court and really hated to come to the end of the book I did hurry and order copies of the other two mysteries though and am looking forward to reading them soon Mystery lovers Read this. Ld ladies' liberties commented Maurice Richardson in The Observer of this 1953 nove. Sidents are looked after After settling HIS AFFAIRS IN DUBLIN HE IS affairs in Dublin he is to Galway Bay on the train and the only other passenger happens to be John Burden the new owner of Cranes Court During the journey they strike up a conversation and George immediately takes a dislike to John Burden as he boasts of the changes he intends to make to the hotel where George is headed Certainly worth reading for a whodunnit as there are lots of twists and turns When George Arrow 36 is diagnosed with a weak heart he decides to leave Dublin and live at a hotel recommended by his doctor Crane s Court in the Bay of Galway On the train he meets the obnoxious John Burden who coincidentally is the new owner of the hotelGeorge is not the only person at the hotel who objects to Burden so when he is found dead Ins This was my first Dillon book and I loved it It moved uickly The characters were interesting and uirky and the story was enjoyable An entertaining mystery set in a hotel in Ireland in the 1950s George Arrow a bachelor of independent means is dismayed to hear that he s has a fatal heart disease Determined to stretch his life span as long as possible by leading a pampered stress free life he decamps to Crane s Court a luxurious hotelspa with a permanent clientele of elderly folks In the train bringing him to Crane s Court he meets an unpleasant vulgar fellow called John Burden who it turns out is the brand new owner of the hotel Burden immediately sets himself out to be as offensive as possible to the elderly and sometimes eccentric guests of Crane s Court and to ally himself with the gold digging Miss Keane The senior citizens fight back by any means at their disposal and there is very little pretense of shock and regret when Burden is found with a knife in his chest The book was fun to read both because of the Irish turn of phrase and because of the characters George Arrow is essentially the straight man straight as an Arrow hahaha in a cast of eccentrics A temperamental cook an old lady who sees ghosts an elouent former professor of English it s all good fun Enjoyed this solidly written cozy an elouent former professor of English it s all good fun Enjoyed this solidly written cozy set in Ireland The murder mysterypolice procedural takes place in a hotel whose guests are predominantly aged and rather uirky The hero of the story George Arrow is relatively oung but has had a health scare and is sent to Crane s Court to recuperate Of course events don t uite go to plan for GeorgeI enjoyed the atmosphere the coziness of the mystery itself and the setting Also appreciated that the majority of characters on offer were of an older vintage as well The mystery itself wasn t as clear cut as I had initially thought which added to the charm overall Well worth a look at a smooth read Eilis Dillon was a most interesting author who wrote three detective novels in the early 1950 s This is the first Set in a Galway hotel populated by a fascinating array of well delineated characters it is a beautifully written tale of murder blackmail and secretsThis is not one for those who like complex puzzles The murderer is not too difficult to spot but the motive is less obvious The joy of the book is in the fine writing and the careful characterisation There are some good portraits of strong women and the main investigator Inspector Kenny is just introspective enoughHighly recommended This is the first of a 3 book mystery series by Dillon Since there are recurring characters it s probably better to read them in order but I didn t find it mattered The characters are fairly interesting but odd The detective Mike Kenny frets a good deal is overwhelmed and wearied by the task of solving the crime Repeatedly George Arrow who kicks the story off is a fuss budget who takes it to a whole new level There are a couple of hysterics one looney a bunch of nasties and a scattering of hostiles This might account for Mike s weariness The story setting and writing are uite good so it s too bad they aren t host to a congenial lot of characters OTOH there are those laugh out loud moments I was disappointed in this I have loved Eilis Dillon s children s books They have wonderful characters and a great sense of place This was a nice cozy mystery but nothing special I enjoyed it I had hoped for. Or a particuarly revolting spivvish sadist is stabbed soon after interfering with According to the write up on Eilis Dillon on the Rue Morgue Press site I ve read her three mystery novels out of order It is suggested that the reader start with Death at Crane s Court move on to Sent to His Account and finish up with Death in the uadrangle I m afraid that I m just a rebel I ve done it in reverse order Not on Purpose It S Just The Way Of Things I Came It s just the way of things I came Death in the uadrangle uite some time ago And was delighted to add another academic oriented mystery to my collection And a uite nice little snapshot of academic life it was too When I discovered that Ms Dillon had two mysteries up her sleeve I immediately put them on the TBFO To Be FoundOwned list and acuired and read them in the order described I was a bit disappointed to find that Sent to His Account didn t feature Professor Daly of uadrangle fame but found it to be an eually delightful mystery set in a uiet Irish villageWhen I most I found Death at Crane s Court I thought that Dillon must have written stand alone novels only The back cover gives no clue whatsoever that Professor Daly was once again waiting for meLife seems to have ended for George Arrow Still in his early thirties he discovers that he is afflicted with a heart ailment that will make him an invalid for the rest of his life So he forsakes his native Dublin and moves to a remote residential hotel spa on the Irish coast and there prepares to finish out his days in uiet and relative solitudeThen one evening the owner is found murdered in his room The events that follow are hectic and ultimately horrifying and they put Arrow s nerves to so extreme a test that several observers the local police included begin to wonder if there isn t something than meets the eye in George s story of heart diseaseSo I was pleasantly surprised to find Professor Daly residing among the cranky elderly residents at Crane s Court a seaside hotel that provides a place for invalids elderly relatives and part time residents to let all their idiosyncrasies hang out We have the ueen bee and her entourage who determinedly keep the part time residents and short term holiday goers out of the best tea room There is the crazy cat lady who has an uniue method of keeping her cat population in check and her flowers flourishingand who has interesting conversations with the hotel s ghost And the Major who monopolizes the bath His wife the domineering gardener And the shy bird watcher who would rather look at a beaks and wings than socialize Their little world has run like clockwork until the hotel s owner Mr Murray dies apparently of natural causesUpon Murray s death his odious nephew inherits the hotel and threatens the status uo The residents had hoped for Murray s niece to take over and keep things as they have always been But with the advent of John Burden s ownership the ueen bee s reign looks to be at an end The Major will have to pay extra for extra time in the bath The Major s wife loses her small plot of garden And Murray has just begun to make changes But not to worry Someone decides that a change is not as good as a rest and puts an end to the changesand BurdenBut who did it Was the it Mrs Robinson aka the ueen bee who declared off with his head Was it the cook who had already threatened him with a knife not too unlike the one found sticking out of the corpse Maybe Mrs Fennell the cat lady wasn t going to allow Burden to have the mental hospital try to put her away Perhaps the Major couldn t stand having his bath time curtailed Or maybe it was George Arrowkilling to ensure that his lady t stand having his bath time curtailed Or maybe it was George Arrowkilling to ensure that his lady would finally inherit the hotelDillon writes a very nice mystery with lots of red herrings The uirky characters are fun and it was very nice to have my academic Professor uirky characters are fun and it was very nice to have my academic Professor on the scene again to give the police a hand A most enjoyable four star readThis was first posted on my blog My Reader s Block Please reuest permission before reposting Thanks ExcellentMy first ever Eilis Dillon book featuring Inspector Kenny and I found it to be an excellent read The book starts with George Arrow being informed by his Doctor that his heart is very weak and although still a oung man he should spend his remaining days in an hotel called Cranes Court where a number of elderly re. 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