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H. R. F. Keating (1926–2011)

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H. R. F. Keating (Henry Reymond Fitzwalter "Harry" Keating) was born in St. Leonards-on-Sea on October 31, 1926. He attended Merchant Taylor's School in London, England and Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. He worked for The Times (London) as the crime books reviewer from 1967 to 1983. His first näytä lisää novel, Death and the Visiting Firemen, was published in 1959. He wrote about 50 fiction and nonfiction works during his lifetime, but is best known for the Inspector Ghote series. His other works include the Harriet Martens Mysteries series and Sherlock Holmes: The Man and His World. Keating received the CWA Gold Dagger Award in 1964 for The Perfect Murder and in 1980 for The Murder of the Maharajah, the Edgar Alan Poe award in 1988, the George N. Dove Award in 1995, and the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for outstanding service to crime fiction in 1996. He died of cardiac failure on March 27, 2011 at the age of 84. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän

(eng) Evelyn Hervey is a pseudonym of H. R. F. Keating


Tekijän teokset

The Perfect Murder (1964) 225 kappaletta
Maharadjamurha (1980) 97 kappaletta
Inspector Ghote Breaks an Egg (1970) 92 kappaletta
The Body in the Billiard Room (1987) 80 kappaletta
Go West, Inspector Ghote (1981) 72 kappaletta
Under a Monsoon Cloud (1986) 70 kappaletta
Inspector Ghote Draws a Line (1979) 69 kappaletta
The Bedside Companion to Crime (1989) 68 kappaletta
Inspector Ghote Hunts the Peacock (1968) 64 kappaletta
Inspector Ghote Trusts the Heart (1972) 62 kappaletta
Writing Crime Fiction (1986) 62 kappaletta
Inspector Ghote Plays a Joker (1969) 61 kappaletta
Filmi, Filmi, Inspector Ghote (1976) 61 kappaletta
Inspector Ghote Caught in Meshes (1967) 54 kappaletta
The Governess (1983) — Tekijä; Pseudonym — 53 kappaletta
Inspector Ghote's Good Crusade (1966) 52 kappaletta
Bats Fly Up for Inspector Ghote (1974) 49 kappaletta
Dead on Time (1988) 49 kappaletta
Inspector Ghote Goes by Train (1971) 47 kappaletta
The Rich Detective (1993) 46 kappaletta
The Hard Detective (2000) 46 kappaletta
The Iciest Sin (1990) 40 kappaletta
Inspector Ghote's First Case (2008) 40 kappaletta
The Sheriff of Bombay (1984) 39 kappaletta
A Long Walk to Wimbledon (1978) 38 kappaletta
Murder by Death (1976) 36 kappaletta
Cheating Death (1992) 33 kappaletta
A Remarkable Case of Burglary (1975) 32 kappaletta
Doing Wrong (1994) 32 kappaletta
The Soft Detective (1997) 30 kappaletta
Asking Questions (1996) 30 kappaletta
A Detective Under Fire (2002) 30 kappaletta
A Detective in Love (2002) 29 kappaletta
Breaking and Entering (2000) 28 kappaletta
The Dog It Was That Died (1962) 27 kappaletta
The Good Detective (1995) 27 kappaletta
Rules, Regs and Rotten Eggs (2007) 26 kappaletta
Zen There Was Murder (1960) 26 kappaletta
The Dreaming Detective (2003) 25 kappaletta
The Man of Gold (1985) 24 kappaletta
A Detective at Death's Door (2004) 24 kappaletta
Into the Valley of Death (1986) 23 kappaletta
The Bad Detective (1996) 22 kappaletta
Is Skin Deep, Is Fatal (1965) 21 kappaletta
Crime Writers (1978) — Toimittaja; Avustaja — 21 kappaletta
Bribery, Corruption Also (1999) 20 kappaletta
One Man and His Bomb (2006) 20 kappaletta
Death and the Visiting Firemen (1962) 20 kappaletta
Murder Must Appetize (1975) 19 kappaletta
Great Crimes (1982) 18 kappaletta
Death of a Fat God (1963) 15 kappaletta
In Kensington Gardens Once (1997) 13 kappaletta
The Man Who ... (1992) — Toimittaja; Avustaja — 13 kappaletta
A Small Case for Inspector Ghote? (2009) 12 kappaletta
Crime Waves: No. 1 (1991) — Toimittaja; Avustaja — 12 kappaletta
A Rush on the Ultimate (1961) 12 kappaletta
The Underside (1974) 11 kappaletta
Mrs. Craggs: Crimes Cleaned Up (1985) 11 kappaletta
Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady [1991 film] (1991) — Screenplay — 6 kappaletta
A Kind of Light (2017) 4 kappaletta
Jack, the Lady Killer (2000) 4 kappaletta
Strong Man (1971) 4 kappaletta
Brave New Murder 2 kappaletta
Majumdar Uncle 2 kappaletta
Fora de combat (El Cangur) (1972) 2 kappaletta
Blood on My Mind (1972) 1 kappale
Lucky Alphonse (1982) 1 kappale
The Justice Boy 1 kappale

Associated Works

The Mammoth Book of New Sherlock Holmes Adventures (1997) — Avustaja — 510 kappaletta
Green for Danger (1944) — Esipuhe, eräät painokset433 kappaletta
The Oxford Book of English Detective Stories (1990) — Avustaja — 400 kappaletta
The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries (2013) — Avustaja — 289 kappaletta
Crime Stories from the Strand (1991) — Johdanto — 227 kappaletta
The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories (2015) — Avustaja — 137 kappaletta
The Best British Mysteries 2005 (2005) — Avustaja — 127 kappaletta
The Mammoth Book of Roaring Twenties Whodunnits (2004) — Avustaja — 116 kappaletta
The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes (1989) — Avustaja — 89 kappaletta
Crime for Christmas (1991) — Avustaja — 86 kappaletta
Murder for Christmas, Vol. 2 (1982) — Avustaja — 86 kappaletta
Crime Through Time III (2000) — Avustaja — 82 kappaletta
The Mammoth Book of Great Detective Stories (1985) — Avustaja — 80 kappaletta
Beginning With a Bash (1937) — Introduced By — 80 kappaletta
The Detection Collection (2005) — Avustaja — 76 kappaletta
A Classic Christmas Crime (1995) — Avustaja — 75 kappaletta
Verdict of 13 (1978) — Avustaja — 71 kappaletta
2nd Culprit: A Crime Writers' Association Annual (1993) — Avustaja — 64 kappaletta
The Best British Mysteries 2006 (2005) — Avustaja — 63 kappaletta
1st Culprit: A Crime Writers' Association Annual (1992) — Avustaja — 59 kappaletta
Bland Beginning (1949) — Johdanto, eräät painokset55 kappaletta
Murder Through the Ages (2000) — Avustaja — 54 kappaletta
Mystery for Christmas (1990) — Avustaja — 50 kappaletta
The Mammoth Book of Comic Crime (2002) — Avustaja — 47 kappaletta
3rd Culprit: An Annual of Crime Stories (1994) — Avustaja — 41 kappaletta
Mysterious Pleasures (2003) — Avustaja — 34 kappaletta
Great Law and Order Stories (1990) — Avustaja — 29 kappaletta
Perfectly Criminal (1996) — Avustaja — 23 kappaletta
The Verdict of Us All (2006) — Avustaja — 21 kappaletta
Great detective stories (1998) — Avustaja — 20 kappaletta
Royal Crimes (1994) — Avustaja — 17 kappaletta
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1985 (1985) — Avustaja — 13 kappaletta
The Ethnic Detectives: Masterpieces of Mystery Fiction (1985) — Avustaja — 11 kappaletta
The Rigby File (1989) — Avustaja — 11 kappaletta
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1983 (1983) — Avustaja — 8 kappaletta
En Kriminelt god jul : femten svarte julefortellinger (2006) — Avustaja — 6 kappaletta
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1981 (1981) — Avustaja — 6 kappaletta
Winter's Crimes 13 (1981) — Avustaja — 6 kappaletta
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1977 (1977) — Avustaja — 6 kappaletta
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1990 (1990) — Avustaja — 5 kappaletta
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1987 (1987) — Avustaja — 5 kappaletta
Julian Symons : a bibliography (1996) — Esipuhe — 5 kappaletta
Winter's Crimes 19 (1987) 5 kappaletta
Winter's Crimes 15 (1983) 5 kappaletta
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1984 (1984) — Avustaja — 4 kappaletta
Past Crimes: Perfectly Criminal 3 (1998) — Avustaja — 4 kappaletta
Julian Symons at 80: A Tribute (1992) — Avustaja — 4 kappaletta
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1982 (1982) — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1978 (1978) — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta
Winter's Crimes 7 (1975) — Avustaja — 3 kappaletta
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1980 (1980) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta

Merkitty avainsanalla


Kanoninen nimi
Keating, H. R. F.
Virallinen nimi
Keating, Henry Reymond Fitzwalter
St. Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex, United Kingdom
London, England, UK
Dublin, Ireland
London, England, UK
Trinity College, Dublin
crime fiction writer
Detection Club
Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset
Cartier Diamond Dagger (1996)
Evelyn Hervey is a pseudonym of H. R. F. Keating



I’ve been reading Agatha Christie books for as long as, well, as long as I can remember reading. So quite possibly from the time when this book was first published back in 1977. It’s a collection of essays about the Queen of Crime’s life and works. When I started reading, I didn’t quite realise how long ago it was originally published. Oddly, the commentary/opinions didn’t feel especially dated, other than references to (then) contemporary events.

I enjoyed the mix of personal insights, commercial “analysis” and commentary on her wide range of works: fiction, plays, memoir... And of course, now I’m in a mood to revisit some of her mysteries again.… (lisätietoja)
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MHThaung | 1 muu arvostelu | Nov 18, 2023 |
I wanted very much to like this book. First, it is a mystery, which is one of my favorite genres. Second, it is set in India, with all Indian characters, and anyone who knows me even a little knows how much I love India. In spite of all this, I couldn't finish the book. It was just too painful to go through a plot where the caste structure, social customs, and religion don't allow for the questioning of authority, or for defense of one's dignity when it's insulted by someone of a higher position/caste. It's also a really boring read, knowing that the characters will never "step out of bounds". You just want to grab all the characters and clunk their heads together while yelling, "Oh my god please become interesting!"

This was my first Inspector Ghote book, and my problems with it are probably universal to the other books with this character. If you have liked other Inspector Ghote books, you'll probably like this one.
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blueskygreentrees | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 30, 2023 |
A Peculiar Case
Review of the Penguin Classics Kindle eBook edition (2011) of the original Collins Crime Club hardcover (1964)
It was called the Perfect Murder right from the start. First the Bombay papers plastered it all the way across their pages. And then it was taken up by papers all over India.
The Perfect Murder: Police at House.
The Perfect Murder: New Police Moves.
The Perfect Murder: Police Baffled.
- opening sentences of "A Perfect Murder".

Somehow I missed reading HRF Keating's Inspector Ghote novels (1964-2009) when they were first released, but came across them only recently. This first book left a very odd impression and is surprising as a debut for a series that went on to 26 books. The lead Inspector Ghote is portrayed here as a rather naive detective who is belittled by his superiors in the Bombay (then the name of present day Mumbai) Police and its related government ministry and also henpecked at home by his shrewish wife. Together with his sidekick/Watson Axel Svensson (a Swedish criminologist sent to India to study international policing) they stumble towards an eventual solution.

The book feels like a bait and switch right off the bat as the so-called "Perfect Murder" is revealed to be a non-fatal assault on a Mr. Perfect, the secretary of a rich man named Mr. Arun Varde. The initial outrage announcing a "murder" from the household has been broadcast further by the scurrilous press and is the basis for a running joke throughout. The farce continues when Ghote and Svensson arrive to investigate and are met with denials and obstruction by everyone in the household, except for the secretary who is still unconscious and unable to be interviewed. It is all dragged out to book length with one fruitless interview after another with a diversion to another case involving the supposed theft of a single rupee note from the office of the Minister in charge of the Police.

See DVD cover at https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/9b/The_Perfect_Murder_%28film%29.jpg
The cover for the DVD release of the 1988 film adaptation of "A Perfect Murder". Actor Naseeruddin Shah as Inspector Ghote doesn't even get on the poster, which instead features Stellan Skarsgård (criminologist Axel Svensson) and Madhur Jaffrey (Mrs. Lai, renamed from the Mrs. Varde in the novel). Image sourced from Wikipedia.

Ghote and Svensson still solve both cases in the end and the reason for the obstruction becomes clear. It is an odd beginning to what apparently was a popular series. I think I will try at least one more to find out if the later books became more standard procedurals. Otherwise this would be cringe reading to have a protagonist who is belittled throughout his own books.

Trivia and Links
The Perfect Murder was adapted as the same-titled England/India film in 1988 directed by Zahar Hai, produced by Merchant Ivory Productions. I haven't watched the whole film, but from the opening scenes it seems to have been adapted as a comedy farce along the lines of the Inspector Clouseau films. You can watch the whole film on YouTube here.

There was a May 2020 announcement that the Inspector Ghote/HRF Keating novels were to be adapted for an Indian TV series. No TV series has yet appeared though. You can read the announcement in Variety here.
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alanteder | 6 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Nov 30, 2022 |
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