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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 visa mer 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) visa färre

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

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Verk av H. R. F. Keating

The Perfect Murder (1964) 222 exemplar
Sherlock Holmes (1979) 116 exemplar
The Murder of the Maharajah (1980) 96 exemplar
Inspector Ghote Breaks an Egg (1970) 91 exemplar
The Body in the Billiard Room (1987) 79 exemplar
Under a Monsoon Cloud (1986) 70 exemplar
Go West, Inspector Ghote (1981) 70 exemplar
Inspector Ghote Draws a Line (1979) 69 exemplar
The Bedside Companion to Crime (1989) 66 exemplar
Writing Crime Fiction (1986) 60 exemplar
Filmi, Filmi, Inspector Ghote (1976) 60 exemplar
Inspector Ghote Plays a Joker (1969) 60 exemplar
Inspector Ghote's Good Crusade (1966) 52 exemplar
The Governess (1983) — Författare; Pseudonym — 51 exemplar
Dead on Time (1988) 49 exemplar
Inspector Ghote Goes by Train (1971) 47 exemplar
The Rich Detective (1993) 46 exemplar
The Hard Detective (2000) 45 exemplar
The Iciest Sin (1990) 40 exemplar
The Sheriff of Bombay (1984) 39 exemplar
Inspector Ghote's First Case (2008) 39 exemplar
A Long Walk to Wimbledon (1978) 37 exemplar
Murder by Death (1976) 35 exemplar
Cheating Death (1992) 33 exemplar
Doing Wrong (1994) 32 exemplar
A Remarkable Case of Burglary (1975) 31 exemplar
The Soft Detective (1997) 30 exemplar
A Detective in Love (2002) 29 exemplar
Asking Questions (1996) 29 exemplar
A Detective Under Fire (2002) 29 exemplar
Breaking and Entering (2000) 28 exemplar
Zen There Was Murder (1960) 26 exemplar
The Dog It Was That Died (1962) 26 exemplar
The Dreaming Detective (2003) 25 exemplar
The Good Detective (1995) 25 exemplar
Rules, Regs and Rotten Eggs (2007) 24 exemplar
A Detective at Death's Door (2004) 23 exemplar
The Man of Gold (1985) 23 exemplar
The Bad Detective (1996) 22 exemplar
Crime Writers (1978) — Redaktör; Bidragsgivare — 21 exemplar
Is Skin Deep, Is Fatal (1965) 21 exemplar
Into the Valley of Death (1986) 21 exemplar
Bribery, Corruption Also (1999) 20 exemplar
Death and the Visiting Firemen (1962) 20 exemplar
Murder Must Appetize (1975) 19 exemplar
One Man and His Bomb (2006) 19 exemplar
Great Crimes (1982) 17 exemplar
Death of a Fat God (1963) 14 exemplar
The Man Who ... (1992) — Redaktör; Bidragsgivare — 13 exemplar
Crime Waves: No. 1 (1991) — Redaktör; Bidragsgivare — 12 exemplar
A Rush on the Ultimate (1961) 12 exemplar
In Kensington Gardens Once (1997) 12 exemplar
Mrs. Craggs: Crimes Cleaned Up (1985) 11 exemplar
The Underside (1974) 10 exemplar
Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady [1991 film] (1991) — Screenplay — 6 exemplar
A Kind of Light (2017) 4 exemplar
Jack, the Lady Killer (2000) 4 exemplar
Strong Man (1971) 4 exemplar
Majumdar Uncle 2 exemplar
Brave New Murder 2 exemplar
Fora de combat (El Cangur) (1972) 2 exemplar
Lucky Alphonse (1982) 1 exemplar
Blood on My Mind (1972) 1 exemplar
The Justice Boy 1 exemplar

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Beginning With a Bash (1937) — Introduced By — 80 exemplar
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A Classic English Crime: 13 Stories for the Christie Centenary (1990) — Bidragsgivare — 76 exemplar
A Classic Christmas Crime (1995) — Bidragsgivare — 75 exemplar
The Detection Collection (2005) — Bidragsgivare — 74 exemplar
Verdict of 13 (1978) — Bidragsgivare — 69 exemplar
2nd Culprit: A Crime Writers' Association Annual (1993) — Bidragsgivare — 64 exemplar
The Best British Mysteries 2006 (2005) — Bidragsgivare — 62 exemplar
1st Culprit: A Crime Writers' Association Annual (1992) — Bidragsgivare — 58 exemplar
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Mystery for Christmas (1990) — Bidragsgivare — 49 exemplar
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3rd Culprit: An Annual of Crime Stories (1994) — Bidragsgivare — 40 exemplar
Mysterious Pleasures (2003) — Bidragsgivare — 33 exemplar
Great Law and Order Stories (1990) — Bidragsgivare — 29 exemplar
Perfectly Criminal (1996) — Bidragsgivare — 23 exemplar
The Verdict of Us All (2006) — Bidragsgivare — 21 exemplar
Great detective stories (1998) — Bidragsgivare — 20 exemplar
Royal Crimes (1994) — Bidragsgivare — 17 exemplar
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1985 (1985) — Bidragsgivare — 13 exemplar
The Ethnic Detectives: Masterpieces of Mystery Fiction (1985) — Bidragsgivare — 11 exemplar
The Rigby File (1989) — Bidragsgivare — 11 exemplar
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1983 (1983) — Bidragsgivare — 8 exemplar
En Kriminelt god jul : femten svarte julefortellinger (2006) — Bidragsgivare — 6 exemplar
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1981 (1981) — Bidragsgivare — 6 exemplar
Winter's Crimes 13 (1981) — Bidragsgivare — 6 exemplar
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1977 (1977) — Bidragsgivare — 6 exemplar
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1990 (1990) — Bidragsgivare — 5 exemplar
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1987 (1987) — Bidragsgivare — 5 exemplar
Julian Symons : a bibliography (1996) — Förord — 5 exemplar
Winter's Crimes 19 (1987) 5 exemplar
Winter's Crimes 15 (1983) 5 exemplar
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1984 (1984) — Bidragsgivare — 4 exemplar
Past Crimes: Perfectly Criminal 3 (1998) — Bidragsgivare — 4 exemplar
Julian Symons at 80: A Tribute (1992) — Bidragsgivare — 4 exemplar
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1982 (1982) — Bidragsgivare — 3 exemplar
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1978 (1978) — Bidragsgivare — 3 exemplar
Winter's Crimes 7 (1975) — Bidragsgivare — 3 exemplar
John Creasey's Crime Collection, 1980 (1980) — Bidragsgivare — 2 exemplar


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Vedertaget namn
Keating, H. R. F.
Namn enligt folkbokföringen
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
Priser och utmärkelser
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.… (mer)
MHThaung | 1 annan recension | 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 andra recensioner | 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
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.
… (mer)
alanteder | 6 andra recensioner | Nov 30, 2022 |



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