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Heads You Lose

Heads You Lose Pigeonsford Estate is playing host to a group of close friends when one of their number Grace Morland is found dead in a ditch The murder is made even unusual by the fact that Grace was wearing her

  • Title: Heads You Lose
  • Author: Christianna Brand
  • ISBN: 9780553272208
  • Page: 278
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pigeonsford Estate is playing host to a group of close friends when one of their number, Grace Morland, is found dead in a ditch The murder is made even unusual by the fact that Grace was wearing her friend Francesca s hat, the same hat that only the day before she d claimed she wouldn t be caught dead wearing Inspector Cockrill has known most of the friends since tPigeonsford Estate is playing host to a group of close friends when one of their number, Grace Morland, is found dead in a ditch The murder is made even unusual by the fact that Grace was wearing her friend Francesca s hat, the same hat that only the day before she d claimed she wouldn t be caught dead wearing Inspector Cockrill has known most of the friends since they were children They are all from good families and very close to one another how, then, could one of them be a cold blooded killer And if one of them had murdered Grace which one was it and why had they done it First published in 1941, Heads You Lose is a classic country house mystery that proves that in every friendship there are secrets, some of which are best left buried.Listening Length 5 hours and 56 minutes

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    1. 3.5★I'll start by saying I prefer reading uncensored. If a few offensive words or expressions are edited out, who knows what else could be changed?But Brand's first anti-Semitic comment (yes, there was more than one) was tossed out so casually. For me this made it all the more shocking. This may explain why Brand's adult books are now so hard to find.Before the book begins we are given a character list, which finishes with;Among these very ordinary people were found two victims and a murderer. [...]

    2. Any Christianna Brand re-issue will be welcomed by me and it is wonderful to see her books appearing on kindle. Best known for her series of Nurse Matilda childrens books, she also wrote many excellent crime novels. This is the first Inspector Cockrill book and, as so often in Golden Age Detective stories, we are in the familiar territory of the house party. Set during WWII, Stephen Pendock is the Squire of the local village. Staying with him are Lady Hart, a friend of the family, her granddaugh [...]

    3. The anti-Semitism was bad, the classism worse, but both were of the period. It was the mystery itself, trite and overwrought, with red herrings screaming "Look at me!", that was unforgivable.

    4. Finally read my first Inspector Cockrill story. (********** this computer)I've long loved the movie of Green for Danger (/title/tt0038577/?) and had that book on my shelf for several years. But was having trouble getting into it. Then the books started coming out on Kindle.Finally got pushed into reading this one (a buddy read) and I really enjoyed it. The murders were a little grisly. Love the part where they are at the inquest and the coroner is going over the injuries and various members of t [...]

    5. 3.5* I enjoyed this first Inspector Cockrill mystery, which was a quick read. It wasn't as good as the only other one I have read, Green For Danger; I think Cockrill being friends with the suspects hampered things a bit.

    6. I owe Martin Edwards, solicitor, writer and editor, a debt of gratitude. Without his anthology, The Long Arm of the Law: Classic Police Stories, I should never have heard of British author Christianna Brand or of her clever creation, Inspector Cockerill. He so charmed me with his mocking deflation of a retired police blowhard in “After the Event” that I simply had to have more Cockerill. Heads You Lose’s release in 1941 marked the first appearance of Inspector Cockerill. The gruff but clev [...]

    7. An enjoyable read. I first heard of Brand when reading the wartime diaries of Nella Last, who read her books with great pleasure. Last had to keep such books from her husband Will, or read them aloud "editing" as she went, as anything violent or unpleasant upset him. It's a safe bet, then, that she kept this one to herself.What appears at first to be the classic house-party murder is rather darker than the run of Christie and Sayers and co as two women are beheaded in the most grisly manner. We [...]

    8. The first book featuring Inspector Cockrill, this Golden Age mystery was first published in 1941. Against the backdrop of WWII, a group of friends have gathered in a country manor house, the Pideonsford Estate. But perhaps some friendships aren’t all that close, and soon heads begin to roll. Literally. When a neighbor is found dead, it quickly becomes apparent that the killer is one of the party guests, even though, of course, theyall maintain their innocence. When Cockrill arrives to investig [...]

    9. Classic Murder mystery fiction. A lovely glimpse at how these books were once written. An excellent piece of reading for writers doing research into the British Upper middle Classes during WWII.Clever writing, a tricky plot and a chuckle for those of us 'moderns' who enjoy stock characters being given a new lease of life. If the 'frightfully gay young things' irritate a little the reader can always reflect that those ways were an attempt to hide the effects of the war.A book for Agatha Christie [...]

    10. another bad one. spoiler alert: This one asks us to believe that a man can commit really gruesome murders (like beheadings) without knowing it. Then it asks us to believe that he realizes that he is a serial murderer while he's commiting a murder and manages to shoot himself "to save the victim" AND that everybody is GRATEFUL to him and remembers him kindly after that! Sheesh!!!!

    11. Just okIt wasn't hard to figure out the murderer. The mystery was why his or her close friends didn't notice how creepy that person was. I guess they were just too busy being charming and adorable.

    12. I thought it was mediocre but serviceable until we got to the end and then I hated it so much that if it were a real book instead of a kindle book I would have thrown it across the room in disgust.

    13. An enjoyable quick read, written in a humorous style that I appreciated. It is the 'standard' impossible murder in a country house of golden-age mysteries: no footprints in the snow, limited list of suspects with unbreakable alibis. On the negative side, the ending is not satisfying and the book is very politically incorrect.

    14. Green for Danger is one of my favorite detective films, mainly because of the brilliant Alastair Sims's portrayal of Inspector Cockrill and the WWII setting. I read that book years ago and enjoyed it, but it didn't spur me on to read additional Brands. Now i have read two more, this one Heads You Lose, and Fog of Doubt and I doubt I will read anymore. In both of them, Cockrill is practically a minor character, acting as detective, but the stories are told from the point of view of the various su [...]

    15. This is a reissue of a murder mystery written in the 1940's. I received an ARC of this title for evaluation.I realize that when I read first-printing classic mysteries, there are going to be things that I'll have to make allowances for, because they were printed a long time ago. Things have changed since my parents' infancy, and that's a good thing.But when a publisher reissues an out-of-print work and leaves in every single offensive non-plot-related remark (ex: "horrid little Jew"), I have to [...]

    16. A solid classic English country-house mystery. It is slightly marred by the casual bigotry of the time: One character is Jewish, and it gets mentioned, often, in not so nice terms--but, then again, said character has married into the main family, and there are several mentions of how much his wife loves him, so in fairness, it's not a completely evil caricature.I was curious about this, because I recently saw an old, WWII-era movie featuring her Inspector Cockrill character. The movie was pretty [...]

    17. Although it's winter and wartime, Stephen Pendock is entertaining a congenial house-party of old friends. The only conflict comes from two men who are in love with the same young woman. There is some talk of the murder that had occurred last year, but that was surely the crime of a wandering maniac of some sort. Then one of the neighbors dies in much the same way, and next to the body is left an item from the locked house. Despite suspicions, everyone in the house is sure that the criminal came [...]

    18. I was disappointed by this mystery, as I expected something clever, and instead I felt the resolution was more of a deus ex machine. I hate those. Give me something clever to sort out OR give me an omniscient detective who figures it out, but don't blame it on something ridiculous. Fortunately I read this most quickly and got it cheaply on , but it disappointed me greatly too. ARRRGGG. I wanted to cry out.

    19. I enjoyed the characters and the writing, but was really dissatisfied with the ending. It presented a picture of mental illness that I found completely unconvincing. Well, I'll have to read some of her other books and see if I like them better.

    20. As a fan of Agatha Christie's mysteries, I wanted to explore some other writers from the Golden Age of mystery. I was disappointed at a couple of early Ngaio Marsh novels, but I really enjoyed this one by Christianna Brand.The writing is excellent, and Brand is really good at depicting vivid characters. The emphasis is not so much on Inspector Cockrill and his investigation, but on the psychology of the people involved and on how they perceive the situation.The last part of the novel is like a r [...]

    21. This book is very much n the tradition of Agatha Christie and other mystery writers of their time. The author was a Christie contemporary, and this publisher is bringing back authors of that era to a new generation of readers. Wonderful! 6 suspects at country estate in England during WW2 and two grisly murders and one police detective and his constables trying to solve these murders. Are these two related to one committed in the same way the previous summer? Oh the surprises and the plausible sc [...]

    22. Dated, offensive anti-semitism and an inspector with no personality. Ridiculous plot. I originally thought the racism might be part of the characterization, but no! To say it was "of the time" , puhlease. Agatha Christie was of the time and you don't see any of that, as I can remember, in her novels. Of course, she was an exceedingly smart woman and I appreciate her more now when I see how well constructed her books were, compared to this claptrap. I can't believe Otto Penzler gave it a decent r [...]

    23. Very good story, with likable characters of the time. I really liked Inspector Cockrill finding him very entertaining. Will definitely go on to read more in this series.

    24. Wow! I did not see that ending coming! This was a brilliant mystery! I will definitely finish the whole series if this 1st story is anything to go by.

    25. A charming classic English manor house mystery set in the 1940s, with a limited cast of suspects. We even get a helpful list of the 10 main characters with the statement: among these are 2 victims and a murderer. Love the Golden Age style. Although I must say the resolution felt too dated in attitude, most of the book's style was a pleasurable throwback.

    26. HEADS YOU LOSE, Christianna Brand, 1941, Inspector Cockrill #1, rural England, early in WWII. Some plot elements extremely "dated" now; still entertaining, but not her best work. Three-and-one-half stars out of five.A 40ish spinster with a nasty tongue is found dead in a ditch, her head cut off, having recently quarreled with pretty nearly everybody she knew at The Big House near a small village. Beautifully wrought timetable plot mixed with “lunatic at large” overtones, focused on a wealthy [...]

    27. This is the first book by Christiana Brand that introduces the character of Inspector Cockrill. A group of friends gather at Pigeonsford Cottage, the home of Stephen Pendock, the squire of the village. There is Lady Hart, grandmother to Fran and Venetia; Venetia's husband, Henry; and Fran's suitor, James. The excitement begins when Pendock's butler, Bunsen, runs to the house after finding neighbor, Grace Morland, dead in the ditch in front of the cottage. Cockrill begins his investigation immedi [...]

    28. If you like a classic puzzle mystery as I do, you'll enjoy this one. This is the second Brand mystery I've read, the first being Green for Danger, which is considered her best, but I enjoyed this one equally. (I do have to take off one star for the anti-Semitic comments, though probably typical of the period.) Inspector Cockrill returns to solve the mystery of who killed and decapitated two (and possibly three) women when the closed group of suspects are all seemingly accounted for. I enjoy the [...]

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