Maxwell's Inspection (Peter Maxwell Mystery)

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There comes a time in every teacher’s life when he must face his Nemesis - the four-yearly Ofsted Inspection. The team arrives at Leighford High one glorious summer and proceeds to stick its collective nose into various classrooms. The immediate problem of Head of Sixth Form, Peter Maxwell, is the attractive and vivacious Sally Meninger, a Humanities expert who proceeds to cast aspersions on Maxwell’s metier as a teacher. Out on the town one night to relieve the tension, the Head of Sixth Form finds her in an intimate situation with her fellow Inspector, Alan Whiting. On the third day, with the atmosphere at the High School decidedly fraught, Whiting is found stabbed to death in the office set aside for the Inspection team. The police are called in and Maxwell cannot help but notice that Sally is not as distraught at Whiting’s death as might be expected. It emerges that her private life is somewhat irregular - a view reinforced when Maxwell catches her in flagrante with his Headmaster, James Diamond. Events move quickly and Diamond is arrested on suspicion of the murder of Whiting But is it that simple? Aided by his inside informant, lover DS Jacquie Carpenter, Maxwell sets out to prove that his colleague is innocent. And the only way to do it is to take on the Inspectors one by one...

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M.J. Trow has written highly praised historical biographies as well as studies of true crime. He is also a very successful novelist. Among his recent publications are lives of Boudicca, Vlad the Impaler, Kit Marlowe, the hero of the Charge of the Light Brigade, Captain William Morris, War Crimes: Underworld Britain in the Second World War and The Cato Street Conspiracy. He has produced several best-selling accounts of criminal cases, in particular volumes on Derek Bentley, the Wigwam Murder and Jack the Ripper, but he is perhaps best known for his many novels which include the Lestrade and Maxwell series.

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Murder seems to follow Peter (Mad Max) Maxwell, history teacher and head of sixth form at Leighford High School. In the ninth of the Maxwell series, the school is in the midst of inspection week when one of the inspectors is murdered. An unlikely hero, Maxwell wrestles with the problem of whodunit in the midst of relationship problems, trying to teach school, and marking exercise books. Peter Wickham grumbles good-naturedly as Max offers his sometimes scathing, sometimes soft-hearted musings on colleagues and students. Wickham makes Max's penchant for contemporary similes and allusions to pop-culture icons sound natural, while his portrayal of a rock band, the Yawning Hippos, is priceless. Despite some confusing British school jargon, Peter Wickham's flashy performance and M. J. Trow's expertly drawn characters will not disappoint. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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