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Rosy Gilchrist and her hesitant sidekicks, Felix Smythe and Professor Cedric Dillworthy, are visiting Cambridge: Rosy to attend a Newnham reunion, and Felix and Cedric to attend preparations for the unveiling of a statue of the latter's old tutor. But plans for the statue are far from set in stone, and the meddling Gloria Biggs-Boothby is determined to see it created by an Rosy Gilchrist and her hesitant sidekicks, Felix Smythe and Professor Cedric Dillworthy, are visiting Cambridge: Rosy to attend a Newnham reunion, and Felix and Cedric to attend preparations for the unveiling of a statue of the latter's old tutor. But plans for the statue are far from set in stone, and the meddling Gloria Biggs-Boothby is determined to see it created by another artist. It's inconvenient, then, when he turns up dead... As Rosy and her associates become increasingly embroiled in events, they face a number of teasing questions: is the deaf and frail Emeritus Prof. Aldous Phipps quite as benign as he seems? Is the Bursar a secret misogynist with a rooted aversion to large women (e.g. to Gloria)? And who is the unwitting husband that Dr John Smithers is so busy cuckolding?


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Rosy Gilchrist and her hesitant sidekicks, Felix Smythe and Professor Cedric Dillworthy, are visiting Cambridge: Rosy to attend a Newnham reunion, and Felix and Cedric to attend preparations for the unveiling of a statue of the latter's old tutor. But plans for the statue are far from set in stone, and the meddling Gloria Biggs-Boothby is determined to see it created by an Rosy Gilchrist and her hesitant sidekicks, Felix Smythe and Professor Cedric Dillworthy, are visiting Cambridge: Rosy to attend a Newnham reunion, and Felix and Cedric to attend preparations for the unveiling of a statue of the latter's old tutor. But plans for the statue are far from set in stone, and the meddling Gloria Biggs-Boothby is determined to see it created by another artist. It's inconvenient, then, when he turns up dead... As Rosy and her associates become increasingly embroiled in events, they face a number of teasing questions: is the deaf and frail Emeritus Prof. Aldous Phipps quite as benign as he seems? Is the Bursar a secret misogynist with a rooted aversion to large women (e.g. to Gloria)? And who is the unwitting husband that Dr John Smithers is so busy cuckolding?

30 review for The Cambridge Plot

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rose A

    An undemanding easy read (which was just what I was looking for) but not my favourite from the series. People were far too inclined to confess - it didn’t seem plausible. Cedric and Felix remain excellent.

  2. 4 out of 5

    David Grieve

    A witty and enjoyable murder mystery that pokes fun at a number of 1960s middle class stereotypes as it goes along. Felix and Cedric make a great double act, albeit they are caricatures, and Rosy Gilchrist ends up playing second fiddle to them. The plot is fairly simple and takes a while to get going and, as with the characters, everything is slightly blown out of proportion and unlikely. Providing you are willing to suspend disbelieve you should enoy it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Claudouse Montrec

    Not something special but rather an easy and pleasant read. I wanted to read a story set in Cambridge to revive my good memories of the city and I'd say it quite paid off. I'd appreciate it if anyone had to suggest any other interesting novels taking place in Cambridge. It's my favourite place in England. Not something special but rather an easy and pleasant read. I wanted to read a story set in Cambridge to revive my good memories of the city and I'd say it quite paid off. I'd appreciate it if anyone had to suggest any other interesting novels taking place in Cambridge. It's my favourite place in England.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Kukwa

    It's a neat little package of wit that pokes fun at stuffy British-ness in the 1960s, but the pace is glacial; it felt like it was taking an inordinately long time to read such a short book. Ironically, once the murders begin, it actually becomes a less interesting book. The novel is worth it for the double act of Cedric & Felix...they deserve a series of novels all to themselves. It's a neat little package of wit that pokes fun at stuffy British-ness in the 1960s, but the pace is glacial; it felt like it was taking an inordinately long time to read such a short book. Ironically, once the murders begin, it actually becomes a less interesting book. The novel is worth it for the double act of Cedric & Felix...they deserve a series of novels all to themselves.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    Sorry, not one I'd recommend. I thought it would be about the way the 3 main characters suss out a crime, but they are almost completely incidental to what's discovered. A few too many far-fetched co-incidences. Sorry, not one I'd recommend. I thought it would be about the way the 3 main characters suss out a crime, but they are almost completely incidental to what's discovered. A few too many far-fetched co-incidences.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Norris

    Blegh, the cover was more interesting than the book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    DNF

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Not for me. Supercilious characters and no real plot line. Just couldn’t get into it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    Oh my, I love love love these books! So pithy and quick! Love the settings and the characters are fun, no other way to put it! Can't wait for the next book!!! Oh my, I love love love these books! So pithy and quick! Love the settings and the characters are fun, no other way to put it! Can't wait for the next book!!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    S V Pitts

  11. 5 out of 5

    Agatha The Battleaxe

  12. 4 out of 5

    Angela

  13. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Dickinson

  14. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Pepper

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Hempsall

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nettie

  17. 5 out of 5

    Chris Collier-Roberts

  18. 5 out of 5

    Graham Tyson

  19. 4 out of 5

    Britt-inger Johansson

  20. 4 out of 5

    Les Pepper

  21. 4 out of 5

    Robin Piper

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lys

  23. 5 out of 5

    Hilary Walker

  24. 5 out of 5

    Laura

  25. 4 out of 5

    Megan

  26. 5 out of 5

    Charles

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Pennicott-Hall

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

  29. 4 out of 5

    Chloe

  30. 5 out of 5

    Christine Ta

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