Inspector Appleby by Michael Innes
Inspector Appleby is the protagonist in a series of crime fiction novels by Scottish novelist Michael Innes (James Innes Mackinstosh Stewart). Sir John Appleby starts out as a detective inspector with Scotland Yard. As time passes, he moves up the ranks of the outfit.

Michael Innes began his Inspector Appleby series in 1936 with the novel Death at the President’s Lodging. The series includes 32 novels and 4 short story collections. The last novel in the series is Appleby and the Ospreys, published in 1986. In 2010, 18 uncollected stories were released in the collection Appleby Talks About Crime. Below is a list of Michael Innes’ Inspector Appleby books in order of when they were first released (which is the same as their chronological order):

Publication Order of Inspector Appleby Books


Death at the President's Lodging(1936) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hamlet, Revenge!(1937) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lament for a Maker(1938) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Stop Press(1939) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Secret Vanguard(1940) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
There Came Both Mist and Snow(1940) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Appleby on Ararat(1941) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Daffodil Affair(1942) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Weight of the Evidence(1943) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Appleby's End(1945) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Night of Errors(1947) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Operation Pax(1951) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Private View(1952) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Appleby Plays Chicken(1957) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Long Farewell(1958) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hare Sitting Up(1959) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Silence Observed(1961) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Connoisseur's Case(1962) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Bloody Wood(1966) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Appleby at Allington(1968) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Family Affair(1969) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death at the Chase(1970) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
An Awkward Lie(1971) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Open House(1972) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Appleby's Answer(1973) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Appleby's Other Story(1974) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Gay Phoenix(1976) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Ampersand Papers(1978) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sheiks and Adders(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Appleby and Honeybath(1983) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Carson's Conspiracy(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Appleby and the Ospreys(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Inspector Appleby Collections


Appleby Talking(1954) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Appleby Talks Again(1956) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Appleby File(1975) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Appleby Talks About Crime(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: Death at the President’s Lodging was also published as Seven Suspects. Stop Press was also titled The Spider Strikes. There Came Both Mist and Snow was also known as A Comedy of Terrors. Operation Pax was also released as The Paper Thunderbolt. A Private View was also published under the titles of One-Man Show and Murder is an Art. Appleby Plays Chicken was also known as Death on a Quiet Day. A Connoisseur’s Case was also titled The Crabtree Affair. Appleby at Allington was also published under the title Death by Water. A Family Affair was also released under the title Picture of Guilt. Appleby Talking was also known as Dead Man’s Shoes.

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Inspector Appleby Synopsis: The first novel to feature Sir John Appleby is Death at the President’s Lodging by Michael Innes. When the president of St. Anthony’s College is found dead – murdered – in his lodging, Inspector Appleby is called in. It is soon apparent that the only people who had motive to kill him are the only ones who had the opportunity. His lodging is locked at night, and the only ones with keys are the Fellows.

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