Old Hall, New Hall
Author: Michael Innes
The forbears of Sir John Jory, of New Hall, would seem to have committed several foul acts, including
tomb-robbery and murder. Old Hall, the family's former residence, is now a University. Biographer Colin
Clout, engaged to write an account of one of Jory's ancestors, gets caught up in a frenzied treasure hunt
as rival interests and rival claimants probe the past and naked greed comes to the fore.
Born in Edinburgh , John Innes Mackintosh Stewart was educated at Oriel College, Oxford. After
graduation he went to Vienna, to study Freudian psychoanalysis for a year. His first book, an edition of
Florio's translation of Montaigne, got him a lectureship at the University of Leeds. In later years he taught
at the universities of Adelaide, Belfast and Oxford. Under his pseudonym, Michael Innes, he wrote a
highly successful series of mystery stories. His most famous character is Inspector John Appleby, who
inspired a penchant for donnish detective fiction that lasts to this day. His other well-known character is
Honeybath, the painter and rather reluctant detective, who first appeared in The Mysterious Commission,
in 1975. Stewart's last novel, Appleby and the Ospreys, appeared in 1986.