Welcome to Alderley, a magnificent mansion in the heart of the West Country where a grand house party is taking place. The preparations have been made, the guests have been invited, and the staff are on hand. What could possibly go wrong? Let the entertainment begin.
The theft of the diamond necklace and the antique pistols might all be explained, but the body in the lake - that really was a puzzle. 'Don't expect me to solve anything,' Inspector Wilkens announced modestly when he arrived to sort out the unpleasantness. And at a gathering that included English aristocracy, foreign agents in disguise, a ravishing baroness, a daring jewel thief, a Texas millionaire and, of course, the imperturbable butler, it was going to take some intricate sleuthing to uncover who killed whom and why.
©1975 James Anderson (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
Narrative makes the world go round.
The novel follows through on its title -- a very funny, campy "manor house" murder mystery set on eve of WWII. The crazy-quilt denouement was, however, too long for my tastes although lovers of convoluted Golden Age homages may like the multiple twists. Cornelius Garret displays virtuosity, but I would have preferred more restrained voices for some of the international accents. I look forward to the subsequent "mangled mink" affair and hope that Audible unearths more from Anderson.
I love mysteries in the style of P.D. James, Rex Stout, Elizabeth Peters, Dave Duncan, etc. I love sci fi written by Issac Asimov (the robot books), Douglas Adams, Jack McDevitt (Alex Benedict series) and Susan Collins. I love fantasy written by Terry Pratchett, and Kim Harrison. I love Kate Morton. I don't like graphic descriptions of violence.
I was thoroughly enjoying this story until the final wrap up, and then things got so unnecessarily convoluted that I needed a cheat sheet showing where each character was at every moment in connection with every other character. I enjoyed the writing style and the characters and the fact that there was no unnecessary violence. He came so close, I will probably give the author another try. The narrator was good, except that the female voices were a little funky.
Cornelius Garret could read the phone book and I would pay to listen. He is the reason I discovered James Anderson. I highly recommend this book. It is a mystery that you could solve IF you pay attention to the details. Really close attention. Really. Close. Attention. If you enjoy Agatha Christy type mysteries please read The Affair of the blood stained Egg Cosy. Garret brigs a myriad of quirky characters together that are so distinct it is impossible to remember that only one person is reading.
I was expecting a comfortable cosy murder mystery, per other people's reviews. This story starts off alright, but rapidly degenerates into complete implausibility combined with too many characters and not much character development. Maybe it is better in the print version - perhaps there are maps of the murder scene or other visual aids to help the reader enjoy the story.
"Enjoyable murder mystery"
A brilliantly read murder mystery. Lots of humor, many twists in the story and Cornelius Garret who is one of my all time favorite narrators - with his brilliant characterization. A very enjoyable listen.
"old fashoned murder mystery"
yes a great listern
very clear voice
easy going,fun in places old fashioned murder mystery
Foreign dignitaries , American billionaires, Spies, a jewel thief and a baroness among others all converge at a house party where a murder is committed enter Inspector Wilkins and Sergeant Leather. A most enjoyable whodunnit. Cornelius Garrett, as always, brilliant!
"What a treat!!"
Absolutely. A murder-mystery set in a stately home, laugh-out-loud humour, a police man who claims not to be 'sanguine' but who solves the mystery anyway - it's wonderful
Finding out who did the darstardly deed!
I don't know, the whole thing was a joy.
Laugh, titter, giggle, you name it, I did it.
I tend to be a bit conservative about what I read - I don't like 'dark', 'edgy', 'gory', swearing, etc, but this was fantastic.
"A deceptive dunce of a detective delivers"
Really enjoyable, misleadingly easy reading. For anyone who loves period fiction with flamboyant characters and a country bumpkin police officer!
"Perfect Cosy Detective Story"
I probably wouldn't listen to it again because it's a whodunit.
My favourite character was probably Jane. She was very human and believable, and it was nice to have a strong resourceful female character.
His handling of the voices was very good and I think added to the characterization. He has a very pleasant voice which suits the book.
No, although I did listen to it over only a few days.
The plot was satisfyingly twisty.
I kept finding things to do round the house so I could keep listening! Lovely reading, interesting characters, Agatha Chrisite~esque reveal at the end. Definitely what our American cousins call a cosy crime so the minimal time spent describing anything horrid and oodles of time spent with the characters. Better than most, not as great as Georgette Heyer's detective novels though.
"Superb cheeky twist on classic c'try house whoduni"
Wasn't sure what to expect butas the superb narration unfolded I became increasingly hooked. A knowing and respectful episode in the early 20th C country house whodunit gwnre. Highly recommend, it will bring a smile to your lips, especially fans or Agatha Christie.
Fabulous. Great narrator. Will be buying more James Anderson. Stumbled across this author by mistake, and so glad I did.
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