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The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy | [James Anderson]

The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 05-03-13
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 05-03-13

    Narrative makes the world go round.

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    "the title says it all"

    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.

    27 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Woodville, TX, United States 10-11-13
    Marie Woodville, TX, United States 10-11-13 Member Since 2013

    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.

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    "It had me right up to the end"
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    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    KAS 02-13-15
    KAS 02-13-15 Member Since 2013

    Alex's Mom

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    "Cornelius Garret!!!"

    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.

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    Jennifer 08-31-13
    Jennifer 08-31-13
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    "Dull after a good start."

    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.

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  • kerry
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    "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!

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  • Ms. Diane Nicholls
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    2/27/15
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    "old fashoned murder mystery"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy to be better than the print version?

    yes a great listern


    What other book might you compare The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy to, and why?

    Agather christie


    What about Cornelius Garrett’s performance did you like?

    very clear voice


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    classic whodunnit


    Any additional comments?

    easy going,fun in places old fashioned murder mystery

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  • bookeholic
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    "Brilliant"

    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!

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