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Trent's Last Case | [E C. Bentley]

Trent's Last Case

Considered by many to be the first modern mystery novel, Trent's Last Case introduces the gentleman sleuth Philip Trent, a freelance reporter and invistigator. Trent becomes involved in the case of the murder of millionaire American financier Sigsbee Manderson, slain while on holiday in England.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Simon Vance excels here at what he does best: portraying through accent, pace, and intonation the traditional British social outlook. Fans of the classic detective story will delight in a novel that's wonderfully rooted in pre-WWI Britain - and probably could not have been written or published in any other time or place. With its vintage race and gender attitudes and its bland and unquestioning assumptions about class, merit, and social standing, that milieu is as interesting, or more so, as the murder case that sends Trent into retirement. Perfectly articulated by Vance - whose mimicry of the female voice is not, alas, its finest feature - this novel from the old school is a curiosity, a connoisseur's piece, and an afternoon's worth of listening pleasure.

Publisher's Summary

Considered by many to be the first modern mystery novel, Trent's Last Case introduces the gentleman sleuth Philip Trent, a freelance reporter and investigator.

Trent becomes involved in the case of the murder of millionaire American financier Sigsbee Manderson, slain while on holiday in England. During the course of his investigation, Trent falls in love with one of the primary suspects. And while he collects evidence and becomes convinced that he has cracked the case, he turns out to be well off the mark when the real murderer tells Trent just how wrong his conclusions were. An inspiration to writers like Agatha Christie and G.K. Chesterton, Trent's Last Case is a classic of the mystery genre.

(P)2006 Tantor Media, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The prototype of the modern detective novel." (The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature)

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    Roxane RIO RANCHO, NM, United States 06-17-10
    Roxane RIO RANCHO, NM, United States 06-17-10 Member Since 2008
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    "A real find!"

    As a fan of "The Golden Age of British Mysteries," I had read frequent allusions to this book as one of the founding works of the genre, but had never come across a copy. So I was thrilled to find this version read by Simon Vance, whom I think is one of the most reliably good readers in the business.

    And the book lived up to the hype--it contains foreshadowings of everyone from Sayers to Tey, and is a very satisfying and well-written tale in its own right.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Noblesville, IN, United States 03-13-13
    Amazon Customer Noblesville, IN, United States 03-13-13 Member Since 2006

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    "Good story as long as you don't mind delays"

    I was unsure what to expect with this, and was pleasantly surprised. My only complaint about this was that the plot too so many detours that I kept losing interest. If I had been reading this book I would have either skipped chapters or not finished it. Due to the delightful narration I kept listening with only mild annoyance. I will be looking for more works by this author and especially more works by the narrator.

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    Jane Shiner, TX, United States 02-20-13
    Jane Shiner, TX, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Bought for Simon Vance narration"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No. It is rather forgettable as it is.


    Would you recommend Trent's Last Case to your friends? Why or why not?

    Maybe.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't remember a single one! However, I do remember lots of scenes from The Watch That Ends The Night: Voices from the Titanic.


    Did Trent's Last Case inspire you to do anything?

    To be more selective in my ordering, perhaps paying more for some of my Audiobooks than in the past.


    Any additional comments?

    When this book was finished I remember thinking, well that was okay. Apparently it takes more than loving to hear Simon Vance's narration for something to stick in my memory.

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    ellen abingdon, VA, United States 02-13-10
    ellen abingdon, VA, United States 02-13-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Trents last case"

    interesting and enjoyable book, great narrator

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    James camby, IN, USA 02-06-08
    James camby, IN, USA 02-06-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Twist"

    Good Anti-Detective :-)

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