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Publisher's Summary

Written in 1912 as a light-hearted reaction against the solemnity of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Trent's Last Case, with its ingeniously twisting plot and cheerfully self-mocking hero, is the first classic of the golden age of English detective fiction.

When a powerful and ruthless American millionaire is found murdered in his English country garden, Philip Trent - English painter, poetry lover, and amateur detective - delves into the crime. He successively uncovers three different, plausible solutions to the murder, and in the process, comes face to face with his own fallibility, in detection and in romance.

(P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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"One of the three best detective stories ever written." (Agatha Christie)

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It might be right for you, not my cup of tea

I like some of the early 1900's British authors, Wodehouse being among my favorite authors, and in the beginning I felt like I had landed on something. The use of language is excellent, some beautiful turn of phrase, likeable characters workable plot, okay, so far so good. Then, things just ploded on and on, the so called romance consisted of a speech then a proposal of marriage, the total chivalry consisted of the lead character being to worried about the love interests "honor" to talk to her after he investigated her husbands murder. In the end there is an attempt to wow the reader with several ending slight of hands which consist of two conversations that are supposed to stun you. I wanted to like this book, the writer is obviously talented and the dialog is intellegent and well done, alas, I just did not warm to it. Having said all of this there is no reason if you are a fan of great dialog and turn of the century British mystery then you may like this book, it is written with talent and style.

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  • Frank
  • west hills, CA, United States
  • 04-04-10

A True Classic Detective Novel

Trent's Last Case is always mentioned in any substantive 100 best mysteries of the past 100 years. Now I know why. An outstanding piece of intelligent plotting combined with a romantic sub-plot that brought a tear to my eye. It was beautifully read and I was sorry when it came to the end.

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  • LHENWaJaBF
  • 10-26-17

Easily in top 5 of Classic Murder Mysteries

Trent's last case is the best of the series on the amateur sleuth.
Admired by Benson's contemporaries, Sayers, Christie and others, this book often tops the list of favourites in their own genre by his fellow professionals'. Is there higher praise?
It is easily five stars for me, and highly recommended to all those who love classic murder mysteries. LF London.

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  • A. Smedley
  • 05-16-17

Surprisingly good

What made the experience of listening to Trent's Last Case the most enjoyable?

Excellent reader and very good story. I had not read any of his books before but would like to now.

What did you like best about this story?

Unexpected twists and turns. Beautifully read.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The end. It was very surprising and satisfying .

Any additional comments?

First chapter is slow but stick with it! From chapter 2 it is totally gripping!

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  • Valerie
  • 01-11-11

Trents Last Case

Narration spoiled the story completly