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The Fargenstropple Case (Terrence Morgan Mysteries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lia London
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When Chief Inspector Terrence Morgan was called up to the Fargenstropple estate again, he assumed it was for another wild goose chase. He was wrong. This time stolen family jewels, an enigmatic debutante and radio-controlled ferrets make the case a real mystery. Full of witty dialogue, slapstick humor, and plot twists, THE FARGENSTROPPLE CASE is sure to amuse and intrigue you.

Product Details

  • File Size: 362 KB
  • Print Length: 114 pages
  • Publisher: London Books (December 16, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008DZS84E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,130 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brighten your day with this funny mystery! June 12, 2014
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Every book that I've read by Lia London is different and clever. This one is so much fun! The title should give it away, but when you meet characters with names like Lady Chatterly (a cat), Mrs. Moulderswich, Crumfellow, Dr. Nigglesby, and Blandthorpe, you can't help but smile. The plot is as much fun as the crazy characters.

If you want to add some fun to your reading while Chief Inspector Morgan stumbles through this unusual case, you won't be disappointed. There are rats, a cat, ferrets, dogs and honking soccer fans to liven up the action. I dare you to get through this book without cracking a smile, maybe laughing out loud. Wait until you meet Mr. and Mrs. Blithering, that should do it. Well done Ms. London!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously Different June 27, 2013
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I enjoyed this book immensely during a recent road trip. (Don't worry, I wasn't driving.) It's a light read--short, sweet, and loaded with droll humor. Perfect for eating up the miles and blocking out the sound of squabbling children. But don't take this mystery too seriously. This isn't Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It more resembles the lip-twitching quirkiness of Tom Angleberger.

Here's a great example of London's dry wit: "Louisa Fargenstropple, Blandthorpe's maiden aunt, lived in the cottage on the back quarter of the estate. Though greatly advanced in years, she still drove herself about town, much to the annoyance of its citizens. She was not fond of the accelerator, and used it as sparingly as possible." The character names also add a fun dimension. Crumfellow, Moulderswitch, and Fargenstropple are just the sort of roll-off-your-tongue words my kids like to fling at each across the backseat while other people are trying to read. (Interspersed, of course, with "Are we there yet?" and "I have to go to the bathroom.")

As I was reading, I was trying to decide what made this book so much fun. Yes, the humor and quirkiness are entertaining, and the mystery is engaging, but it's so much more than that. This book has LIFE. The characters have real people idiosyncrasies. They're far-fetched and spot on at the same time. The Fargenstropples could be the crazy extended relatives you run into at your large family gatherings. (You know, the ones you go on road trips to avoid.) And London never misses with her timing. Put it all together and you have the kind of book that will make you grin from beginning to end.

Highly recommended for those with ticklish funny bones or those looking for something off the beaten path.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, Fun, and British! August 31, 2012
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Meet Chief (of should I say Chef?) inspector Terrence Morgan who is recruited to come up to Bloome Manor and solve a most baffling and also seemingly trivial mystery involving the excitable Lady Chatterly. The good inspector thinks he will have this one nailed in no time at all, but little does he know that he is about to embark on an adventure that will have him bitten by ferrets, falling on ashes, singing to hounds, wearing ladies clothes, and pursuing a love interest.

This book is an interactive fiction co-creation by author Lia London and several collaborators. The twists and turns of the plot are as funny as the British-sounding names of some of the characters including Mr. Crumbfellow, Mrs Moulderswich, and of course Millicent Fargenstropple. Reading this book reminded me of the BBC comedies that I used to watch with my family on NPR. The Brits have always been adept at capturing in everyday language the nuances of the human condition ranging from the solemn to the silly, and the author does a good job of reflecting this here.

Lia should be commended not only for writing a great story and doing it very well, but also for coordinating all the moving parts of this interactive experiment. The book is well formatted, has a functional table of contents, and each chapter has a distinctive title, which is something I always like because it makes navigating back and forth among the chapters easier.

If you want to relax, and have a good time "The Fargenstropple Case" is the book for you!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Romp of a mystery November 20, 2012
By Bex
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Outrageous in every way, this mystery is in the style of classic British humor - - - tongue in cheek. The characters are interesting, not the garden variety. Enjoyable read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, energetic story January 23, 2014
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Remember when your teachers used to say, "Reading is fun!" And the students would groan? They should hand out this book to the whole class. This book is just downright fun. It clips along at a fast pace without a wasted word. The characters are as wonderfully strange as their names and the mystery a good one that keeps the reader guessing all the way until the end. I can't pronounce the title, but I loved it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Farcical but in a good way... May 24, 2013
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The title gave an indication that this would be a bit of fun, and it was. Not to be taken too seriously, we're taken on a mystery ride with Inspector Terrence Morgan, a bit of a bumbling Chief Inspector in my humble opinion but extremely likeable, probably because he's human and not your usual macho maverick egotistic type of character. He is sent for firstly to find out what on earth is up with Lady Chatterley (don't want to give too much away at this point) and then to find some missing jewels. And that's when the adventure begins. There is humour; I wouldn't call it laugh-out-loud but you do find yourself chuckling quite often as you visualise the events as they unfold. It is well written with quirky but believeable characters with the most sumptuously unusual names. I wasn't disappointed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic and entertaining!
This was a very entertaining little book I really enjoyed! It's really like a British short story ~ sort of an Oscar-Wilde-meets-Benny-Hill type read! Read more
Published 27 days ago by Melinda Matthews
4.0 out of 5 stars Breezy Beach Read
Cute little novella--good beach read, which is why after breezing through it, I left my copy on the guest bookshelf in the lobby at my favorite place on the Cape.
Published 1 month ago by Shoe Prof
3.0 out of 5 stars Quirky but Formulaic
Something about this book never quite gelled for me. It was amusing watching the quirky characters and finding a little about their underpinnings, but you pretty much know... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Erimini
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun mystery
A fun little mystery with a wonderful hero and lovely debutante to enjoy along the way. When can I read the next one?
Published 3 months ago by jamie wilks
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast, Fun Read
THE FARGENSTROPPLE CASE is a fast, fun read. The quirky characters (human and animal alike) and zany situations kept me entertained from start to finish. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Marla Bradeen
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it! The Title is what really sparked my interest. What a name!
It was fun and clever and timeless. It read like a cozy mystery of the 1930's.
I could picture Carol Lombard or Myrna Loy as Jessica playing opposite William Powell or Cary... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ronald Verdosci
5.0 out of 5 stars Do yourself a favor - read this book!
I read The Fargenstropple Case on a day when I needed to smile and maybe giggle. Author Lia London provided me with both. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joy E. Dekok
4.0 out of 5 stars A Zany, Fun Mystery
This is a fun, zany mystery, one I would have enjoyed reading as a girl. The characters are larger-than-life (one literally so), and the plot moves along at a steady pace. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Catherine Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Reminded me of the BritComs on PBS
If you like British comedies, I am guessing you will enjoy this quirky book. One of the characters is Florence, the leader of a group of ferrets. Read more
Published 3 months ago by BUNNYBEAR
5.0 out of 5 stars Cleverly Worded and Hilarious!
I loved this book! It grabbed me from the very first sentence: "There was a name for this sort of gap in protocol, but right now Terrence could not remember it owing to the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Annie Douglass Lima
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Lia London started writing as a school girl in Scotland where her American family lived for three years. She traveled and read as much as possible, and has never really come back to suburban reality since. Her first writing love is humor, but she has added fantasy and science fiction to the mix, too. She is a happily married wife and mother with a black belt in taekwondo and an excessive fondness for milk chocolate and cheese. When not writing, she is teaching, singing or reading, reading, reading. She now lives with her family, a cat and a dog in Oregon.


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