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The Murder at Sissingham Hall (An Angela Marchmont Mystery Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Clara Benson
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (340 customer reviews)

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Book Description

On his return from South Africa, Charles Knox is invited to spend the weekend at the country home of Sir Neville Strickland, whose beautiful wife Rosamund was once Knox's fiancee. But in the dead of night Sir Neville is murdered. Who did it? As suspicion falls on each of the house guests in turn, Knox finds himself faced with deception and betrayal on all sides, and only the enigmatic Angela Marchmont seems to offer a solution to the mystery. This 1920s whodunit will delight all fans of traditional country house murder stories.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1546 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Clara Benson (March 16, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BVC1SSE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,384 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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127 of 130 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Country House April 22, 2013
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One thing I really dislike about kindle books is that they often do not contain the original copyright information. This book was no exception, and I was very suspicious of a book that was *described* as being written in the 20s by an author unknown to me and with no documentation. A search of the internet revealed no more information, so I began the sample convinced that this was a newly-written "20s-style" mystery that would be bound to disappoint. I'm delighted to say that I was NOT disappointed, and THE MURDER AT SISSINGHAM HALL seems to be the real thing. I have yet to find a contemporary author who really "gets" it--there are so many overdone attempts to capture the Golden Age, and so far, no successes.

THE MURDER AT SISSINGHAM HALL isn't the best mystery I ever read--and I did suspect the murderer early on--but much of the pleasure for me is the setting, the conversation, the writing style. These did not fail to satisfy, and it was an excellent story (offered at a great price) as well.
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice try April 27, 2013
By glyn
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First of all, if you're a mystery reader and fan of Agatha Christie, this book is not for you. Not subtle enough and I guessed who-done-it very early on. The house could have been better described - there wasn't that satisfying sense of scene setting that makes this sort of era a good read. You didn't get a sense of the house or the surroundings. No background. The characters weren't fleshed out - mostly flimsy, two dimensional types - I didn't care about any of them one way or the other, and there wasn't one memorable personality amongst them. The whole thing fell flat and I skimmed the book from the middle to the end, only to prove I was right about who committed the murder.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done July 29, 2013
By Annezo
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As others have said, the scene setting could have been done in more depth but that seems like a quibble when this really is a very readable book. Certainly worth the two bucks if you're a fan of Christie or "Golden Age" mysteries.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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Perhaps not in Agatha Christie's class but I really enjoyed this little mystery. And unlike some of the other readers, who must be much more clarevoyant than I (but then I often like to be in the dark until the end!), my guess as to who dunnit jumped around from one suspicious coincidence to another. It was light, I enjoyed the blase Bobs and his sister Sylvia, and how the characters wove in and out of the scenery. According to a note about the author, she was born in 1890 and it was only after her death did her family 'rediscovered' her work. I hope that Amazon will find a few more; great for a rainy afternoon!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked it !! June 17, 2013
By Anna M.
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I agree that the settings in this mystery were barely described and except for Charles Knox the characters were cliches but for having been written as a hobby I thought it was very good.
The murderer's confession was brilliant!

As a general comment, I also agree with the reviewer who complained that some of the old books offered on Kindle don't show when they were written and I had to go online to find out.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder as only the English can do it. April 9, 2013
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For all of us who love murder and mayhem English style with great characters, this is terrific. Well written and classy.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery Maven April 9, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Good read. Nice setting, interesting characters and a very good English style story. At first you think "no it couldn't be the answer" then you are driven around so many juicy options but Ms. Benson caught you in the end! Enjoy and look forward to the next installment (I hope).
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Real Whodunnit April 15, 2013
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Fast reading mystery that keeps you guessing until the very end. My kind of author, much like Christie.
I' like a little more detail in description of surroundings.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Just okay, won't be purchasing the rest of the ...
Just okay, won't be purchasing the rest of the series. The story isn't told from the point of view of the actual detective but from another character who is just too naive to be... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Jennifer M. Resendez
3.0 out of 5 stars Tl;dr
tl:dr

It was obvious "who done it" almost from the moment the deed was done. I lost interest and skipped to the end. Sure enough.... Read more
Published 5 days ago by A Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars I felt it was readable but not really a good example of the genre
The book was fairly simple. The choice of narrator was uninspired; his use of language was pleasing but he was not at all bright, his weaknesses displayed early and not well... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars a nice little mystery
I had never read any of Clara Benson's books and found it to be an enjoyable read; a nice little mystery. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Karen Holton
3.0 out of 5 stars While it is not great literature, it is a nice little cozy
While it is not great literature, it is a nice little cozy. Its an easy read, and if the price is right, I will order another book in the series by Clara Benson.
Published 16 days ago by cookiewookie
3.0 out of 5 stars The Murder at Sissingham Hall
I FOUND THIS BOOK SLOW MOVING. I did not enjoy the characters and Charles unbelievable. ANGELA Marchmont was so much in the background that you forget that she is there.
Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars The murder at Sissingham Hall
This is up there with Agatha CHristie. Enjoyed very much.
Published 22 days ago by LINDA PRITCHETT
4.0 out of 5 stars fun read for those who like surprises!!
This book has twists and turns that make for a fun read. It makes the reader question who-dun-it! And of course, it could be anyone.
Published 24 days ago by Kirk Dupre
4.0 out of 5 stars Will keep you guessing!
Enjoyed the book tremendously-little slow at first. But it livened up quickly. Would definitely recommend this book!!! The author reminds me a lot of Agatha Christie.
Published 27 days ago by SockaNocka
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed it. Can't wait for next one
Published 28 days ago by Jean B
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Titles currently available in this series:

1. The Murder at Sissingham Hall
2. The Mystery at Underwood House
3. The Treasure at Poldarrow Point
4. The Riddle at Gipsy's Mile
5. The Incident at Fives Castle
6. The Imbroglio at the Villa Pozzi
7. The Problem at Two Tithes
8. The Trouble at Wakeley Court (coming soon)


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