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A Case of Conspiracy in Clerkenwell (A Freddy Pilkington-Soames Adventure Book 3) Kindle Edition
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- Book 3 of 5 in A Freddy Pilkington-Soames Adventure
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- File Size : 1880 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Mount Street Press (May 3, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Publication Date : May 3, 2017
- ASIN : B071VFJ9VY
- Print Length : 263 pages
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
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- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #126,949 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Clerkenwell Central Hall is the meeting place of two disparate organization on the same evening - the Young Women's Abstinence Association and the East London Communist Alliance. Freddy has been asked by Henry Jameson, of British Intelligence (who we previously met in an Angela Marchmont book,) to help watch Freddy's friend, St. John Bagshawe. St. John is a member of the Communists and has started a Communist newspaper. Freddy attends a meeting of the Communists and runs into his friend, Mildred Starkweather, who is a member of the Temperance organization. Mildred introduces him to some of the other members, including Miss Stapleton, who is the very militant leader of the Temperance group. The morning after the meeting, Miss Stapleton is found murdered in the meeting hall. Freddy is determined to find Miss Stapleton's murderer and to foil an unknown threat from the Communist organization leaders.
Benson has tried to write her books in the style of a Golden Age novel, and I believe she succeeds admirably. She does not feel the need to point out things that someone who was writing in that period would point out, but that many historical novel writers feel compelled to mention. For instance, she does not mention types of clothing or hats or cars or those types of things that are found so often in the descriptions of many historical books, but that a writer in that age might not necessarily mention. The story moves along very well; there is not much extra detail to detract from the main plot. She gives enough clues that one might figure out the solution to the mystery, but they are not obvious clues. As in many Golden Age mysteries, the author does not spend much time fleshing out the major characters, but we get to know them well enough to be interested. The primary purpose of books like this is the fun of "whodunit" not getting into the characters' heads.
Freddy reminds me a little of Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey or Margery Allingham's Albert Campion, except that Freddy is perhaps not quite as intelligent - or perhaps he hides his intelligence a little better. He seems to bumble along, sometimes getting into trouble, but then is somehow intelligent enough to get himself and others out of a bad situation. I enjoy Freddy - I enjoyed his character in the Angela Marchmont series, and I am glad he has his own series now. He is fun to read about, and I find myself rooting for him.
The one thing that bothered me a little about the plot was how willing the Intelligence service was to trust Freddy, and how much information was shared with him. That seemed a little unbelievable to me, but perhaps since it is still years before WWII, security was not as tight as it was later to become. It was mentioned that Intelligence also had a person on the inside of the Communist organization, and I was a bit amazed by how much information they still needed Freddy to get. However, closer to the end of the book, this point was wrapped up to my satisfaction.
Although this is part of a series, it could easily be enjoyed as a stand-alone.
If you enjoy mysteries in the style of the Golden Age, I think you will enjoy this book.
A note about my reviews - I reserve 5-star reviews for books I think are of the very best quality - those that I may read again and again and rave about to everyone I know. I think that it is a very rare book that deserves a 5-star review. Books that I enjoy and are good quality, that I would recommend, I will give a 4-star review and books that are not bad will get a 3-star review. Books that are readable, but I did not enjoy them typically get a 2-star review and books that IMO are unreadable receive a 1-star review.
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A more ridiculous plot there's not but Freddy is amusing and it's quite a fun read. His old pal St. John Bagshawe is now running the Radical a communist newspaper having decided that things were getting a bit hot after the Hogmanay fiasco at Fives Castle. Jameson is still keeping an eye on St John and ropes in Freddy when a series of personal ads appear to be coded messages trying to stir discontent among the working class. He wants to know if St John is involved or just a dupe.
As the temperance society run by the Clarion owners wife meet in the same hall on the same day Freddy finds himself caught between the two uncomfortably close groups. When Miss Stapleton, who frequently makes reports to the police about the Communists suspicious behaviour is found dead in the hall after a meeting fingers are definitely pointing in their direction. Can Freddy find the killer and work out whether there's truth behind the rumours of an uprising to come or will he have bitten off more than he can chew?
In this story, Freddy is called upon to deal with a communist plot to destabilise the country through the trades-union movement, while also solving the mystery of the murder of a prominent leader of the temperance movement. Recreating a convincing period atmosphere, Clara Benson creates a set of lively characters and plenty of fun. As ever, these stories are well-written and the Kindle version is free of typos.