- File Size: 918 KB
- Print Length: 214 pages
- Publisher: Dean Street Press (September 5, 2016)
- Publication Date: September 5, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01KQ4XVRS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #619,303 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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About the Author
Mary ‘Molly’ Thynne was born in 1881, a member of the aristocracy, and related, on her mother’s side, to the painter James McNeil Whistler. She grew up in Kensington and at a young age met literary figures like Rudyard Kipling and Henry James.
Her first novel, An Uncertain Glory, was published in 1914, but she did not turn to crime fiction until The Draycott Murder Mystery, the first of six golden age mysteries she wrote and published in as many years, between 1928 and 1933. The last three of these featured Dr. Constantine, chess master and amateur sleuth par excellence.
Molly Thynne never married. She enjoyed travelling abroad, but spent most of her life in the village of Bovey Tracey, Devon, where she was finally laid to rest in 1950.
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But the scene in the dentist's office gives a falsely gory impression of the plot. Yes, there may be another bloody murder before we're done. But this is essentially a cerebral investigation, shared by Inspector Arkwright of Scotland Yard, and his elderly friend Dr. Constantine. Although an amateur, Constantine is the inspired sleuth of the pair. He loves a puzzle. He approaches a murder case like a chess game. He refers to keep the "human interest" out of it.
That's difficult, in this case, since the most likely suspect is a friend of Constantine's, known to him from boyhood. Constantine devotes himself to finding other suspects for Arkwright, and his endeavors lead to inquiries all over the globe -- Switzerland, China, Russia, and South Africa. Arkwright jokingly calls it a "very geographical" murder case. There is quite a bit of jocularity between the investigators.
Another lightly humorous element is Constantine's use of his valet, Manners, to sleuth among the servant class. Manners goes into his assignment, calm and dignified as usual, but with adventure in his heart.
Death in the Dentist's Chair is a Golden Age mystery, but not exactly a fair-play mystery, since the reader is not privy to all relevant information. Constantine won't always let Arkwright know what he's up to, and he's equally cagey with the reader. Still, this vintage mystery has a lot of charm, and I intend to try some other mysteries by Molly Thynne. The author is aristocratic, and the excellent introduction in the Dean Street Press edition tells us intriguing things about her.
A very entertaining mystery in the traditional style, featuring a plot reminiscent of the English country manor house story, with all suspects contained in one place. A bit slow by today's standards, but a quiet, logical plot with the characters fairly well fleshed out.
Thynne only wrote six mysteries. So far I have read five of them and enjoyed them all very much.
This book would appeal to anyone who likes a clean, well written mystery.
The language used is old English, of course, but the built-in (very convenient) dictionary provided with Kindle books helped decipher their meaning to a T.
Love the way the story flowed, bringing one conclusion to the next and more surprises still at every chapter. Love the old fashion courtesy and cleverness of mind of the principal protagonists.
Murder can be written without gory details and still draw that spark of suspense in the reader's mind.
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In this, second book, Dr Constantine is taking a trip to his dentist, Mr Humphrey Davenport. The novel starts off very well, with an assortment of nervous patients in the waiting room. However, when one of the patients are killed in the dentist’s chair, then suspicion falls on those on the premises. Of course, there are a good cast of characters, as well as a number of motives, and Arkwright is very happy to have Constantine’s help – especially when there is a second murder.
This is a mystery which starts well and then descends a little into complicated explanations about what happened. That said, there is much to enjoy, even if the plotting is a little weak, and the beginning is very humorous and well realised.
Es beginnt in einer Zahnarztpraxis und während man die Schilderung liest, packt einen große Dankbarkeit dafür, wie eine Zahnarztpraxis heute betrieben wird - es muss früher einfach grauenvoll gewesen sein. In dieser Praxis beschränkt man sich aber nicht nur auf das übliche Gemetzel, sondern eine Patientin wird hier gekonnt, aber ganz unfachmännisch ins Jenseits befördert, während der Zahnarzt die Patientin allein gelassen hat und ins Labor ging, um ihre Dritten zu richten.
Täter könnten alle im Haus Anwesenden gewesen sein, der Zahnarzt, die Assistenten, die Patienten, der Hausmeister usw., aber wie konnten die in das von innen verschlossene Behandlungszimmer hinein und wieder heraus?
Einer der Patienten ist der bereits aus dem vorherigen Buch der Verfasserin "The Crime at the Noah's Ark" bekannte Dr, Constantine, ein älterer Herr mit einem scharfen, analytischen Verstand, der die Polizei bei den Ermittlungen unterstützt. Diese erweisen sich als höchst kompliziert, führen aber natürlich zu einem guten und für den Leser erstaunlichem Ende.
Ein Buch, das sehr vergnüglich zu lesen ist und jedem Freund älterer englischer Krimis empfohlen werden kann, auch auf die Gefahr hin, dass ihm beim nächsten Zahnarztbesuch etwas schwummerig sein wird.