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- Print Length: 238 pages
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- Publisher: G-L-R (Great-Little-Reads) (August 27, 2015)
- Publication Date: August 27, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B014LNJE80
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,304 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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There is one good thing about it . The cover design is good. Perhaps someone will write a story that is up to what the cover promises.
*Supplement entered 9-30-16 -- I ignored my own advice and did read two other of this author's books. They were pretty good. I thought it only fair to say so in this review. REP
In reading this novel, I noted Dame Agatha's influence on the set-up but thought this attempt mostly fell flat.The commonality appeared to be a lack of character development and flimsy overreaching motivation, moreorless revealed toward the end.
The frequency of errors became annoying with such problems as "video consuls"; illusive for elusive; passed for past; illegible for unintelligible; and the German "Lugar." In addition there were grammatical issues---wrong use of subject/object type of thing plus some simple carelessness---now for no, where instead of were, etc.
While the main character Morris was decently portrayed, the condescending Lady Cynthia was so far over the top that I would have easily nominated her to be the next murder victim...[SPOILER: her "transformation" at the end was too ridiculous for words.]
It was an easy enough read, and there is certainly no reason to fear overtaxing any little grey cells this go-round.
Probably a 2.5 but I rounded up since it is the first review.
The plot is well developed and is based on the classic country house murder scenario which I love. The characters are well developed and Lady Cynthia, who is the person who hires Morris is so over the top that she parodies a lot of the female heroines in a Christie type novel.
if you are looking for an easy read that will make you chuckle, and has a twist at the end, then this is recommended.
The atmosphere created is cosy and the characters believable. I read this in one afternoon as it is a real page-turner.
The book is thoroughly entertaining, so you won’t feel the discomfort and boredom of the flight, even if your seat is in sardine class. Of course, enjoying a meal in coach is an oxymoron, particularly, when the 4-year old sitting behind you is kicking your back, nonstop. And Aberfeldy 21 might be available only on Qatar Air. The experience of reading, however, trumps watching a movie or two, both of which you already saw, twice.
Now for some details without giving away the whodunit part and the denouement. The protagonist is a PI, from a small town/burb not too far from London, who is hired by an aristocrat, über-snobbish, upper crust and selfish young Lady to rig a parlor game of murder of high cash stakes, played by a specially invited group of people. The role of the PI “employee” of the Lady is to solve the puzzle before anyone of the other guests does and win the cash. The game is played in a manor on a “poxy,” remote Welsh island, and as the plot develops in the middle of a snow storm and bad weather.
It doesn’t take too long to realize that the book is a cross between Agatha Christie’s “10 Little Indians,” and Neil Simon’s “Murder by Death.” The language is wry, typical Brit humor, shifting with ease from Public School to Cockney and laughing at everyone from the upper class to the working class to the servant’s class and to the gangster class. That includes the deprecation of the protagonist, as well. Here is an example:
I concentrated on using the correct knives and forks and made sure that I didn’t slurp my gazpacho. The cook in this place couldn’t be that good because he hadn't even bothered to heat it up.
It is soooo Archie Bunker that I couldn’t stop laughing out loud.
The game starts and each contestant receives his/her role they have to assume in the game, with the appropriate [to the story] name:
I did wonder, though, how I was going to get through an evening of having to call these people by ridiculous names, without wetting myself with laughter.
The first game is solved by the PI and her Lady employer who, to her delight, wins the cash. After a short intermezzo the second game would get off to start but it is stopped before that by a real murder. The rest of the book deals with the protagonist trying to find the murderer. And at the same time keeping calm a near panicking crowd of contestants, while totally cut off by the elements from the outside world and the police. Even the whodunit rest of the part of the book is reasonable, including the solving of the mystery without the very often needed deus ex machina solution in other books of the genre.
Nevertheless, the most captivating character is, arguably, that of Lady Twat with her ruthless selfishness and considering everything that is not her liking or satisfying her whims as not knowing how-to-treat-a-lady. It would be a peachy role for a young Maggie Smith (who, incidentally, was in “Murder by Death,”) or Lauren Bacall, right after “To Have and Have Not.” Thus, the true twist of the book is not who the murderer and the motive are but that all Lady Twat really wanted, while playing the hard-to-get, was an 18” ruler.