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- Print Length: 260 pages
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- Publisher: Mount Street Press (March 16, 2013)
- Publication Date: March 16, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BVC1SSE
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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.
The plot was interesting and kept me guessing until the reveal at the end. The were some slow spots that could have been trimmed to keep the story moving and heighten the mystery. Still a good read.
I will probably give this author another chance to see if she develops Angela's character.
You have Charles Knox, recently returned from 8 years in Africa, meeting up with old friends and a former fiancee at a weekend house party in her home with her now husband. The husband, Sir Neville is a stale older gentleman who ends up dead during the party weekend. The first question to be asked is murder or accident? You have Sir Neville's cousin Hugh and his wife who are a bit outlandish, a bit suspect-able, and a bit motivated if you know what I mean. We have old friend Bobs and his sister Sylvia. And you have Angela Marchmont, Rosamund's cousin just returned from the States where she's lived the last decade or so. Who is Rosamund you ask? The former fiancee turned hostess for the party. Oh, well and the remaining cast would be the servants of course. Can't have a house party at an English country estate without servants. And Angela, she's the one who can't just leave things be or even just leave them to law enforcement. She's gotta do her own thinking and questioning and putting things together. Which most likely should eliminate her from the suspect list. Perhaps?
By the end? Of course I'd figured it out. My ah ha! moment will probably also be your ah ha! moment. And the poor creator of said ah ha! moment doesn't even realize that they created it. Until it's spilled out to them piece by baby piece by the actual killer. Which brings another question to my mind. Why does every single killer in almost every single book/movie/TV show/whatever waste time spilling it all out step by ever loving step to whomever they plan to frame for the murder? Except of course to buy time for them to get caught. Can't they spill in interrogation or in their memoirs or something? It's one of those things that as a writer I understand the concept but as a reader I want to beat my head into a soft pillow or something.
End of the day? I liked this story and I'm glad that I own it in my Kindle Library. I've seen that this is just the first of a few by this author featuring Angela Marchmont which is somewhat exciting as well. Like I said, predictable to a degree but worth the read.
The characters are just what one would expect. Some people are nice and some not so nice. The murder victim was a relatively benign character. But, upon the murder, I was pretty sure I knew who killed him and why they did.
Charles has returned to Britain after an absence of 8 years. He left a pauper and has returned as a wealthy man because of his hard work at gold mining. He has been invited to a house party at the home of his former flame. Rosamund has married a wealthy older man.
Two other guests are good friends of Charles', a brother and sister who have always treated him as though he were part of their family. There is a married couple with a wife who is rather rude. Of course, there's a young girl who is shy and retiring. The older husband has a young male secretary who has “shell shock” after being in the Great War. Finally, we find Angela Marchmont, a beautiful woman who is a cousin of Charles' old flame. She is charming, intelligent and very observant.
Each character is given characteristics which may or may not make them a suspect. Each of them add texture to the story.
I enjoyed the book. I have found that many authors who wrote mysteries in the early part of the 20th century were good at their craft.
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