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- Print Length: 285 pages
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- Publisher: Mount Street Press (September 2, 2013)
- Publication Date: September 2, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EXRFLBO
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,138 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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So we're down to the oldest son, but there are spouses and children and three (THREE!) young folks who are orphans with mysterious parentage, so there are plenty of people to suspect and all of them look quite suspicious at one time or another. And, of course, there's that daughter who ran off and was never heard of again. Or was she?
This is my third Clara Benson and not my favorite. Angela (normally a great favorite of mine) seems a bit off. She divides her time between blushing prettily while coyly denying any interest in detection and dodging death with tactics learned in WWI undercover work. And she spends what seems like DAYS trying to get the slippery shyster to show her the damned will. I yelled "Go to Somerset House, woman!" until my voice gave out, but it was still several chapters before she gave up on the lawyer and went to Somerset House (where all will, birth, and death records are available to the public.)
I still enjoyed it. It's a period piece and Angela's household is as entertaining as ever. Marthe continues to run the joint with an iron fist and impeccable French snootiness. William is as intelligent as Mrs. Bradley's George and much more attractive and personable. The banter between the three of them is worth the price of admission. The Haynes family is screwy enough to be interesting. The clues are broad and plentiful and if you haven't identified the killer by the middle of the book better cut back on the sherry. Not Benson's best, but still a good read.
I love the touch of England's aristocracy, or at least elite, mixed with mysteries that keep one guessing right to the time she reveals the (always) surprise villain, which certainly dashes one's hopes for a career with the FBI or CIA!! The grammar is very good; she doesn't drag you through sexual exploits, and she is intelligent enough to use good language, not "street/alley talk," nor vulgar innuendoes.
This, as with the others I have read, was intriguing, "can't-put-it-down, page-turning" terrific.
She even added a bonus lesson in family dynamics and what NOT to do to create a dysfunctional family!!
The side characters are great as well, displaying a large arc of colorful personalities. My own personal favorite character is an aloof artist, and the meeting between her and Angela is fantastic.
I liked the mystery in this book as well. It wasn't only a "whodunnit" , it was a "howdunnit", and there were some details there that I found really satisfying.
All in all, a very recommended book