- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 7 hours and 17 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Clara Benson
- Audible.com Release Date: October 14, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MA298Z0
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The Mystery at Underwood House: An Angela Marchmont Mystery, Book 2 Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.
After her success at Sissingham Hall (and a rather exciting past hinted at by her friend at Scotland Yard, Inspector Jameson), Angela Marchmont is approached by an old friend of hers, Louisa Haynes. Louisa lives at Underwood House with her husband John and son Donald. Her father in law, the mischievous and eccentric Philip Haynes, enjoyed nothing better than causing trouble between his family. John Haynes, as the eldest son, should have received his beloved Underwood House in his father’s will. Instead, Philip Haynes split his will between his remaining living children; John, Philippa, Winifred and Edward. Another daughter, the wayward, rebellious Christina, left home when young and died. The family, including Philip Haynes’s children and grandchildren have to meet twice a year in order to meet the instructions of the will and they do so with ill grace and bad humour. What is more, three of the family members have died during these reunions and Louisa Haynes is worried that they are not natural deaths…
This is a wonderful mystery, with family feuds, secrets, financial scandals and the involvement of both Inspector Jameson and the redoubtable Angela Marchmont. This series is fast becoming a delight and I can only thank the family of Clara Benson for making them available to us at last.