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- Print Length: 262 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1505648858
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- Publisher: Mount Street Press (December 9, 2014)
- Publication Date: December 9, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00QU7J7MO
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A fun and clever read that will keep you guessing until the end.
Poor Angela is determined to do her best in the Womanly Arts department and she arranges flowers and pays social calls and helps with the church bazaar and meekly suffers the insults heaped on her by her relatives. She's still a bit dazed by her romantic Italian interlude with handsome rogue Edgar Valencourt. (THE IMBROGLIO AT THE VILLA POZZI.) She's returned from Venice with a pretty bracelet and ambivalent feelings. Fortunately, she's backed up at Two Tithes by her faithful staff. Marthe, her imperious personal maid, has a Frenchwoman's guile and shrewdness and her amiable, American-born driver William is invaluable both for his supply of off-color jokes and his handiness in a tight situation. Together with the very British Angela, they are an international trifecta of crime-solvers.
And they'll need all their skills because a prosperous, obnoxious local farmer is found with a bullet in his head. The leading suspect is the neighboring farmer with whom he has a long-standing feud, but the neighbor has an alibi. Or does he? And, naturally, the victim's family must be scrutinized carefully. Both his downtrodden wife and the son who's desperate for his inheritance are gainers from the death of the late, unlamented Mr. Tipping. The local police have their hands full, assisted by Angela's old friend Inspector Jameson. Scotland Yard's Most Eligible Bachelor is pulled into the case and romance blooms - but not where I thought it would!
The book is enlivened by the presence of well-bred, irreverent newspaper reporter Freddy Pilkington-Soames, who was introduced in THE INCIDENT AT FIVES CASTLE. He and Angela are great pals and he further endears himself to her by refusing to believe that she could be related to stuffy Sir Humphrey. Together they discover the real murderer to the great relief of everyone, especially the love-struck Inspector Jameson.
I enjoyed Freddy, but for my money the best drawn characters are the three elderly women. Mrs. Hunter, the irrepressible vicar's wife, gives Angela (and everyone else) a hard time with her outrageously blunt remarks, but her bicycle wreck helps bring the murderer to justice. Elizabeth's lorgnette-wielding mother, Mrs. Randall, is a delightful surprise. And Margaret Tipping is a poignant reminder to Angela of the tragedy of loveless marriages and unrealized dreams.
I wonder if these realistic portrayals of older women could have come from a very young writer, as the publisher claims. I also noticed that young Peter is rewarded with an "ice cream" and I think that a frozen dessert was called "an ice" in pre-WWII England. Not that it matters. I'm hooked like a large-mouth bass and I have no choice but to keep grabbing and devouring the latest Angela Marchmont as they appear. I wonder what Edgar Valencourt is up to?
Another very good story with believable characters. Really enjoyed it.
Writing for her own pleasure, Clara Benson completed many mysteries featuring Angela Marchmont, a middle-aged sleuth who is absolutely delightful. With the inscrutable Inspector Jameson, a few red herrings, a very well-developed plot, well-developed characters, and excellent grammar (and excellent editing) are all present in this book. There is no gratuitous violence and this is truly an excellent "cozy"! After reading these first seven volumes, I look forward to reading the remaining ones (and I hope that she is as prolific as Christopher Bush).
Do you notice that I gave away nothing about the plot? That is because I don't want to deprive other readers of one iota of the joy of reading this book.
It's clear that behind the façade there's is a modern author hiding but as his main protagonist is genuine and starts to become more human, less Miss 'prim & proper' - I like the books and can only recommend them to the fans of 'British' mysteries.