- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 8 hours and 11 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Clara Benson
- Audible.com Release Date: March 14, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XHW27PP
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The Treasure at Poldarrow Point: An Angela Marchmont Mystery, Book 3 Audiobook – Unabridged
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Most of the detecting is done by Angela's goddaughter Barbara, a twelve-year-old terror. Incorrigible is the only word that describes her and that's not strong enough. Determined to find the necklace and save old Miss Trout from destitution, she takes risks and survives catastrophes that left me in a state of shock just reading about them. She's an orphan (having probably driven her parents to early graves) and the relatives who are supposed to look after her during school holidays develop scarlet fever in order to pawn her off on Angela.
In other Benson books, I figured out who-dun-it before hitting the 50% mark. There are plenty of broad clues in this one and I was onto several of the evil-doers early on, but two of them had me fooled completely. PLUS two characters whom I found highly suspicious turned out to be on the side of the angels. Either Clara was in rare form here or I'm losing my marbles.
This book has gone a long way toward convincing me that this series really WAS written in the 1920's. No modern godmother would allow a twelve-year-old girl to wander around by herself in the middle of the night with dangerous criminals lurking behind every bush. This has the earmarks of having been penned when "helicopter parenting" was far in the future. And it's not a NANCY DREW knock-off, either. The first book in THAT series didn't appear until 1930.
Pulling in the other direction is the "grown-up" plot of jewel-thieves and under-cover policemen, and to complicate this, Angela develops a "lerve interest" of a particularly mortifiying type, since her persona is to be highly "ladylike" about the entire detecting occupation, supposedly always on the side of law and order and eager to help the police without being pushy. This new element throws a considerable spanner in her works; the whole sub-plot enhances a quite complicated conclusion with some interesting twists on this well-worn scenario.
Benson manages to make each book different and delightful. This one involves a remote location, a lost treasure, and enough false identities to fill an address book. Add in Angel's preteen god daughter and her adventures in lost tunnels and caves and secret rooms and this particular book in the series also takes on an Enid Blyton adventure atmosphere such as with "Mystery Island".
As with all of the series, there is a twist, a hook in this plot, and part of the fun is looking for it and finding it before the end, which I did. And, feeling smart over that also adds to the reading pleasure.