The Act of Roger Murgatroyd (Evadne Mount Trilogy #1)
"All of us?" asked Gilbert, sardonically lifting an eyebrow.
"That is what I said, Mr. Adair," replied the renowned amateur sleuth.
"But there is only me," said Gilbert.
"Only I," said Evadne with a hint of impatience. "And frankly, how many of you there are is hardly the question. I would like to observe the proprieties, even if you don't."
"But be reasonable!" entreated Gilbert. "How can we ha ...more
I'm an avid Christie fan, and having read all her mysteries a dozen times, reading Roger Murgatroyd is like slipping into a pair of well-worn, comfortable slippers. There's nothing new or outrageous here, the book is written in the style of a classic whodunnit. You've got the...more
Luckily, a retired Chief Inspector lives close by, and one of the guests is no other t ...more
He pops in to investigate in advance of official sources and with the help of crime novelist Evadne Mount, who does most to unmask the unlikely killer, the mystery is solved.
The build-up is superb, tantalisingly pointing to any number of guests who could have perpetrated the crime until the most unsu ...more
"As you're doubtless sick to the back-teeth of hearing, Gentry took the absolute pip. He was a beast, a rotter of the first water, a self-infatuated, sallow-complexioned little climber, with his artistic hair and his scarlet lips and his T.S. this and D.H. that and his eternal boasting and bragging about his acquaintance with the Maharani of Rajasthan or the Oom of Oompapah or some other equally improbable pasha or pashette. ...more
Mord auf ffolkes Manor spielt an Weihnachten irgendwann in den 30er Jahren des letzten Jahrhunderts. Auf einem typisch englischen Landsitz hat sich eine kleine illustre Runde eingefunden um gemeinsam das Fest zu begehen... In Kürze sind sie sogar gan ...more
Here's another book I thought I'd like but couldn't get going with. I picked it up at the library to read over Christmas - it's an Agatha Christie pastiche sort of a thing, set in a snowed in manor on Boxing Day. I gave it 50 pages to grab me before I took it back to the library on a snowy February weekend. It delivered on about page 45 and turned into another book I wanted to read to the end without putting it down.
It's full of clever word plays and insights into the Christie stereotypes, but m...more
Draussen wütet ein Schneesturm, während die Gäste von Roger ffolkes gemütlich beim Abendessen sitzen. Alle haben ein Motiv... doch wie gelang es dem Täter, aus der verschlossenen Dachkammer wieder herauszukommen?
Finest british crime!
I found this to be a well paced and interesting crime / murder mystery. The plot is a ‘parody’ of period crime dramas, but is effective and held my attention.
If you enjoy ‘old fashioned’ crime thrillers you may enjoy this book.
A joy to read it moves along at a cracking pace with all the twists and turns that one should expect from a homage/parody to the golden age of detective fiction.