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Trent's Own Case (Phillip Trent #2)

3.38  ·  Rating Details  ·  45 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Philip Trent, artist and amateur criminologist, was closely connected with the murder of the philanthropist James Randolph from the beginning, for he had been painting his portrait. But there were many blind alleys in the maze ahead; many faces and places to be investigated while there could be further murders. It was not until Trent had crossed to France and back and sear ...more
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Published June 1st 1936 by Putnam Pub Group (T) (first published 1936)
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John Yeoman
Feb 20, 2015 John Yeoman rated it it was amazing
This classic of crime fiction deserves the highest praise. After a deceptively digressive start, its twists and red herrings develop with relentless pace. Every plausible suspect is exonerated. Who could be left? Bentley's style is delightfully elegant and unfashionably erudite. 'She traced two lines of inanition on his cheeks with a slim forefinger.' What copy editor today would let that pass? Yet it works, as do Bentley's other shameless jokes with language.

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Chris Gager
Apr 15, 2016 Chris Gager rated it liked it
I'll be into this soon as a break in between the more serious stuff. Picked up somewhere...

Pretty entertaining so far. I don't know why the rating is so low. My second straight London book!

Well... it does go on a bit! Lots of traveling around(to France mostly) and high-class talking. Trent himself uses a lot of literate allusions and borrowings in his speech. Lots of French as well. Anyway, we're no closer to solving the damned thing as the list of possible suspects and complications and side tr
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Ruth
Oct 24, 2008 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It was fun to read a mystery again, & one that is hardly bloody at all. The dialogue of Trent's Own Case is often quite witty, & Trent himself has a penchant for quoting poetry. The mystery was rather knotted & did puzzle me till near the end--the denouement was satisfying.

Why then just three stars? The main reason is the racism--though all the characters are evidently white, the n-word is used casually a couple of times. Even though no white Brits probably thought twice about it in
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Christiane
Jan 22, 2011 Christiane rated it it was ok
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I checked this out because I had recently read a really good short story starring artist/criminologist Philip Trent and this was one of the two books the library still has. It was okay; there were a lot of red herrings and I didn't predict the murderer, but there were also long tangents that only barely seemed relevant to the actual story. I needed a lot of patience to get through what was only a 253p. book.
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Jan 02, 2016 Steven Heywood rated it liked it
A good story marred slightly by a ta-da! of an ending. I can't help feeling that I'd have enjoyed the story more had Inspector Bligh been the protagonist.
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E. C. Bentley (full name Edmund Clerihew Bentley; 10 July 1875 – 30 March 1956) was a popular English novelist and humorist of the early twentieth century, and the inventor of the clerihew, an irregular form of humorous verse on biographical topics. One of the best known is this (1905):

Sir Christopher Wren
Said, "I am going to dine with some men.
If anyone calls
Say I am designing St. Paul's."

Bentley
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