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The Last House-Party (James Pibble Mysteries)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  40 ratings  ·  8 reviews
In the glittering thirties, all the leaders of art and politics attended the galas of the Countess of Snailwood. And there, one of them committed a dark and savage crime. Now, forty years later, the sole survivor of those opulent days must take up the disturbing mystery again--this time for keeps.
Paperback, 222 pages
Published July 12th 1983 by Pantheon (first published 1982)
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John E. Branch Jr.
A concise New York Times review from early 1983, one of a handful in this column by Newgate Callendar (what a name!), had this to say:

Another British entry -THE LAST HOUSEPARTY by Peter Dickinson (Pantheon, $12.95). Mr. Dickinson is one of the more original mystery story writers of the decade, and he generally manages to create something that breaks the mold. In fact, one wonders if ''The Last Houseparty'' really belongs to the mystery genre, even though a crime is committed at one point.

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This man makes me proud to be classified as a mystery writer.
This is much more the sort of twisty multi-layered story I expect from something subtitled "A Novel of Suspense," although I didn't find it particularly suspenseful. But the cuts between the 1937 house party and the 1980s present were intriguing, and the pacing was nifty. I figured out one of the big secrets really, really early on, though, and I don't know if that's because Dickinson a) isn't very good at obscurity, or b) wasn't trying to make it very obscure, or c) the secret was so much more ...more
Susanne Clower
As wonderful as the last. I wish everything he wrote would be republished. Definitely Downton Abbey readalike, but more serious and dark.
An original and interesting book, but not satisfying. The two cousins are given very vivid personalities but they aren't allowed enough scenes to help us understand what really happened at that last house party.
Really hard to get into this one, but I am trying!
Not a comfortable book, but a very good one.
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Peter Malcolm de Brissac Dickinson OBE FRSL (born 16 December 1927) is a prolific English author and poet, best known for children's books and detective stories.

Peter Dickinson lives in Hampshire with his second wife, author Robin McKinley. He has written more than fifty novels for adults and young readers. He has won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Award twice, and his novel
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