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Clara Benson

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Clara Benson is the author of the Angela Marchmont Mysteries and Freddy Pilkington-Soames Adventures - traditional English whodunits in authentic style set in the 1920s and 30s. One day she would like to drink cocktails and solve mysteries in a sequinned dress and evening gloves. In the meantime she lives in the north of England with her family and doesn't do any of those things.

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Clara Benson Hi, I'm glad you're enjoying the books! I'm not sure where Barbara sprang from - I think she's one of those characters I sometimes get who turn up and…moreHi, I'm glad you're enjoying the books! I'm not sure where Barbara sprang from - I think she's one of those characters I sometimes get who turn up and make themselves at home without much input from me (Freddy Pilkington-Soames is another one). I have occasionally considered putting her in her own series once she's matured a bit, but I don't have any firm plans. It's partly a question of whether I feel I can continue writing stories in this milieu with this group of characters without people (or me) getting tired of them!(less)
Clara Benson Hi Ann,

Good question! You might have seen that I've been branching out a bit lately (mainly with my new pen name Antonia Frost), and The Lucases of…more
Hi Ann,

Good question! You might have seen that I've been branching out a bit lately (mainly with my new pen name Antonia Frost), and The Lucases of Lucas Lodge was an early experiment in that respect. I took down the book because I felt I wasn't aiming it at the right readership, and because I decided I'd prefer my Clara Benson pen name to be known for just the one genre, mysteries.

I haven't quite decided what to do with The Lucases, but it's possible I might republish it under a completely different pen name further down the line. I'm not planning to write any more of the same in the near future, as I'd like to concentrate on Clara and Antonia for now. However, if I do write any more Regency stories at a later date I won't base them around Jane Austen characters, but will make them completely original.

I hope that answers your question :-)(less)
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Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
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Aiee! The “As You Know, Bob,” she burns!

Dan Brown’s a conundrum, isn’t he? I remember years ago tearing breathlessly through The Da Vinci Code, thrilled to the core, in about a day and a half, then afterwards thinking, “Actually, that wasn’t very goo
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And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
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I can't count the number of times I've read this book over the years, and even after several rereads it still holds its power as a terrifying tour de force, almost certainly Agatha Christie's finest work. The masterly way she drives the story towards ...more
Rebecca's World by Terry Nation
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I've read this book several times and enjoy it hugely every time, but I don't think it reflects well on me, as it seems to unleash a raging inner sadism I didn't realise I possessed. (view spoiler) ...more
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The Key by Patricia Wentworth
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I must have been tired when I read this, because by halfway through I couldn't remember who any of the characters were or keep track of which of them was where at what time. Plus there was the fact that the villagers quite happily apprehended the mur ...more
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The Ivy Tree by Mary  Stewart
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This is the first book I've read by Mary Stewart and I'm not quite sure how to rate it. Story-wise, it's a sort of mash-up between Brat Farrar (as the author wisely acknowledges), Jane Eyre and Rebecca, all of which I love, so I had high hopes of it. ...more
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Touch Not the Cat by Mary  Stewart
"I love this book far more than I probably should. I read it at such an early age that it imprinted itself upon me and become my image of what the perfect book should be. I know this, objectively speaking, and yet I love it all the same. What I kee..." Read more of this review »
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“The world is so full of a number of things, I ’m sure we should all be as happy as kings.”
Robert Louis Stevenson
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“I set fire to his bed one night while he was in it. I’d be obliged if you wouldn’t mention that, though, as they never found out who did it, but the police got involved and things were rather unpleasant at school for a while.”
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“uncomfortably conscious that women of her age did not generally hide in cupboards drinking whisky”
Clara Benson, The Incident at Fives Castle

“lugubrious for that. I say, isn’t “lugubrious”
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