The Poisoned Chocolates Case
Reissue of one of the great puzzle mystery classics of England's Golden Age of crime fiction; plot involves a group of upper-crust amateur sleuths who set out to solve a murder that has baffled Scotland Yard; catnip for fans of Agatha Christie and Margery Allingham
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Description: A woman has died from eating poisoned chocolates intended for somebody else. Can the amateur brains of Roger Sheringham's Crime Circle solve this intriguing crime that's stumped Scotland Yard over the past year?
From Wiki: The Poisoned Chocolates Case (1929) is a detective novel by Anthony Berkeley set in 1920s London in which a group of armchair detectives, who have founded the "Crimes Circle", formulate theories on a recent murder case Scotla ...more
A woman has died from eating poisoned chocolates intended for somebody else...
Can the amateur brains of Roger Sheringham's Crime Circle solve this intriguing crime that's stumped Scotland Yard over the past year?
Stars Neil Stacy as Roger Sheringham, Hilda Schroder as Mrs Fielder-Flamming, Conrad Phillips as Sir Charles Wildman, Victor Winding as Moresby, Michael Bilton as Chitterwick, Geoffrey Collins as Bradley, Jane Wenham as Alicia, William Eedle as Lockwood, Mark Strak ...more
When Joan Bendix dies of poisoning, it’s quickly clear that the weapon was a box of chocolate liqueurs given to her by her husband. A clear-cut case, it would appear, but on closer examination there are a couple of problems. Firstly, Graham and Joan Bendix were happily married, so what would Graham’s motive have been? Secondly, and more importantly, he had had no chance to poison the chocolates – he had been given them by a man at his club, Sir Eustace Pennefat ...more
Yes, really – let me explain!
Notorious womaniser Sir Eustace Pennefather was staying at his London club when he received a complimentary box of liqueur chocolates in the post. Sir Eustace was unimpressed.
Graham Bendix, another member of the club, needed a box of chocolates. He had lost a bet with his wife and the stake had been a box of chocolates.
And so Bendix took the chocolates home. He and his wife both tried them; he didn’t care for them, but his wife did. And a few hours ...more
Roger Sheringham h ...more
A clever book, the Rashomon of golden-age mysteries. The book is basically a roast of the Detection Club, an actual group of writers that included Agatha Christie, G.K. Chesterton, Dorothy Sayers, Anthony Berkley (the author), and lots more. The funny thing is that this book came first, then the club; I co ...more
The only reason I gave it three rather than four stars was that the plot involves six people in a detective club trying to solve a murder the police have given up on. Each ...more
“I have another suspect,” this figure said. The voice, too, was androgynous; like everyone and like no one. It was the voice, o ...more
Agatha Christie said of Anthony Berkeley that he was ‘the master of the final twist’, and I’d have to agree with her. Although much of the ‘action’ takes place i ...more
Six different amateurs come up with six different theories about a murder the police have been unable to solve. Each one is convincing enough. You say to yourself, "All right, they're making assumptions about human nature here, but no more than later and more literary writers like ...more
One Murder + Six amateur sleuths = Six possible solutions + Six suspects. Who is the real killer?
Mrs Bendix has been murdered with poisoned chocolates - chocolates which her husband Mr Bendix had taken from a certain infamous Sir Eustace. Scotland Yard was at a dead-end on the case. Roger Sheringham volunteers his Crimes Circle (a club of six intelligent, criminological geniuses) to pick up the case and try to solve it.
Each of the six members works independ ...more
I cannot recommend this book highly enough; while the mystery itself is nothing to sneeze at, it was the wonderful humor that won me:
"'Dear me! You can't see it really? Nobody sees it?'
It seemed that nobody saw it.
'Well, well!' He arranged ...more
What knocks of a star is the god awful fan fiction chapters at the end of the kindle version. The story was done, it was perfectly well done and acceptable. did not need other authors, no matter how well kno ...more
This book gets mentioned in several "best mystery" lists and deserves its place there. I hope I can find enough copies for our mystery discussion group because th ...more
I didn't get it.
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A great idea for a mystery novel. However I found it incredibly verbose and quite a struggle to get through.
I loved the structure of the mystery and the way Berkeley pokes fun at the detective protagonists and the mystery genre in general. This is a must-read for anyone who devours mysteries like I do.
My only complaint isn't with the original text at all. There are two additional sections of the book tacked on at the end written by authors who wrote forwards for the original novel--two new 'soluti ...more
It's also laced with gentle humour. My only real criticism was the abrupt ending ...more