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...more
The Line - ”To make no bones about it, the Bendixes had apparently succeeded in achieving that eighth wonder of the modern world, a happy marriage.
The Sinker - In Berkeley’s short story The Avenging Chance a club member receives an anonymous sample box of chocolates, and in turn it is given to a friend who then dies from poisoning. In a ...more
Here a crime club gather to solve a mysterious murder by poisoned chocolates that has stumped the police: they a ...more
The story progresses with every member of the circle theorizing why the crime was committed and w ...more
In this mystery, Roger Sheringham's Crime Circle involves a famous lawyer, Sir Charles Wildman, a famous dramatist, Mrs Fielder-Flemming, a brilliant novelist, Alicia Dammers, a detective author, Percy Robinson, who published as Morton Harrogate Bradley (Ha ...more
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
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
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
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
I can see why this is considered a classic academic mystery - a crime circle club, interested in “criminological matters”, dives into an unsolved poisoning case that has stumped Scotland Yard. This is subtitled as the fifth Roger Sheringham case - he was Berkeley’s mystery writer/amateur detecti ...more
Sir Eustace is sent a sample box of chocolates to his club. He is disgusted anyone would send him something so trite, especially since he doesn't like chocolates. Next to him is Mr. Bendix. Mr. Bendix has lost a bet with his wife and owes her a box of chocolates. Might he nab the box and give it to her? Why not save a few pounds, he figures.
Sir Eustace gladly gives him the chocolates and Mr. Bendix takes them home and gives them to his wife who procee ...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
A very satisfying read.
Love the period depicted. A four star rating due to the ending which was unusual to say the least.
From the Guardian 1000 list.
The set-up is that a group of six well-to-do amateur sleuths in 1930s London – authors, a barrister and so on – who have crime as a hobby, all attempt to solve a murder which Has The Police Baffled. The entire book is composed of an exposition of the crime and then the six attempts to identify the murderer, each one resembling the scene at the end of ...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
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
A great idea for a mystery novel. However I found it incredibly verbose and quite a struggle to get through. ...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
The story revolves around a murder case which has baffled the police, and its ta ...more
A very different kind of detective story - 6 detectives get together to give their version of a murder that’s already happened. Of course they all come up with different murderers and motives, but that’s what makes the story.
It’s an extremely clever idea, and there’s definitely stuff here to like. My problem is that’s there’s all a bit much rumination and naval gazing. Some of the ‘detectives’ are truly annoying and the conclusion, well, a bit ...more
This was intriguing and well written. Each sleuth gets just enough time to outline their solution and identify weaknesse ...more