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The Riddle at Gipsy's Mile

(Angela Marchmont Mystery #4)

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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  913 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Lost in the mists of the Romney Marsh, Angela Marchmont stumbles upon the body of a woman whose face has been disfigured - presumably to prevent recognition. Who is she, and what was she doing out there in the middle of nowhere? The search for answers will take Angela from a grand stately home to London’s most fashionable - and disreputable - nightclub, and into a murky wo ...more
Kindle Edition, 299 pages
Published March 9th 2014
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Susan
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the fourth in the Angela Marchmont series. I have to admit that I nearly gave this series up, after being seriously underwhelmed, by the third book. However, I am pleased that I gave this a try, as I liked it much more than the previous one.

Angela Marchmont is on her way to stay with friends on Romney Marsh, when her driver ends up in a ditch and she stumbles over the body of a young woman. Before long, Angela is in the middle of another mystery, aided by the laconic Freddy Pilkington-S
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Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
This is the fourth in the Angela Marchmont mystery series, set in 1920s England, which I’ve been quite enjoying reading. In this one Angela goes down to Kent, to visit friends at Romney Marsh. But on the way there, when her driver William lands them in a ditch because of very thick fog, they end up stumbling upon the disfigured body of a young woman, and so begins another mystery. (Once again Angela doesn’t really wish to be involved, but ends up investigating all the same.) There is no clue to ...more
Rebecca Lewis
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am so glad I discovered Clara Benson's mysteries. Sadly, this is the last of her's currently available on the Kindle. I sincerely hope more will be made available soon. I put Clara Benson in the same category as other lady mystery authors I love, Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayer, and Margery Allingham. I had come to suspect I knew who was the guilty party. But I was not sure how it was all going to play out. That is one of my most favorite things about Ms. Benson's writing. I can figure it ou ...more
Susan in NC
Enjoyable historical mystery - my first in this series, although it’s Clara Benson’s fourth Angela Marchmont mystery - I read this as a buddy read with the Reading the Detectives group. I look forward to more books.

Angela and her chauffeur are driving through the fog on their way to visit friends at Gipsy’s Mile. The Bentley goes off the road into a ditch to avoid an accident; luckily, no one is hurt, but as they crawl out of the ditch to the road, Angela finds a dead young woman, her face badly
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Niki
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
quite a good plot - a very tongue-in-cheek humour to start, and some more dramatics later in the book - I could not put it down once I started - some funny characters, and of course the ever so bright mrs. marchmont trying desperately to stay out of the newspapers -
i strongly recommend it - this one made me totally think of agatha christie or patricia wentworth
Debbie
May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am enjoying this series more with each consecutive book!
This one was the best yet; lots of action, some of the funniest moments I can ever remember reading, and a mystery that kept me guessing right up to the end! (I had suspicions as to the murderer, but it could have went one of several different ways in my head!)
Hilarious, wonderful characters, including Angela Marchmont herself, and Freddy, a very entertaining addition to the series.
I was reading about the author, Clara Benson, and was sur
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Patricia
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A good cozy mystery. The protagonist is Mrs. Angela Marchmont. A lady of unknown age but she is not young. She was active in something during WWI. We are not told what. She uses brains to solve the mystery. She is friends with the police. She is not beat up and attempts on her life are few. Shows a good mystery does not need violence to be interesting.
I have read 4 of Clara Benson's books so far.
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Marley
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is my favorite Angela Marchmont book so far.The character herself is getting more developed (it's strange secondary characters seem more developed that our star!). This time around, though, I adore one of those secondaries: Freddy Pilkington-Soames. I expect him to say he's been out to Downton hanging out with Lady Mary any moment. This book surprisingly had a couple twists it it I didn't expect (won't say what)and I was wrong in my discernment of the killer. That hardly ever hapopens. ...more
Whistlers Mom
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Angela in a speak-easy with a Chinaman and a black trumpet player? Hand me the smelling salts!

This is probably my favorite of the Angela Marchmont books. There's a grand estate with an imperious old lady and her weakling son and his hearty horsewoman girlfriend. But (thank God!) we get to go to London and see a bit of the seedy underbelly of English life. It's not Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler, but it's a welcome break from the tea-and-sherry brigade.

When the story opens Angela's driver (
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Damaskcat
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Angela Marchmont is on her way to stay with friends on Romney Marsh in Kent when thanks to a combination of thick fog and sheep on the road her Bentley with chauffer, William, at the wheel, lands in a ditch. Neither of them are hurt but while they are scrambling out of the ditch, Angela finds the body of a young woman.

Naturally she is curious about the body especially when it seems clear that it is a case of murder and it is being investigated by her friend Inspector Jameson of Scotland Yard. Th
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Judy
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really nice English cozy mystery written by a young woman who lived during that period. She is a surprisingly good writer considering she wasn't published in her lifetime. I like the main character, Angela, since there is mystery surrounding her past. In this book, we begin with a gathering of her friends and are immediately confronted with a dead body. About half way through I began to suspect the killer but she keeps the reader guessing until the very end. Overall, a very enjoyable read. ...more
Nancy
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, kindle
An enjoyable period mystery--more for the characters and their evolution during the course of the book than for a surprise ending.

I read this as part of my free trial of Kindle Unlimited. It is a decent mystery, but not good enough for me to pay to keep free access to this series.
John
Oct 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks, mystery
This one had its moments, not bad; however, I'm not fond of plots involving a group of rather similar folks who are hard to distinguish among as characters. ...more
Scot
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fourth in this series, and introducing the perceptive, lazy, and witty posh Freddie Pilkington-Soames as a newly hired newspaper man determined to get a good story. He ends up helping Angela pull together some clues (and will subsequently get his own series of four books by this author, which I read before I stumbled into these). I enjoyed seeing Freddie's "origin story" and, as always, appreciating the secondary characters who are more colorful than Angela, such as Marguerite,the rich, robust w ...more
PeterK B
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I bought the first book in this series because it was cheap but ended up reading more of them. Have read four so far, including this one. Lots of suspense, interesting locations and people. The primary character, Angela, is likeble and fairly well developed. Some of the minor characters are not well fleshed out, but that was fine. I doubt that anyone would have figured out who the killer was. (The author does not give a lot of clues in that direction.) Part of it takes place in a remote area whi ...more
Jughead
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you like to read a series of whodunits, in which you would like to actually play the detective and solve the mystery, this is definitely a good pick. And also the characters are wonderfully developed.
An interesting story and one could guess, fairly early, who did it (or at least narrow it down to a few people) and that is what I like about the series-even though you have your suspicions, you feel compelled to finish the book to get the full picture. I felt a little confused after reading it,
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Cathy Hooper
Feb 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
I debated between 3 and 4 stars, as I enjoyed the book but really it doesn’t compare with some other 4 star books I have read recently. I read the first in this series not too long ago and liked it well enough. So she I looked for more and saw the set of 4-6 for a good price, I bought it. I wonder if I missed something vital in #2 and 3 or if the background of the main character is never explained. She was slightly more the “main character” in this one than the first but I wouldn’t call her a dr ...more
Jill
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: clara-benson
Like all GA reads, there are a lot of coincidences taking place, but that is the nature of these. Our main character, Angela Marchmont, finds the body of a young woman, and it all leads on from there. This is the fourth book in the series and this character is definitely becoming one of my favourites. I do enjoy her sense of humour, and the asides that are added. Her relationship with her chauffeur, William, was amusing, and with Freddy, she showed she was human. I enjoyed this episode a lot, an ...more
Louisa Jones
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Angela Marchmont sure runs into some strange folk! This story involves Angela and her driver, William, finding a lady’s body in a ditch in the mists of Romney Marsh while on the way to visit her friends.
I think this is one of my favorite stories in the Angela Marchmont series. I especially enjoyed Freddy, a budding journalist who happened to be friends with everyone in the neighborhood. He had an air of casual but friendly narcissism so that everyone liked him no matter what problems he was caus
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Ann
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read several of the Angela Marchmont books and they remind me of Mrs. Fisher’s murder mysteries on PBS.
They are delightful books full of British style and characters.
Reading on a Kindle is also more fun because in many cases (being from the US) words and slang are unfamiliar to me. But with Kindle I can see a definition immediately and the story makes more sense. Plus I’m learning British slang! Ha.
All in all I recommend this series for a quick delightful read.
Amanda Jane
Meh

Could see where this was heading and wasn't wrong. Do I believe it.. no. Would the police fall for it? Unlikely.. she had to have had an accomplice and it's obvious who.. it's all too neatly trimmed to fit in the final confession, it raises too many questions altogether.

Benson seems to be fixated on the ladies of the house having multiple dalliances, especially with other people's staff and husband's who accept that this is normal, except it's odd.. very odd indeed.
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Susan
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it
While visiting her friend Marguerite Harrison for the weekend at Romney Marsh, Angela Marchmont's car crashes into a ditch, and she discovers a body of a women. Helping Inspector Jameson, can either of them find the murderer.
An enjoyable, well-written mystery, though I did work out the why quite early but that did not distract from the story.
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hollace turnage
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good writing

Angela marchmont is a great character, well developed and interesting. As a mystery, the plot moves forward and makes sense. The other characters provide diversion but not fake confusion.
Michael
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love books set in England

I have always loved England, and when a book is set in places where I have been I love them even more. I place myself in the story and see the places through a different set of eyes. Such Fun!
Joan
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’m a fan of this series and started reading them in order. She’s such a likeable character because she is a reluctant detective. But once she gets hold of questionable murder she jumps in gladly to help solve it.
Roger Taylor
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first mystery I have read in this series and I enjoyed it a lot. I like the time period and the story moved along quickly although it was not too difficult to predict who the ultimate culprit was. I will be reading more of this author.
Bernadette Davies
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A true page turner!

Such an enjoyable read from start to finish! A true page turner. Highly recommend this series of books to anyone who likes period dramas and detective novels that are intriguing and fun with never a dull moment.
Jane Shibilski
The fourth in the Angela Marchmont series, this was an interesting, if a bit slow going, addition to the series. The cast of characters was limited, thus it was easier to determine the murderer beforehand. The entire plot was predictable and it was much too easy to determine the end ahead of time. I did like the addition of Freddy as he provided some comic relief. Overall, the plot was a decent cozy mystery and I will continue with the rest of the series.
Jackie Johnston
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable

Excellent mystery which leaves you guessing until quite well into the book. Enjoyable characters and very evocative descriptions of the manners and behaviour prevalent 100 years ago. Will definitely read more.
Teddi
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it
3 starts for an average mystery. Nothing spectacular or exciting.
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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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