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The Problem at Two Tithes

(Angela Marchmont Mystery #7)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  695 ratings  ·  36 reviews
On a reluctant visit to her painfully respectable brother and his wife, Angela Marchmont finds herself once again caught up in murder when a local farmer is shot dead, apparently at the hands of his sworn enemy. But the case is not as simple as it seems, for other motives and suspects soon come to light. With reporters hot on the scent and her friend Inspector Jameson batt ...more
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published December 9th 2014 by Mount Street Press
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Susan in NC
Aug 11, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars - I always enjoy an outing with Angela Marchmont, not so much for the mysteries, although those are generally fine, but more for the characters - I guess that’s typical for a “cozy” mystery series. I don’t really like that term, but I guess it aptly describes the type of character driven, no bloody gore mysteries I enjoy.

Here, in book 7, which picks up immediately after Angela’s last case in Italy, we learn a bit more about her family, as she is finally paying a duty visit to her child
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I can't even begin to explain what a delight this series is. If you're a fan of British Golden Age mysteries, but find Miss Marple a bore, please check out these books, which were written in the 1920s and 30s but only discovered by the author's family after her death in the 1960s. The detective figure, Angela Marchmont, has recently returned to England after living in the United States for many years, sans her American husband...and what happened to him is an ongoing mystery through the series, ...more
We learn a lot more about Angela's past as we visit her childhood home, meet her stuffy family, and tackle a murder where the obvious suspect is quickly eliminated, but no-one is very keen on bringing the murder home to the next-most obvious people.

One of the things I like about this series is the time and sympathy it gives to characters who are often considered uninteresting, such as the murdered man's wife.
Aug 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having returned from her holiday, Angela Marchmont is visiting her stuffy brother, Sir Humphrey Cardew and his disapproving wife, Elizabeth. Angela is determined to be on her best behaviour and be utterly respectable but, of course, murder intervenes. The victim is the deeply unpleasant Mr Tipping, whose son is courting Elizabeth’s widowed sister. It has to be said that this possible marriage is looked upon with more indulgence by Sir Humphrey, who is keen to offload the responsibilities of scho ...more
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: clara-benson
Another very readable book by Benson. Angela goes down to stay with her very straight-laced brother and his wife. He makes it clear that he disapproves of any of Angela's past, and especially her notoriety regarding investigating crimes. Seems she has really got roped-in to helping with the local fete, however during this event a murder occurs. She promises she will keep out of any dealings with it, but obviously she is interested, and so we are lead through the investigation.
I did enjoy the bo
Tracey North
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Country life can be murder

I've enjoyed this series from the very first. Each installment gets better. In The Problem at Two Tithes we get the opportunity to get to know more about Angela and her family. When an old feud results in the death of of one of the participants suspicions falls on the his counterpart. But when he has a solid alibi, the next to be arrested is a member of Angela's family. Suddenly Angela is in the middle of another murder mystery that is very close to home. The usual char
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Seventh in the series. Angela returns to her familial home, and we see her interacting with her ever so proper brother and his haughty wife. A local farmer is murdered while the community fair was occurring, and when Inspector Jameson is called in, Angela is there to help her old friend. A subplot about his romantic interest becomes a driving force in the novel, but as he is such a nice guy and so bashful, you don't mind rooting for him while working through all the possibilities of just who is ...more
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another fun and easy read! I have been enjoying the Marchmont series, and this one was no different. It was comical to see the situations she got her self into even when she tried to be on her best behavior. It gave the series a nice change of pace, as opposed to her diving right in to solve the mystery.
Sherry Cross
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another visit, another murder

Its seems Angela Marchmont simply cannot go anywhere without a murder popping up & involving her. Much like Jessica Fletcher, she soon sees the only possible solution & spares the local police the trouble of solving the crime themselves. Jolly good fun!
Jane Shibilski
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the main character in this series, Angela Marchmont. She is not only financially independent, but truly her own woman in a time when a woman’s identity was only through her husband. The mystery was pretty simplistic, easy to solve about halfway through. Still, there is something so satisfying with this series I know I will keep on reading them.
Amanda Jane
Jul 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Not sure..

Some characters that came out far too over the top! Some very wooden and really not very appealing ones. The witness who William has to ask is a stretch. as is Corky taking the weapon.. it would have helped if it was funny but it wasn't..
Leanne Pazik
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So fun!!

Another great Angela Marchmont book!!! I won’t spoil anything!!! But worth the reading. There is nothing like a clean murder mystery!!!!
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
This had a rather weak mystery, but everything works out in the end. It also had comic relief in the form of Freddy Pilkington-Soames.
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it
These are kind of fun. However, I can usually figure out "who dunnit" by about the middle books.
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
A light n breezy read. You will like it if you are a fan of Agatha Christie novels..
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A much better book in the series than the last couple . I like a village mystery and the characters were good.
Maureen Hetzel
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love how Angela gets around to different locales which gives the author free rein to develop colorful local characters to meld with "the regulars".
Margot M. Gregory
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very Enjoyable

I enjoyed this story very much. Every one of Ms. Benson's stories expands my word repertoire. I really enjoy the characters.
Whistlers Mom
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
After a long absence, Angela has reluctantly returned to the village of Banford Green, where the Cardews have occupied "Two Tithes" for several centuries. The lovely old home is now owned by Sir Humphrey Cardew (Angela's pompous windbag brother) and his awful wife Elizabeth. Having successfully avoided each other for years, the siblings meet with a great show of good manners and even greater mutual irritation. In 1920's England, there are still places where a woman can cause a scandal by CROSSIN ...more
Pauline Ross
Another bundle of fun in the Angela Marchmont series of murder mysteries set in the twenties. This is the seventh, and the author is absolutely on top form. After the wonderful outing in Italy in The Imbroglio at the Villa Pozzi, here we are back in the heart of England, at the very respectable village home of Angela’s brother, Sir Humphrew Cardew and his wife Elisabeth, two of the most pompous, stuffy and dull people imaginable. They disapprove of Angela and everything about her, and although s ...more
Dec 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Angela Marchmont is paying a delayed visit to her brother and sister in law. Sir Humphrey Cardew is as unlike his sister as it is possible to be and several people during the course of this story remark upon the fact. Angela feels her temper is going to be sorely tried during her visit though things start to look up when a local farmer is found shot dead in the woods.

Inspector Alec Jameson is staying in the neighbourhood and agrees to help the local police. He is an old friend of Angela's as we
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
This was an easy, okay read but disappointing in too many ways. I found most of the characterisation quite thin, including Angela Marchmont, but my main gripe is that it doesn't really feel like "An Angela Marchmont Mystery' anyway. She spends most of the book avoiding getting involved in the crime. Real policemen investigate the murder for 3/4 of the book, and I thought the romance angle involving one of them was handled in a half-hearted way.

This was my first Clara Benson book. I may give anot
Apr 10, 2015 added it
I'm really loving the Angela Marchmont series. It's been a treat to watch the author's writing skills and plots evolve--not to mention character development. I liked the first installment and decided to try the second and beforeo I knew it I was reading them all in order. This time around we get a peak at Angela's family, her compliant,stuffy Labour Party apparatchik brother Humphrey, his boring wife, an "interetsing MIL, and a grand cast of truly interesting side characters. Best of all, I was ...more
Sep 27, 2015 rated it liked it
This is classic British crime fiction and is readable enough, but hardly in the category of Sayers or Christie. What I liked best about the story is that it revealed that life in a small village is not all that it is cracked up to be, especially for the women. Angela Marchmont has freed herself from this stultifying habitat and on a reluctant visit to her old home has promised to avoid sleuthing. However, when a neighboring farmer is blasted with a shotgun and the local police are obviously on t ...more
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Angela is visiting her childhood home where her ultra-respectable brother and his wife live. When a local farmer is shot while nearly everyone is at the church fete at TwoTithes, Angela gets involved. Inspector Jameson is in the area and is requested to help find the murderer, but he soon finds himself in a conflict of interest when he is attracted to one of the suspects. Of course everything is eventually figured out, after arresting several suspects and having to let them go again. Another goo ...more
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another delightful whodunit from Clara Benson. Not only do I love the mysteries, I adore the descriptions of how ladies of leisure from the beginning of the XX century lived, traveled, had tea, dressed, talked... If I ever get a TARDIS, I am traveling to hang out with Angela Marchmont, even if the body count around her is so high. Also, is it weird that I have a crush on William, her American driver? I love these books!
Jun 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Since I read this immediately following Benson's exciting and romantic novel set in Italy's Lakes District, I wasn't quite so enamored with this one. However, in spite of promising her brother not to get involved in any murders while she is visiting their quiet family home, she is immediately faced with a dead body practically in her backyard. How she goes about solving the mystery while keeping her stuffy brother and sister-in-law happy makes for a bit of fun. Another good read.
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another fun read

I like that each successive book in this collection reveals a little more about the heroine. In this one we learn about Angela's childhood and her relationship with her brother, who asks her not to get involved in any investigation during her visit. But will he change his mind when a neighbor is murdered? A very satisfying mystery.
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful instalment in the delightful Angela Marchmont series. This series has been such a joy to read; I love each book more as it progresses!
This mystery takes place at Angela's brother's estate, and I was thrilled to see Freddy Pilkington-Soames join in another of Angela's adventures. Murder, mahem, and the wit of Ms. Clara Benson ensue as usual!
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy the Angela Marchmont series. This takes Angela back to her childhood home, where she has to contend with her overly proper brother & sister-in-law. ...more
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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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