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The Shadow at Greystone Chase

(Angela Marchmont Mystery #10)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  634 ratings  ·  47 reviews
After her bruising encounter with the law, Angela Marchmont has vowed to give up detecting, and is doing her best to forget the events of last winter and the terrible lie she told to save herself. So when a letter arrives from beyond the grave requesting her help and reminding her of the past, she is anything but pleased. Drawn reluctantly into one final case and spurred o ...more
Kindle Edition, 258 pages
Published December 6th 2015
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Pauline Ross
The tenth and final outing in the Angela Marchmont series of murder mysteries set in the twenties. Most of the books of this series can be read independently of each other, but this one is the exception: it follows on almost directly from The Scandal at 23 Mount Street and has many spoilers for that story, so if you haven’t read the ninth book yet, read on at your peril.

After the sombre courtroom drama of the previous book, things are almost back to normal here, with ladylike amateur sleuth Ange
The final of this series, and a suitable conclusion of the multiple threads that had grown through the series.

I was also pleased to read the author's note at the end, not only for the abandonment of the "found manuscript" fiction, but also because it looks like Freddy is getting his own series.

Highly recommended series to anyone who likes their golden age mysteries.
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a way to end a series! Bravo Clara Benson. You tied up all loose ends and ended on a high note for Angela Marchmont. Perhaps we will hear from Angela again...
Leanne Pazik
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So sad she is done!!!

Well I finished ALL 20, each one better and more intriguing then the one before!!! I will NOT spoil anything!!!! So I will say, good bye Angela have a great and mischievous future!!!
Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is how you end a series... I still want more, but I guess that's it, being that Clara Benson didn't write any more Angela Marchmont books. All of her regulars appear to say goodbye, and I really loved where the story ends. Yes, it is predictable and sappy, but I loved it! It's bittersweet, but I will be re-reading this series in the future. ...more
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sigh - the last full book in this series. I wish there were more, but she has pretty much wrapped it up. Edgar is dead, but at his request and that of his lawyer/uncle, Angela agrees to go to his childhood home at Greystone Chase to try to prove that Edgar did not kill his wife Selina, although he was convicted of her murder and then escaped; she feels she owes it to him for saving her life. She is still recovering from her own courtroom trauma as told in the previous book, which should be read ...more
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I chose this in desperation when I couldn’t find anything I wanted to read. I’d read the first three books in the series and enjoyed them (at least, that’s my memory from several years back.) Certainly, the author’s writing style has improved from the first three to this last in the series. And I tend to enjoy an old fashioned mystery where the reader is restricted to the main character’s POV and what she/he finds out. While that mostly means a series of interviews, it usually makes for a fun ga ...more
Dorothy J. Barkell
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful storytelling

I had read some of these books in the past, but never put them all together. A few weeks ago I read books 3-6 and realized how much I truly enjoyed them. I couldn't wait to.get to the next one to find out what was happening friends, and especially to Angela. Each book.on its own was interesting and satisfying, but I think once I began to put them together. I realized the big picture was even greater than the sum of its parts. I don't want to spoil the reading for some
Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Now that Angela has evaded the hangman's noose and is ready to give up detecting, she gets a letter imploring her to revisit the case of the love of her life Edgar Valencourt, found guilty of strangling his wife over a decade earlier, believed perished in a fatal fall from a bridge after he escaped prison. Although he is dead and gone, he had offered his life to protect hers, and he claims he was innocent. Can she, in this final book, change the status of that ruling and case? Should she bother? ...more
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A good final book to end the series. If you are looking for a casual 20th century style detective fiction with heart warming characters and witty narrative, you might enjoy this. When you read a long series like this one, one wishes that the characters in the book were real. They are wonderfully portrayed-their behaviour, their idiosyncrasies along with their flaws skilfully captured. After reading this I would like nothing more than to meet these characters in real life and it feels a little sa ...more
Sherry Cross
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
And so, the end at last

I have now read all of this series except, oddly enough, the first in the series. Had i read that one i might have had a better idea of Angela's age! I'm trying to find that first one, but i must say i have loved them all. I'm not sure about the ending of this one, but perhaps Freddy will hear from Angela & clear up any doubt of her happiness. Loved this series, looking forward to seeing what Freddy gets up to.
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Lovely Golden Age Mystery

Clara Benson invited me to get to know Angela Marchmont in the first page of Book 1, Murder at Sissingham Hall and I fell in love with her. I have so thoroughly enjoyed every word, every phrase, every description and thankful I caught sight of the first book on Amazon. Thank you dear writer, it has been a pleasure!!!
Sylvia Hopkins-Harris
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Marvelous Whodunit!

The last of a ten part series and it didn't disappoint. The relationships of Angela Marchmont were tied up neatly and I loved the results. It's best to read the series in order to see character developments and how the relationships are inner woven in the storylines. No spoiler alert, read for yourself.
Nicole Shames
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A satisfying ending to a 10 book series!

Although sad to read the last book, I was happy to see the series wrapped up with a satisfying ending. I can hold out hope that Ms. Benson sees fit to restart the series set some time later in America. I’m certain that Angela would have lots of adventures in NY post 1929. 😎
Amanda Jane
Jul 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Not what I hoped for..

.. because it's turned into a romance.

More unlikely and slightly silly plot lines.. which is annoying.. I do like Freddie though.. and I rather hope that his series will be an improvement over Angela's which now feels like a long road to a HEA. I'd much rather have been aware upfront that books 9 and 10 are a two part mini series within the set.

ELzabeth Livingstone
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I had a ' deal's from Angela for a while but delighted that l resumed with the last two adventures
Brilliant, will take on the New adventures with Freddie? He comes across as mischievous and clever. Will miss the elegant Angela and daring Edgar.

Judith m cox
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

What a wonderful series. I read all ten of these very well written books one after the other. Loved all the characters. The storyline were interesting her good who done it's. Highly recommend.
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This seems to be the last full book in this series and I am ready for it to be over. The murder investigation was a real reach. I know she has spun off the Freddy character into four more books, but I will probably not read them.
Margot M. Gregory
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great series

I am sad to say good by to Angela Marchmont. I greatly enjoyed the series. Her moral complexity. The full language. The kindness and humanity. I would recommend this series to my friends and family. Teens and adults.
Cindy Chambers
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sweet sorrow

So sorry this series has ended and maybe sometime in the future she will return. I very much enjoyed this series and hope to see more in the future
Peggy Rounds
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I don't like writing series!!! Just what the doctor ordered, an English mystery...enjoyable, light, fun... Just want to get this done!!!
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Spell binding

I thoroughly enjoyed Angela Marchmont and her adventures. I hope we hear more from her someday and learn of her new life.
Cathy Anne
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Angela Marchmount

Oh, how I love all of these stories!!!!!! I’m sad it has ended, but will read on with Freddy . Thank you for your imagination of writing!!! I loved them all!!!
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Gabi Eagon
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very satisfying.

Of course it's the last tale of Angela Marchmont but(maybe not). I want to believe that she will be back because her life is fascinating and there's more to tell.
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
With this tenth book, Clara Benson wraps up her Golden-Age series about amateur detective Angela Marchmont. In the ninth installment, Angela found herself in the unusual role of suspect, as she was put on trial for her (estranged) husband's murder. That book left many things unresolved, so this one picks up where the previous one left off. Consequently, there's a lot of rehashing that goes on at the outset of book 10. It also felt like we heard the backstory about the final investigation Angela ...more
Jan 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Fun ending to the Angela Marchmont series. Good wrap up of all the loose ends -- also, clarifies that Clara Benson is a modern author, not writing contemporaneously in the period the books are set in.

Angela is asked by the deceased Edgar to go back and clear him of the crime of murdering his wife. She reluctantly looks into it, eventually aided by Freddy. She talks to a lot of people, and ends up coming to a far different conclusion than the police. In the end, she is successful in getting the
Rosie Chapel
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book, the conclusion to the Angela Marchmont series - although it was left open enough for another if the author so chose! I have enjoyed the whole series and, without giving too much away, was very happy to see that several threads were wound up. I like Clara Benson's writing style - fast paced without feeling as though the story is rushed with a plot line that twisted and turned rather nicely. Highly recommend, but you should start from the beginning really, although each story can ...more
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness! I loved this book SO much!! I am so sad that it is the last Angela Marchmont book but I loved the way everything ended up resolving. Such a very exciting and entertaining series; one of my favourites I have ever, ever read. I can't give it a better recommendation than that!
One thing I will add to this review. Please make sure you read the author's note at the end of this book. And that's all I'm saying!
Darlene Zubbrick
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sad to see it end.

I have read and loved all of the Angela Marchmont series. This is the last book and I am sad to see it end.

I only gave it four stars because, although the mystery was terrific, I thought the ending was sappy and out of character for Angela. Also, after reading the author's note at the end, I was left feeling deceived. I really believed the story about the old manuscripts found in a trunk in the attic and now feel rather foolish.
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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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