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A Case of Murder in Mayfair

(Freddy Pilkington-Soames Adventures #2)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  570 ratings  ·  26 reviews
When Hollywood star Dorothy Dacres plummets six floors from her hotel terrace on the night of her greatest triumph, it initially looks like a tragic accident. But her death is so very convenient to her many enemies that press-man Freddy Pilkington-Soames, who was there on the night she died, begins to suspect foul play. And when cocaine is found in her room, it only compli ...more
Kindle Edition, 248 pages
Published December 8th 2016 by Mount Street Press
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Lady Wesley
3.5 stars, rounded up because I laughed out loud (when offhandedly Freddy spins a tale about his sidekick Basil's parentage).

I have enjoyed Clara Benson's Angela Marchmont cozy mysteries, so decided to give Freddy Pilkington-Soames a try. The setting is London in the early 1930s. Freddy is delightfully wry, and his rival reporter, Corky, is annoying but makes an excellent foil. The mystery plot was well developed, and all the clues were there. Nevertheless, there are a couple of surprising twist
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable “game afoot” to solve. Author’s up to her usual par. Narrator, Gethyn Edwards, is a pleasant male voice and is easily understood.
Pauline Ross
This is the second in the spin-off series from the author’s Angela Marchmont series or murder mysteries set in the twenties. This time, Freddy Pilkington-Soames, insouciant man-about-town, finds himself in the middle of a drugs-and-murder case amongst a set of film people. A famous Hollywood actress somehow falls from a high balcony during a party announcing her landing a plum part. She wasn’t the nicest person in the world, so no shortage of suspects with a grudge against her, including another ...more
Judi Easley
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This must be quite the series. This second one in the series is brisk, amusing, interesting, and has twists that I certainly didn't see coming. The characters are well done. The period isn't overdone, just done nicely. And the little snobberies between the Americans and British are funny. I'd like to read one or two more to see how this series really holds together since book one and two were so very different. Recommended ...more
A thorough romp. Freddy loses a little insouciance when the story is from his POV, and tends to be a little more sensible altogether than my impression of him from Angela's books, but still an enjoyable story. ...more
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another charming Freddy novel. Lots of colorful; characters that would be at home in a Noel Coward comedy. An aging actress from Hollywood, ambitious to stay on top and in London to promote herself starring in a planned forthcoming film--one of those new talkies to help you date this in early 1930s--dies from a mysterious fall from her penthouse suite during a party she threw to honor herself, and a range of those she had wronged throughout her career were in attendance. So was Freddy, and that' ...more
Amanda Jane
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Freddy is better..

..than Angela! There's a comedic turn about the Freddy series that gives it an edge over the Marchmont series even though the characters overlap somewhat.

The Ace reporter finds himself in some tricky situations and has a rather interesting way of getting out of them.

His clues don't seem to be dropped in quite so obviously or heavily, which helps, although the description of places and scenes of crimes could be clearer and more detailed. The terraces do become harder to follow i
I've been listening to these as audiobooks and have been completely charmed by the narrator. He just a fantastic job differentiating the various characters and it really sucks you into the storyline. It's about a 7-hour book, so it's not too long not too short. It's the perfect length for a day. I enjoy the audio books because I'm able to do other things while I'm listening, like crochet or cross stitch or cook. Another enjoyable read in the series. I've already downloaded book 3. I definitely r ...more
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Freddy Pilkington-Soames has been invited to a party held by Hollywood Star Dorothy Dacres, as a guest of actress Augusta Laing, aka Gussie Lippincott. But the evenig does not go as planned as Dorothy Dacres falls from the sixth floor terrace.
Accident or murder. Inspector Eintwistle and Sergeant Bird investigate. With the help of Freddy, and reporter Corky Beckwith.
An enjoyable and well-written cozy mystery
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Case of Murder in Mayfair

This book is perfectly serviceable as a second novel in a series. It is not the best novel in the series because it does not match volume one. This is readable and somewhat likeable, but not the best.
Michelle Abraham Ne Hartshorn
Very good.

Very intriguing and I adore the time period and the characters . It transports you to another time and you can let your imagination run over. I very much enjoy Ms Benson's books. Easy and light to read and hard to put down.
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was really cute. Set in the time of "talkie" pictures. ...more
Janet Mahlum
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chirp
The story was good, the characters were good, the writing was good. I listened to it on audio and the narrator was horrible.
May 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Aug 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another diverting entertainment with Freddy. A bit more mystery and less rollicking humor than the first book, still good.
Morris-Ken Hines
Jan 06, 2018 rated it liked it
A good series

I enjoyed this little read of Freddy but a lot of things that happened could never have happened but this is a book.
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: golden-age-crime
A short but enjoyable book set in the Golden Age of Crime. A bit light but good fun.
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good reading!

Ms. Benson continues to delight! I recommend any of her books any time. You will discover well-written prose, interesting stories, just the right amount of humor, sometimes a bit of pathos, clever dialog, and characters who very soon begin to seem like your neighbors and/or friends.
Dec 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars.

Benson's second novel featuring society gadabout turned Fleet-Street journalist Freddy Pilkington-Soames. In this one, Freddy is present when American film star Dorothy Dacres falls to her death from the penthouse at the Abingdon Hotel in Mayfair. Or was she pushed?

I like the way Benson is developing Freddy and his world in this series. It's a little darker than the Angela Marchmont series--there's a drug ring in this one, and the crime isn't ever "solved" in the sense th
Justin Kneissler
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another great respite from reality

So where do I begin. First you take everyone's favorite Clarion reporter, throw in a dead woman that many would like to see dead, add a dash of Hollywood and a powdering of cocaine. The result is an engaging read.
The second Freddy book was another great read that really feels like putting on your favorite sweater. I look forward to seeing what comes next for Freddy.
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Second Book Is Even Better than the First!

I love this series! The characters are likable and interesting. The conflict is resolved in each book, making each book a stand-alone. These are lighthearted, well written mysteries.
In book 2, the main character is even more developed, and the plot unfolds nicely. I look forward to reading more in the series!
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As much as I always liked Freddy, I was worried that I wouldn't enjoy his adventures as much as Angela Marchmont's. It's not an issue, I loved this story as much as the rest of Clara Benson's excellent period mysteries. This one involves Hollywood actors and I really enjoyed the unpredictable plot and quirky cast of characters. An excellent read. ...more
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nice mystery

Enjoyed this book very much. It was perfect for a quite evening at home. I am looking forward to book number 3 in this series.
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: could-not-finish
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Clara Benson's books are a nice easy read. This is Freddy's second case. I like a nice easy read now and then. ...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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