Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “A Case of Murder in Mayfair (A Freddy Pilkington-Soames Adventure Book 2)” as Want to Read:
A Case of Murder in Mayfair (A Freddy Pilkington-Soames Adventure Book 2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

A Case of Murder in Mayfair

(Freddy Pilkington-Soames Adventures #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  466 ratings  ·  16 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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 248 pages
Published December 8th 2016 by Mount Street Press
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about A Case of Murder in Mayfair, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about A Case of Murder in Mayfair

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.02  · 
Rating details
 ·  466 ratings  ·  16 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of A Case of Murder in Mayfair (A Freddy Pilkington-Soames Adventure Book 2)
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
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.
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 ...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
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.
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
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.
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.
rated it really liked it
Jan 25, 2017
rated it liked it
Jan 09, 2017
Gina Farrar
rated it liked it
Apr 08, 2019
Rebecca C Burton
rated it it was amazing
Jan 19, 2017
Marilyn F York
rated it liked it
Mar 06, 2017
Joan Sevigny
rated it did not like it
Jun 12, 2017
rated it liked it
Apr 07, 2017
Carl Lamkin
rated it it was amazing
Mar 10, 2018
Barbara and Bowman Price
rated it really liked it
Mar 02, 2017
Mrs Pauline Adamson
rated it really liked it
Sep 06, 2017
rated it liked it
Jan 03, 2017
Jane Oates
rated it liked it
Feb 18, 2018
Nancy Russell
rated it really liked it
Jan 07, 2017
Jen Bingham
rated it it was ok
Dec 22, 2016
rated it really liked it
Mar 10, 2018
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Death Beside the Seaside (Lady Hardcastle,#6)
  • Tragedy at Piddleton Hotel (Churchill & Pemberley #1)
  • Murder in Black Tie (High Society Lady Detective)
  • The Burning Issue of the Day (Lady Hardcastle Mysteries #5)
  • Murder at Blackburn Hall (High Society Lady Detective Book 2)
  • Fall of Angels (Inspector Redfyre Mystery #1)
  • Murder at the Boat Club: a cozy 1920s murder mystery (A Ginger Gold Mystery)
  • The Egyptian Antiquities Murder (High Society Lady Detective Book 3)
  • An Unwelcome Guest (Penny Green Series Book 7)
  • A Nefarious Engagement (Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries #4)
  • Murder on Eaton Square (A Ginger Gold Mystery, #10)
  • Dead in the Water (Campbell and Carter Mystery #4)
  • Rack, Ruin and Murder (Campbell and Carter Mystery #2)
  • The Saltwater Murder (Posie Parker Mystery #7)
  • The Body on the Beach (Fethering, #1)
  • Murder at Morrington Hall (A Stella and Lyndy Mystery #1)
  • Murder at the Tea Party: 1920s Historical Cozy Mystery (An Evie Parker Mystery Book 2)
  • The Black Cat Murders: A Cotswolds Country House Murder (Heathcliff Lennox Book 2)
See similar books…
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.

If you want to be

Other books in the series

Freddy Pilkington-Soames Adventures (5 books)
  • A Case of Blackmail in Belgravia (Freddy Pilkington-Soames Adventures #1)
  • A Case of Conspiracy in Clerkenwell (Freddy Pilkington-Soames Adventures #3)
  • A Case of Duplicity in Dorset (Freddy Pilkington-Soames Adventures #4)
  • A Case of Suicide in St. James's (Freddy Pilkington-Soames Adventures #5)