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A Case of Murder in Mayfair

(Freddy Pilkington-Soames Adventures #2)

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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
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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
Andrea
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.
Scot
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
Susan
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.
Katylocks
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.
Peggy
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.
Rosemary
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
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JK
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.
Joy
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!
Elisa
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.
Shelby
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.
Diantha
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: could-not-finish
meh
Patricia
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.
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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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