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A Case of Duplicity in Dorset

(Freddy Pilkington-Soames Adventures #4)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  364 ratings  ·  14 reviews
When the Duke of Purbeck throws a house party to celebrate his daughter's twenty-first birthday and present her with a family heirloom, nobody expects that the weekend will end in murder. The fabled Belsingham pearls have a history steeped in blood and slaughter dating back more than a century—and now it seems they've claimed another life, when the interfering and opiniona ...more
Kindle Edition, 280 pages
Published November 19th 2017 by Mount Street Press
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Another strong entry from Benson (though again Freddy is far less insouciant than he appeared to be in the initial series). I do hope (view spoiler) ...more
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pleasant cozy mystery. I must say though that I knew who would be the victim as soon as he was introduced to the story. Professor Coddington couldn't have been more disagreeably unpleasant if he tried. It's as if he derived great pleasure from goading people with his condescending, arrogant attitude. No one was sorry that he was dead. But Freddy's inquisitive nature trand sharp intelligence saved the family from total scandal. It was an enjoyable read.

2nd reading Dec.2020 - ‘If this w
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have no words to describe how much I enjoyed this latest Clara Benson mystery. I am a huge fan of the Angela Marchmont series, and I've been loving the Freddy books. The dialogues make me smile and even laugh out loud. The characters are always eccentric enough to make them fun, but not too much that they are not relatable. I love Freddy and the soft spot in his heart that he works so hard to hide. But this volume also did the unthinkable: it completely had me in the dark until the very end. I ...more
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Freddy comes into his own! Darn clever figuring things out. There is romance! There is murder! His proximity to the aristocracy makes it all more illustrative. I enjoyed the references to the Duke in this book being very down to earth (my phrase). I very much look forward to more Freddy books.
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a fabulous little book...

I'm going to reiterate what several other reviewers have said. The Freddy books are a wonderful mix of Agatha Christie and PG Wodehouse. That said, they have one more facet that gives them their own particular charm. Continuity and character growth (at least in my opinion). There's much to be said for keeping your characters very stable and letting the plot be the focus. Rex Stout did it memorably through more than 70 or 80 stories I think, in which Nero Wolfe and
Jan 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I loves Benson’s series about Angela Marchmont, and I’ve read all of the books in this spinoff series about one of the characters from that series, Freddie Pilkington-Soames. Alas, I just don’t like these as well, and this installment was a real slog for me. The plot—a classic country-house mystery, where one of the guests is murdered and another is the murderer—felt a bit stilted to me. The cast of characters, which is so important to this kind of plot, consisted of younger folks whose personal ...more
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
A weekend house party at lovely Belsingham, where Freddy and his mum among others are guests of his cousin the Duke and his dear wife, the duchess hostess. But the careless daughter, preparing for the coming out dinner then big ball to celebrate her coming of age, discovers the fabled Belsingham pearls she was finally to wear are missing. What's more, there's a dead house guest in the library. A fun romp with Freddy. Be prepared for hidden passageways, girls getting smooched in linen closets, an ...more
Amanda Jane
Light-hearted, lights out and light-fingered..

.. a murder, missing pearls, secret tunnels, too many houseguests.. Freddy in fine form caught between the girl he lost and the girl he doesn't really think he wants.. can he improve his families opinion of him, or will he only create more trouble for everyone?

The unforgivable is the huge clue to half the solution slapped right there on the cover. I just don't understand why anyone would do that. Such an obvious clue.. please consider that actually g
Pauline Ross
A cracking read, definitely the best Freddy yet. In this, the fourth book of the series, he finally leaves London behind and sets off for a pleasant country house party with various members of his family (headed by the Duke and Duchess of Purbeck) and an array of other eccentric characters. What with a body in the library, a stolen necklace, secret passages and lots of guests creeping about in the middle of the night, this is perfect murder mystery escapism.

Here’s the plot: the Duke and Duchess
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Adore Freddy

I enjoyed this book very much. The plot was well thought out and interesting. I adore Lord Lucian and hopefully he will appear in more of Freddy's adventures. Can't wait for the next book!
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Sharon Stine
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it
First half boring due to the predictable upper class English setting and characters confusing.
It picked up and became a twisty mystery that Benson is known for
Justin Kneissler
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great fun

Another enjoyable episode in the Freddy series. Fans of Freddy won't be disappointed. Lighthearted, funny and enjoyable are words that spring to mind
Oct 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another enjoyable book in the Freddy Pilkington-Soames series. These mysteries are well-written and the characters are well drawn - good choices for my short attention span in this pandemic.
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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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