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Welcome to Alderley, a magnificent mansion in the heart of the West Country where a grand house party is taking place. The preparations have been made, the guests have been invited, and the staff are on hand. What could possibly go wrong? Let the entertainment begin.
The theft of the diamond necklace and the antique pistols might all be explained, but the body in the lake - that really was a puzzle. 'Don't expect me to solve anything,' Inspector Wilkens announced modestly when he arrived to sort out the unpleasantness. And at a gathering that included English aristocracy, foreign agents in disguise, a ravishing baroness, a daring jewel thief, a Texas millionaire and, of course, the imperturbable butler, it was going to take some intricate sleuthing to uncover who killed whom and why.
©1975 James Anderson (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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By connie on 05-03-13

the title says it all

The novel follows through on its title -- a very funny, campy "manor house" murder mystery set on eve of WWII. The crazy-quilt denouement was, however, too long for my tastes although lovers of convoluted Golden Age homages may like the multiple twists. Cornelius Garret displays virtuosity, but I would have preferred more restrained voices for some of the international accents. I look forward to the subsequent "mangled mink" affair and hope that Audible unearths more from Anderson.

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By Marie on 10-11-13

It had me right up to the end

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I was thoroughly enjoying this story until the final wrap up, and then things got so unnecessarily convoluted that I needed a cheat sheet showing where each character was at every moment in connection with every other character. I enjoyed the writing style and the characters and the fact that there was no unnecessary violence. He came so close, I will probably give the author another try. The narrator was good, except that the female voices were a little funky.

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By Katie on 11-27-15

Enjoyable murder mystery

A brilliantly read murder mystery. Lots of humor, many twists in the story and Cornelius Garret who is one of my all time favorite narrators - with his brilliant characterization. A very enjoyable listen.

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By Hepwood Flutey on 02-13-16

What a treat!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. A murder-mystery set in a stately home, laugh-out-loud humour, a police man who claims not to be 'sanguine' but who solves the mystery anyway - it's wonderful

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy?

Finding out who did the darstardly deed!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I don't know, the whole thing was a joy.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh, titter, giggle, you name it, I did it.

Any additional comments?

I tend to be a bit conservative about what I read - I don't like 'dark', 'edgy', 'gory', swearing, etc, but this was fantastic.

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By Jess on 10-30-17

Fun but confusing!

The reader is enthusiastic rather than accurate with his accents, but reads with enjoyable gusto and humour. The story is light and fun, although the number of characters and the structure of the crime makes it hard to follow. Go along for the ride, it’s quite enjoyable.

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By oceanjasper on 07-08-17

Very entertaining and ingenious

This is a wonderful homage to the Golden Age country house murder mystery. It has a colourful cast of suspects and an abundance of baffling events. There is also quite a bit of humour and a totally surprising solution. Yes, it is extremely convoluted and utterly unrealistic but that's in keeping with the classic detective story puzzle, in which all the clues are there for the reader to join up if they are clever enough.

It is harder to keep everything straight in your head when listening rather than reading (I had to pause the story many times to think things through) but the compensation is Cornelius Garrett's expressive narration which clearly differentiated all the characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will definitely listen to the others in the series.

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