A Case of Blackmail in Belgravia

  • by Clara Benson
  • Narrated by Gethyn Edwards
  • 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It's 1929, and Ticky Maltravers is the toast of London high society, adored by everyone - or so it seems, until somebody poisons him over dinner. Now it turns out that numerous people with secrets to hide had every reason to wish him dead. But which of them murdered him? For Freddy Pilkington-Soames, newspaper reporter and man-about-town, the question hits a little too close to home, thanks to an unfortunate drunken encounter with Ticky's corpse which he'd much rather the police didn't find out about - and thanks also to his exasperating mother Cynthia's seeming determination to get herself arrested by tampering with the evidence. But a pretty girl with big blue eyes is demanding his help in solving the mystery, so what can he do but agree? Now all he has to do is hide the wrong clues, find the right ones, and unmask the murderer before the police discover what's really been going on. That ought to be easy enough. If only people didn't keep getting killed....

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Wodehouse meets Christie--a treat to listen to!

Don't be put off by the fun in this book--where Clara Benson writes, and Gethyn Edwards reads--- a perfect capturing of the parody of the upper class in Britain, while also weaving in a very good mystery. Freddy Pilkington-Soames, journalist and son of one of the suspects, starts out more like Bertie Wooster, but winds up sounding a great deal more intelligent and capable. An interesting transition that takes place very gradually through the story, but not until loads of episodes ensue, as Benson does the Wodehouse-like poking of fun at the stilted manners and customs of the privileged folks.

Tricky Maltravers is a man people don't seem to like, but strangely everyone treats him like royalty. Until they don't--and very quickly in the story, he is murdered. The early part of the book is like a madcap, laugh-aloud farce, but as the story evolves, and Freddy decides he needs to get serious about solving the mystery, it becomes more traditional, though without ever losing that slightly amusing look at the gentry of between-the-wars Britain.

I really liked this book. Never having heard of either the author or narrator before, I hesitated before purchasing it. Now, I hope there are more! This seemed a special treat to find. I highly recommend it for a light, but delightful, listen.
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- Kathi

Freddy is Back

I read and enjoyed the entire 10 book series Clara Benson wrote about Angela Marchmont. Freddy was a reoccurring character in that series. It was fun to see him again in an adventure of his own. Gethyn Edwards does a fine job of narrating the story. Clear and understandable and easy to distinguish which character is speaking. He also conveys the mood of each scene.

I admit the story isn't "great literature", but it is a fun vintage feeling mystery. Those who have run out of Agatha Christie mysteries will probably enjoy reading about Freddy.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-17-2017
  • Publisher: Clara Benson