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So Clara Benson, an unknown author (to me, at least) wrote this series of charming little mystery-adventure stories in the 1920’s I think. Too bad she didn’t publish them at that time, because they have value.
This one is complicated—has a little something for everyone—with Angela Marchmont going to Cornwall to rest a bit after an illness, and doing anything but, as she learns the house she is staying in is close to an old smugglers house, and something of valuable supposed to still be there.
Although, as an adult, I find this a fun listen/read, I think back in the days (waaaaaay back, in the 1950’s) when I was reading Nancy Drew books, this series would have fit in with those to some extent, and I would have loved them then a lot. There is a 12 year old girl, Barbara, who plays a big role, and the writing is simple and clean enough that a young person could enjoy them. But don’t take that to think this isn’t action-packed and appropriate for adults, because it is. Recommend to anyone who enjoys the old classic mysteries.
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Discovered Clara Benson recently but there was only one book in Audible. I contacted the author and she advised me there were more to come so I kept a lookout for her. Her books are very witty and clever and great fun to listen to. They make you feel like you have gone back to an elegant era. Angela Marchmount is a great character and I enjoyed the addition of her unusual ward Barbara. The mysteries are always complex and layered, but not far-fetched. The narrator does an excellent job with both male and female characters. She uses many different voices all very appropriate. I highly recommend these books
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