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Written in reaction to what Bentley perceived as the sterility and artificiality of the detective fiction of his day, Trent's Last Case features Philip Trent, an all-too-human detective who not only falls in love with the chief suspect but reaches a brilliant conclusion that is totally wrong.
Trent's Last Case begins when millionaire American financier Sigsbee Manderson is murdered while on holiday in England. A London newspaper sends Trent to investigate, and he is soon matching wits with Scotland Yard's Inspector Murth as they probe ever deeper in search of a solution to a mystery filled with odd, mysterious twists and turns.
Called by Agatha Christie 'one of the best detective stories ever written', Trent's Last Case delights with its flesh-and-blood characters, its naturalness and easy humour, and its style, which, as Dorothy Sayers has noted, 'ranges from a vividly coloured rhetoric to a delicate and ironical literary fancy'.
©1913 Estate of E. C. Bentley; Introduction © John Curran 2017; Afterword © Estate of Dorothy L. Sayers (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
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Critic Reviews

"The finest detective story of modern times." (G. K. Chesterton)
"A masterpiece of detective fiction." (Edgar Wallace)
"Trent's Last Case holds a very special place in the history of detective fiction. A tale of unusual brilliance and charm - startlingly original." (Dorothy L. Sayers)
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By Kl Love on 10-15-17

An exceptionally clever plot

This is another of the lovely 'period' mysteries, whose depiction of time and place is a pleasure in itself. This was a world in which it was necessary to explain what the rearview mirror in a car was, and what it was for; in which tobacco was a universal solace and a celebration supper still consisted of mutton.
But this is also a very cleverly-plotted mystery, with several twists that I didn't foresee (including the last one, which came as a real surprise). The character of Trent is mildly attractive, being a classic, slightly eccentric gentleman sleuth. One does not become deeply engaged with any of the characters, but they are interesting and sympathetic enough to hold ones interest.
The narrator did a excellent job, with good pacing and a pleasant voice. He manages to make the characters distinctive, without straining to 'act them out' in a literal sense.
I found this an unusually enjoyable listen, one of the best of its genre. A real pleasure.

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By Kindle Customer on 09-08-17

Interest story

Founded couldn't stop listening, reader, very well read
Good voice story fascinating lots of twists and turns

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