8 /10

The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy

by James Anderson

Snappy Review

A whodunnit in a country house, written in the style of the Golden Age –  it’ll keep you guessing!

Book Synopsis

For fans of the golden age of the English detective story, this is a charming and quirky blend of Agatha Christie, PG Wodehouse and Gosford Park – an affectionate tribute to the classic country-house mysteries of the inter-war years.

It is the 1930s, and a house party is taking place at Alderley, the historic stately home of the Earl and Countess of Burford and their livewire daughter Geraldine. Amongst the guests are a government minister and civil servant engaged in top secret talks with representatives of European powers, a Texan oil millionaire with a taste for guns, his wife – owner of a fabulous diamond necklace, an impoverished woman, an author, a foppish young man and a ravishing Baroness (who is also the Earl`s old flame). And let`s not forget of course, the imperturable butler, Merryweather.

All goes smoothly until during a violent night-time thunderstorm a series of incidents occurs, and when Inspector Wilkens is called in to sort out the goings-on, a body is found in a lake.

Don’t expect me to solve anything,’ Inspector Wilkens announces modestly and with so many interesting suspects in the house indeed it is going to take some intricate sleuthing to uncover who killed whom and why…