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Malice Aforethought
Malice Aforethought | Francis Iles
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A classic crime masterpiece - and major TV adaptation On a balmy summer's day in 1930 the great and the good of the county are out in force for the annual, much-anticipated tennis party at the Bickleighs, although not everyone has much enthusiasm for the game. The tennis party exists for other reasons - and charmingly mannered infidelity is now the most popular pastime in the small but exclusive Devonshire hamlet of Wyvern's Cross. Which is why, in his own garden, the host, Dr Edmund Bickleigh, is desperately fighting to conceal the two things on his mind: a mounting passion for Gwynfryd Rattery - and the certain conviction that he is going to kill his wife . . .
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LeahBergen
Malice Aforethought | Francis Iles
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I‘ve just started the next read for my IRL book club.

Summer, 1930. Dr. Edmund Bickleigh is hosting a tennis party and has discovered that he needs to kill his wife. And that‘s good enough to intrigue me! 😆

This is one of the classic crime novels mentioned in Peter Swanson‘s Eight Perfect Murders (for any of you who‘ve read and enjoyed that one).

batsy Ooh! I would like to read this. Hope you enjoy it! 2mo
CarolynM Sounds good 2mo
Cathythoughts This sounds good 👍stacking 2mo
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LeahBergen @batsy @CarolynM @Cathythoughts I‘m thoroughly enjoying it! It‘s subtly witty and weird and yet oddly cozy. 😆 (edited) 2mo
Ruthiella This is an interesting mystery. Not a whodunnit but a “will they get away with it”. 🤔 (edited) 1mo
LeahBergen @Ruthiella That‘s right! I‘m really enjoying it. 1mo
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Ruthiella
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I bought this as part of my preparation for Eight Perfect Murders...one of the books not available from either of my libraries. I was surprised when this tiny book showed up on my doorstep! It is part of the Macmillan Collector‘s Library edition. It‘s so cute but also beautiful with its gilt edges, endpapers, and ribbon bookmark.

erzascarletbookgasm Nice! 😍 2y
Freespirit This was recommended to me! 2y
Ruthiella @Freespirit I haven‘t read it yet but it is supposed to be a classic! 2y
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Classic golden age mystery. Berkeley/Iles was a genius at plotting. It‘s a shame that he only wrote a few and his books have been allowed to go out of print (mainly due to the closure of several publishers, I think.) This book is better than some of Christie‘s or Sayers‘. In this one, we know whodunnit and why, but the fun is the how - and finding out how Dr Bickleigh is finally caught. 4.5/5.0⭐️ #2019 Highly recommend for mystery fans.

shanaqui I really want to read more of Berkeley's books, I've only read The Poisoned Chocolates Case! 3y
rretzler I‘ve read several and have recently been collecting them when I can find them for a reasonable price. Unfortunately, many of them are way out of my price range until another publisher picks them up for reprint. The cheapest copy of Murder in the Basement I can find is over $40 used and goes up to $600+.☹️😳 3y
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rabbitprincess
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A delightfully creepy suspense story worthy of its classic status. One of the first whydunnits or howdunnits. Great from the first line to the last.

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rabbitprincess
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Rude!

dsfisher That‘s a woman who needs a courtesy lesson ( was going to say a good smack but I don‘t want to encourage violence) 4y
rabbitprincess @dsfisher Her husband's plotting to murder her, although not for this reason 😁 4y
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