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The Wintringham Mystery
The Wintringham Mystery | Anthony Berkeley
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Republished for the first time in nearly 95 years, a classic winter country house mystery by the founder of the Detection Club, with a twist that even Agatha Christie couldn't solve! Stephen Munro, a demobbed army officer, reconciles himself to taking a job as a footman to make ends meet. Employed at Wintringham Hall, the delightful but decaying Sussex country residence of the elderly Lady Susan Carey, his first task entails welcoming her eccentric guests to a weekend house-party, at which her bombastic nephew - who recognises Stephen from his former life - decides that an after-dinner sance would be more entertaining than bridge. Then Cicely disappears! With Lady Susan reluctant to call the police about what is presumably a childish prank, Stephen and the plucky Pauline Mainwaring take it upon themselves to investigate. But then a suspicious death turns the game into an altogether more serious affair... This classic winter mystery incorporates all the trappings of the Golden Age - a rambling country house, a sance, a murder, a room locked on the inside, with servants, suspects and alibis, a romance - and an ingenious puzzle. First published as a 30-part newspaper serial in 1926 - the year The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was published, The Wintringham Mystery was written by Anthony Berkeley, founder of the famous Detection Club. Also known as Cicely Disappears, the Daily Mirror ran the story as a competition with a prize of 500 (equivalent to 30,000 today) for anyone who guessed the solution correctly. Nobody did - even Agatha Christie entered and couldn't solve it. Can you?
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Litsi
The Wintringham Mystery | Anthony Berkeley
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At an old estate being headed by a cranky rich woman, a woman goes missing from a closed room with 11 people in it. How? Cupboards, sofas, priest holes and ice houses all play a part. The amateur detective is a bankrupt, bon vivant who becomes involved because he has had to take a job at the estate as a footman. This is a pleasing tangle of theft and romance and stock manipulation. See if you can solve what Agatha Christie could not.

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rabbitprincess
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A serviceable Golden Age mystery. It rattled along nicely and I was entertained. A good library borrow.

BiblioLitten I enjoyed it too. 2mo
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BiblioLitten
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I‘m willing the snow to melt while I enjoy this classic murder mystery. Yet another cozy Saturday with tea, and a blanket. Where art thou, Spring? 🌿❄️

#currentlyreading #covercrush #classics

merelybookish Oh goodness! I was feeling sorry about the sad state of spring here...but most of our snow is gone. Hope it all melts soon! 5mo
BiblioLitten @merelybookish This happened last night after most of the snow had melted away. 😅 False spring it is! 🤷🏻‍♀️ 5mo
merelybookish Yes. I know we aren't out of th woods yet either. Maybe by May? (It's my first Cdn winter in while. And it's been an adjustment.) 5mo
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BiblioLitten @merelybookish April end definitely. Last year we had one odd snow day in May but after that we enjoyed glorious long sunny days 😊 5mo
batsy I hope the snow melts soon! I enjoyed this book 😊 5mo
Cathythoughts Great picture 💫 5mo
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Jess_Read_This
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Totally influenced by @LeahBergen with this recent purchase. Which maybe that should be Litsy hashtag? 😉The mention that this one stumped Agatha Christie completely piqued my interest. I‘m so glad you shared this one, Leah. I‘m really looking forward to reading it.

LeahBergen 😆😆 Here‘s hoping we both enjoy it! 7mo
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Tamra
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This was a fun satisfying romp of a mystery! Quick listen.

Jess_Read_This Good to know it‘s a pick! I just ordered a copy today. ☺️ 7mo
Tamra @Jess_Read_This I hope you like it! 7mo
LeahBergen I just received this for Christmas. 😊 7mo
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Cathythoughts I just stacked this one yesterday 👍 7mo
Tamra @LeahBergen it was probably your post that inspired me to search for it on Libby! 😆👌🏾 7mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts I hope you have fun with it too. It makes for a nice diversion. 7mo
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LeahBergen
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In which I show off a few of the books I received for Christmas: Part Two.

A republished country house mystery from 1927, famous for having stumped Agatha Christie.

RaeLovesToRead Looks great! Intriguing cover! 8mo
batsy I enjoyed this! Hope you do, too 🙂 8mo
Suet624 Ooohhhh, great cover. 7mo
LeahBergen @RaeLovesToRead @Suet624 It sells it, doesn‘t it? 😊 7mo
LeahBergen @batsy Yes, I remember your review was favourable! 👏🏻 7mo
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batsy
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This Golden Age mystery was originally serialised in the papers; a mystery so baffling that even Agatha Christie couldn't solve it. Well, neither could I 😂 This was a jolly good lark—witty dialogue, hijinks, winter in a country house with a bunch of characters thrown together, an amateur sleuth, an intimidating lady of the house, séances gone wrong, hidden passageways, romance, & even shenanigans in the world of finance. Fluffy but satisfying.

batsy Read this for #cloakanddaggerchristmas for the Agatha Raisin prompt (mystery with an amateur sleuth), though it could just as well fulfill the Hercule Poirot prompt (Golden Age or a mystery set between 1920 & 1945) for anyone still looking for recommendations 🙂 8mo
Cathythoughts Great review ❤️ sounds really good & I love the cover 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome review 📚🙌🏻 8mo
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batsy @Cathythoughts @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you 💕 It's a fun read 🙂 8mo
TrishB Always room for more reviews with shenanigans 😁 8mo
batsy @TrishB 😆 8mo
Tamra Fun! 8mo
erzascarletbookgasm Sounds like the kind of book I need now. Stacking of course! 8mo
batsy @Tamra Yes! 8mo
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Yes I think you'll like this one, J! 8mo
LeahBergen I need it! 😆 8mo
quietjenn Sounds great! You‘re terrible for my tbr list! 😉 8mo
batsy @LeahBergen I think you do! 😁 8mo
batsy @quietjenn I aim to serve 😂 8mo
mklong Ooh this one sounds great!! 8mo
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