The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy
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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…
What The Critics Said
Barely a word is wasted...and the whole story is carried off with a witty charm. It is a worthy modern complement (and perhaps compliment) to the great detective stories of the golden age...If you liked Agatha Christie and Ngaio Marsh, you'll love James Anderson. As I did, and I look forward to the Affairs of both the Mutilated Mink and the Thirty-Nine Cufflinks.
‘The classic British mystery lives and flourishes. Delightful’
New York Times
‘Had Dame Agatha not been sitting so securely in her chair I would have hazarded a guess that
James Anderson…might be on his way to usurp her position in the hearts and minds of the
Manchester Evening News
‘A triumph of ingenuity. Excellent escapism’
‘A fiendishly, perhaps bordering on ludicrously, plotted tale of murder, theft and false identity, and solved by the appropriately eccentric Inspector Wilkins. Good Fun!’
Historical Novels Review
‘This is egg-cellent…A spiffing whodunit…his Affair series reeks of the real thing. If you half-close your eyes you can almost smell Poirot or Miss Marple shuffling through the pages’
‘Bursting with the staples of classic crime’
‘The first in this sparkling new 1930s mystery series…James Anderson offers a delightfully entertaining new take on the society whodunit’
Good Book Guide
Ms. C. N. Sweeney –
‘I bought this book on the spur of the moment I liked the art deco ish cover. And to my utmost delight loved the story and bought the two subsequent novels ( the affair of the mutilated mink and the affair the 39 cufflinks) I love it its ironic and tongue in cheek and yet such a well thought out and well plotted mystery. James Anderson died not so long ago and though I’m relatively new to his work I can tell we have lost a great writer. The burford mysteries are perfection and it truly upset me to learn there are only three. If like myself you have been drawn into the world of the old fashioned murder mystery ( and I am a well read murder thriller fan and only 24) you will love Deanna Raybourne, gilbert adair, carolla dunn and edward marston. and if you are umming and ahhing over this dont – you will love it.’
‘A well-written and light-hearted mystery which will appeal to all true lovers of classic detective fiction – excellent holiday reading.’
It’s like Agatha never died! I love James Anderson’s work.