Weekend at Thrackley

Weekend at Thrackley

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Jim Henderson is one of six guests summoned by the mysterious Edwin Carson, a collector of precious stones, to a weekend party at his country house, Thrackley. The house is gloomy and forbidding but the party is warm and hospitable except for the presence of Jacobson, the sinister butler. The other guests are wealthy people draped in jewels; Jim cannot imagine why he belongs in such company. After a weekend of adventure, with attempted robbery and a vanishing guest, secrets come to light and Jim unravels a mystery from his past.
Publisher: Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781464209710
Characteristics: 235 pages ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Edwards, Martin 1955-


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Nov 18, 2018

Martin Edwards (a critic and author I respect) writes in his introduction that it is a "country house mystery in the classic tradition." But I thought this was a complete waste of time and my impression of the people at British Library Crime Classes has taken a hit. Flippantly written (in a nice manner, at least), the plot is preposterous and so much extraneous dialogue and events unfold that I skimmed a lot, especially the final 150 pages. The two heroes are likeable and act in a reasonable way, though. It's not a mystery at all, just a tiresome tale of a weekend at a country home owned by a jewel collector who isn't above stealing the jewels he collects.


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