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From the Publisher"Poisoned Pen Press of Scottsdale, Arizona, is another small press that is providing quality mysteries overlooked or ignored by the major houses. Yet, James Anderson's "The Affair of the 39 Cuff Links" (Poisoned Pen Press, 320 pages, $24.95) is a vastly different kind of book from anything Akashic Press is doing. It's a shamelessly affectionate send-up of those classic house-party mysteries of the 1930s which at the same time manages to pay homage to the Golden Age of detective fiction." -The Denver Post
It's a real joy to pick up a book like this in an age where clueless reviewers unwittingly demean the mystery field by proclaiming that such and such author has managed to "transcend the genre" (whatever that means) by exposing the darker side of the human condition. That's great, if you can pull it off, and we're all for it, in limited amounts, but sometimes we yearn for the days when murder mysteries were just plain fun to read.
Anderson understands that need better than any other modern mystery writer. Twenty-odd years ago, he almost single-handedly rekindled an interest in the classic detective story when Avon published his first two Golden Age send-ups as paperback originals. When Poisoned Pen Press reissued those two wonderful titles, The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy ($11.95) and The Affair of the Mutilated Mink ($14.95), a whole new generation of readers fell in love with the English house-party mystery, prompting Anderson to reprise his short-lived series.
And what a delight it is. Given the disastrous events that took place at two earlier parties, you would think that the Earl of Burford would know better than to invite the nine people who are namedin the will of the late Honourable Mrs. Florence Saunders to spend the night. One of the guests promptly announces that she knows something that another of the other guests would like kept secret and before you can say Agatha Christie, she's dead and the services of Chief Inspector Wilkins are once again needed. Oh joy, oh what lovely, lovely fun.
"Anderson has created the perfect group for a delightful romp. And romp they do through a lighthearted tale of family feuds, practical jokes, lies and a myriad of tantalizing clues sure to entertain anyone who enjoys traditional puzzlers." - Publishers Weekly