The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy

The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy

by James Anderson

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780749008963
Publisher: Allison & Busby, Limited
Publication date: 12/07/2009
Series: Affair of... Mysteries , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 616,482
File size: 479 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

James Anderson was born in Swindon but lived in or near to Cardiff most of his life. He took a degree in History at the University of Reading and worked as a salesman, copywriter and freelance journalist before writing his first novel. He went on to have fourteen novels and one play published before his death in 2007.

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The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Stacey42 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Amusing 1930¿s country house murder a la Agatha Christie. Complete with poor friends, visiting Americans, the Lord of the Manor, spies, diplomats, lots of chasing people around in the night and a mysterious foreign countess. I didn¿t figure out whodunnit & that is rare. It was good, had the right feel, but the layers of plot seemed a bit much for what reads as a lighthearted & cozy mysery
cmbohn on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were a lot of fun and the mystery kept me guessing. Like the others in this series, just when you think you've figured one thing out, several new twists occur.I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the others. It didn't seem quite as funny. But I love Inspector Wilkins and everyone else.
austcrimefiction on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Yes, yes, I know. What am I doing reading a book like THE AFFAIR OF THE BLOODSTAINED EGG COSY. In my defence I used to be quite a SPLASHER (4MA speak for somebody who reads a wide range of crime book "styles") although in recent years I will admit I've moved more and more to the dark side. But every now and then I like a bit of a splash around in the lighter side of the genre, and I do rather like the eccentric side of the classic English country house sub-genre. Chuck in a slightly batty Lord; an unflappable Lady; a house with secret passages; a poor cousin / secretary / jolly young thing girl; a bit of spying and/or intrigue; an imperious butler; an exotic unknown female and some dashing around in the dark, and well I can be quite happy. Provided it's all done rather well, and doesn't veer too much into cartoon territory. Which THE AFFAIR OF THE BLOODSTAINED EGG COSY (henceforth to be known as THE AFFAIR ETC) avoids nicely.Originally written in 1975, THE AFFAIR ETC has a very authentic 1930's feeling to it. And just the slightest dash of lunacy about it. The biggest part of the action takes place on one night, when there's a woman screaming; somebody gets locked in a linen closest; one man goes missing (his dead body shows up the next morning in the lake outside the house); one valuable necklace is stolen; the exotic female goes missing; alarms go off; people rush around; and a lot of stuff goes bump in the night whilst nobody thinks to turn on the lights. All of which culminates in the arrival of a very self-effacing detective, who seems to think he's been promoted above his abilities, and mostly seems to do his detecting by standing around and waiting for others to stick their feet in it... so to speak.There's also a bit of business to do with a famous pair of guns; a famous gun collection; and a dirty, bloodstained egg cosy in the lavender bushes. Now it goes without saying that we're talking a very busy plot here, delivered with just a hint of really good farce. This is the second book from the Burford Family mysteries (actually the first in the series I believe) that I've read and I've got to say I really like these books. Light-hearted, enormously batty, good humoured and very entertaining, THE AFFAIR ETC is incredibly complicated. You'll be doing better than me if you can work out what's going on for most of the time, but I hope, like me, you really not going to care and just enjoy being very entertained.
riverwillow on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Very much in the style of Agatha Christie and other country house murder mysteries and a wonderful addition. Inspector Wilkins is a great addition to the pantheon of literary detectives and I look forward to reading more of the Burford mysteries.
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