The Poisoned Chocolates Case

The Poisoned Chocolates Case

by Anthony Berkeley


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ISBN-13: 9781934609446
Publisher: Felony & Mayhem, LLC
Publication date: 02/16/2010
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 258,357
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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The Poisoned Chocolates Case 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
MariaAlhambra on LibraryThing 10 months ago
A light-hearted detective metafiction, it follows the attempt of six armchair detectives to solve a particularly puzzling murder involving the poisoned chocolate liqueurs of the title. It is not so much a parody of the genre as an analysis of how deductive methods and psychology are plied and manipulated by crime novelists to produce certain narrative solutions. One particularly wonders as to the model of Alicia, the 'psychological novelist', a dig perhaps at certain fashionable Freud-influenced writers (Rebecca West? May Sinclair?). Quite fun.
mstrust on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Members of an exclusive club, The Crimes Circle, meet to discuss famous murders each week. But when a recent murder remains unsolved the circle makes it their goal to uncover the murderer and the motive. Each member has a night to speak and prove their theory. Of course, each theory points to a different criminal and vastly different motives.This book is from the 20's, British and lots of fun. Berkeley also wrote Malice Aforethought, another murder novel that has that dry British humor throughout. The characters here are arrogant, snide, overly eager or just rude, such as the girl at the perfume company who keeps slamming her window to get rid of potential customers. This is a good one.
smik on LibraryThing 10 months ago
THE POISONED CHOCOLATES CASE allows six detectives to take a case of death by poisoning and to place their own interpretation on the facts. As each presents his or her interpretation so the others, all except one, agree that this is the best interpretation and that the murderer has been uncovered. They use of a variety of methods, both deductive and inductive, placing new interpretations on existing evidence, and conducting active investigation that brings new evidence to light. The agreement is that they will eventually present the correct answer to Scotland Yard, and indeed the answer they will present to Chief Inspector Moresby will differ from what he thinks has happened.The novel floats the idea of a "detection club" similar to the one which Berkeley in fact brought into being the year after THE POISONED CHOCOLATES CASE was published. ROGER SHERINGHAM took a sip of the old brandy in front of him and leaned back in his chair at the head of the table. Through the haze of cigarette-smoke eager voices reached his ears from all directions, prattling joyfully upon this and that connected with murder, poisons and sudden death. For this was his own, his very own Crimes Circle, founded, organised, collected, and now run by himself alone; and when at the first meeting five months ago he had been unanimously elected its president, he had been as full of proud delight as on that never-to-be-forgotten day in the dim past when a cherub disguised as a publisher had accepted his first novel. It was the intention of the club to acquire eventually thirteen members, but so far only six had succeeded in passing their tests, and these were all present on the evening when this chronicle opens. There was a famous lawyer, a scarcely less famous woman dramatist, a brilliant novelist who ought to have been more famous than she was, the most intelligent (if not the most amiable) of living detective -story writers, Roger Sheringham himself and Mr. Ambrose Chitterwick, who was not famous at all, a mild little man of no particular appearance who had been even more surprised at being admitted to this company of personages than they had been at finding him amongst them. With the exception of Mr.Chitterwick.I found the novel a little dated but nevertheless interesting as the detectives basically used most of the common methods for deciding on who the murderer was. And as each of them did, so I nodded in agreement with each explanation, so persuasive were they. One of the characters remarks on how difficult it is to contradict a thesis when it is presented so persuasively.
mmyoung on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is very much a book of its time, albeit a well-written one. Roger Sheringham and the five other members of his Crimes Circle each attempt to solve a murder which has stumped Scotland Yard. Sheringham had appeared as an amateur detective in previous Berkeley mysteries and the other participants were all suggestive of one or more prominent figures in contemporary English fiction and public life.This reviewer found Berkeley¿s prose style to be enjoyable. Each character had a different ¿voice¿ and each proposed a solution to the murder that was both reasonable and predictable given that person¿s (and the people for whom that person was a stand-in) understandings of the world. Reading each of these proposed solutions and the responses each ¿solution¿ elicited from the group told this reader more about a particular slice of English life and culture than would several volumes of academic exposition. The writers of murder mysteries routinely use short-cuts, exaggerations and stereotypes in order to make the story believable (for fiction is often held to a higher stand of ¿reality¿ than is reality itself) and yet the picture that they draw must adhere either the reality the reader understands or proscribes. Since different authors attracted different audiences the varied realities one comes across in these books gives the present day reader a vivid picture of the actual and mental world of the English reader of popular murder mysteries in the first half of the interwar period. While some of the presumptions and understandings upon which the amateur detectives¿ solutions are based will probably come as no surprise to today¿s reader others seem to be more appropriate to a Monty Python sketch than a book that is not categorized as farce or magical realism. As this reader expected servants and clerks exist only to be questioned and to fulfill their practical functions. For example, at no point in the story did any person suggest that a member of the working or lower middle class might have played an intentional role in the murder. What was surprising was the degree to which the differences in the way in which men who went to one of the public schools and men who were ¿merely¿ well educated were considered as real, tangible evidence of who could and could not have committed the crime given the different solutions proposed. There was also a general agreement not only that men acted (and thought) differently than did women but that methods of murder would differ not only by the gender and education of the murderer but also by the gender of the murdered. Although The Poisoned Chocolates Mystery is not a collection of short stories it can be read in a similar fashion as the the reader (and the members of the Crime Circle) are introduced to the crime and each of the six present, on separate nights, their proposed solution. There are no maps or complicated alibi checklists to reference. In short, a well written and diverting story for the reader who enjoys murder mysteries written in the early period of the ¿Golden Age.¿