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I was amazed at how well PJ Fitszimmons managed to replicate the language and humour of Wodehouse. This book had me chuckling and enchanted. Of course, the hero is a little too clever to be a true Wooster archetype, as he manages to solve a baffling murder mystery, but it was nice to have intrigue and twists woven into the comedy. Highly recommended and hugely enjoyable.
Funny and bright cosy mystery set in 1920’s. The protagonist is an amateur brainy detective with good humour and tricks. A pleasant and relaxed character. It reminded me of Lord Peter Wimsey series. I found a bit too much of figurative and metaphorical expressions, but overall it was funny, and the story and tricks as well as the deduction were quite good.
I've read two new clever and amusing books this week, which is pretty much a record as the vast majority of writers prefer to show their cleverness with moody, depressing, something-nasty-in-the-woodshed sorts of books. So thank you very much, P J Fitzsimmons. Yes, there are ripples of Wodehouse, but Anty Boisjoly is a completely new denizen of that world and quite wonderful. (It would be impolite, and scientifically impossible, to suggest that Wooster and Jeeves got together behind the Eton bikesheds to produce Anty.) I loved Anty and the other characters, I relished the language, the plot is hilarious, and as soon as I had finished it I rushed to find the next in the series. Dear me - come along, Fitzsimmons, stop wasting time and get another book out instanter!
Loved this book! A complicated, meticulously well-crafted murder mystery. It’s full of superb characters, vivid scenes and settings, snappy dialogue, and witty humour. A page-turner up to the very end. Enjoy!
Really good locked room mystery reminiscent of an Agatha Christie mystery and Clue. With the calm of Poirot and deduction skills of Sherlock Holmes, Anty Boisjoly helps his school mate, Fiddles, try to find out how his Uncle Sebastian came to be thrown/or fell out of an upstairs window from a room that was locked. Colorful characters, a wealthy aristocratic family in England, Earls, seats in Parliment...who stands to gain from Sebastian's death. Anty is good at letting the local police and investigators work on the case but all the while is figuring it out himself as the locals try to solve it all up in a day and lock up the first person they can think of. Just when things appear to be wrapping up, Sebastian's father is found dead by apparent suicide, again in a locked room. Anty is pretty sure these deaths are related to the Canterfell Odicil written 30 years ago. Very good, methodical unraveling of who dunnit peppered with hilarious quips. I look forward to book two.