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The Poisoned Chocolates Case (British Library Crime Classics) by [Berkeley, Anthony]
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Graham and Joan Bendix have apparently succeeded in making that eighth wonder of the modern world, a happy marriage. And into the middle of it there drops, like a clap of thunder, a box of chocolates.Joan Bendix is killed by a poisoned box of liqueur chocolates that cannot have been intended for her to eat. The police investigation rapidly reaches a dead end. Chief Inspector Moresby calls on Roger Sheringham and his Crimes Circle - six amateur but intrepid detectives - to consider the case. The evidence is laid before the Circle and the members take it in turn to offer a solution. Each is more convincing than the last, slowly filling in the pieces of the puzzle, until the dazzling conclusion. This new edition includes an alternative ending by the Golden Age writer Christianna Brand, as well as a brand new solution devised specially for the British Library by the crime novelist and Golden Age expert Martin Edwards.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2627 KB
  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Publisher: British Library Publishing (10 October 2016)
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  • Language: English
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By jean on 17 November 2016
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A good interesting read. No violence. A bit long winded but okay.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Classic Mystery and Lampoon 3 March 2015
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Anthony Berkeley’s The Poisoned Chocolates Case is something of classic. I saw it referred to in one my new mysteries and I was intrigued. The mention in the new mystery said it was a mystery with six different resolutions. I was intrigued.

The book was written in the 1920’s and takes place a few years after WWI. A club has been formed of amateur sleuths that include a mystery writer, romance novelist, an academic, a trial lawyer and a few more to make six. It is an exclusive club that one has to apply to to join. Their mission is to take a case the police has not solved and solve it. On six consecutive nights, the sleuths reveal their solutions and each one is different.

Besides the mystery and humor, the book is a study in methods used by mystery writers including deduction, sitting back and contemplating from afar and doing additional legwork. Each uses a slightly different method and some develop more information. Mr. Berkeley writes a good deal of it tongue in cheek, subtly lampooning the British parlor mystery.

The results are intriguing and the process very interesting and amusing. The writing is very British early 20th century and times does not flow for the modern reader, but this is definitely worth a few hours of good mystery solving – with the proviso that there is only one right solution, despite six answers.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Great Golden Age Mysteries 10 March 2017
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As another reviewer says, The Poisoned Chocolates Case is a delightful intellectual exercise, but that's not all it is. The characterizations are unusually rich for this sort of tale, and the writing itself is crisp, imaginative, and witty. Anthony Berkeley (one of the pen names of Anthony Berkeley Cox) was a founder of the Detection Club in London, and this book well deserves the label of "classic."
5.0 out of 5 stars Deadly Candy 8 June 2017
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Was the wrong person murdered by chocolates? Or was the deadly candy supposed to go to someone else? Very engaging mystery.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great English! 21 April 2017
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A classic detective story. Great English!
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4.0 out of 5 stars One murder, seven solutions 17 August 2015
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Roger Sheringham, president of a Crime Circle, challenges the members to solve a case that baffles the police. A young married woman has been poisoned by a box of chocolate that was meant for someone else. Or was it?

The seven members each come up with a different motive, different proofs, and a different murderer. Their contrasting theories and supporting proofs are ingenious and utterly convincing. It's amusing to follow the workings of their devious minds -- and their often outraged reactions to each other's conclusions.

As a spoof of the arbitrary detection methods by mystery writers, this book is deliciously successful. As a literary tour de force it's impressive. I still prefer a good whodunit with one solution. But this book was fun, and undeniably clever.

First published in 1929, The Poisoned Chocolates Case deserves its status as a Golden Age classic.

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