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Publisher's Summary

Mrs. Bentley has been arrested for murder. The evidence is overwhelming: arsenic she extracted from fly papers was in her husband's medicine, his food and his lemonade, and her crimes are being plastered across the newspapers. Even her lawyers believe she is guilty. But Roger Sheringham, the brilliant but outspoken young novelist, is convinced that there is too much evidence against Mrs. Bentley and sets out to prove her innocence.

Written by Anthony Berkeley, a founder of the celebrated Detection Club who also found fame under the pen name Francis Iles, the story saw the return of Roger Sheringham, the Golden Age's breeziest - and booziest - detective.

©1926 Anthony Berkeley (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

''Anthony Berkeley is the supreme master not of the 'twist' but of the 'double-twist'.'' (Milward Kennedy in the Sunday Times)

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  • Cynthia
  • 19-09-2017

Character Heavy

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not really. It was not bad, but had so many characters that it was a difficult book to listen to as opposed to reading. When one reads a book one can flip back to refresh the memory as to whom the character is.

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  • Janey May
  • 12-10-2019

Twists and Turns Aplenty

Very good voice characterisations and an enjoyable story. Old fashioned views so not one for the Snowflake Generation.

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  • jj
  • 02-08-2022

Pretty awful

I’ve read quite lot of this early detective fiction so its awfulness really can’t be excused on those grounds. Admittedly the social mores expressed were of their time and, though abhorrent to my modern thinking, they shouldn’t be held up for criticism but the writing was clunky and wooden and the ‘humour’ pretty puerile. Further a more detestable central character than the smug, self-satisfied Roger would be hard to conceive. Good for going to sleep to.

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  • LH, England
  • 12-08-2017

Appalling. Dreadful plot & unlikeable characters.

What would have made The Wychford Poisoning Case: A Detective Story Club Classic Crime Novel (The Detective Club) better?

If it had been a different book!

Would you ever listen to anything by Anthony Berkeley and Tony Medawar - introduction again?

Never.

Would you be willing to try another one of Mike Grady’s performances?

Yes

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Wychford Poisoning Case: A Detective Story Club Classic Crime Novel (The Detective Club)?

Both of the main male characters and the fact that the plot is not only pointless but immensely dull.

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Aside from the fact the plot has no meaning, the author - and by default his male characters - make James Bond look like a feminist icon. I've never listened to an audible book before that both bored and offended me. The only good thing about this book was that it lulled me to sleep on a long flight.

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  • Mrs. J. E. Hingley
  • 31-03-2019

Wow

If I say that s story is sexist, it is an understatement. Very insulting to women plus what. Big headed male chauvinist is the hero roger. But it cleverly written I cannot deny.

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