Item description for Murder at Madingley Grange (Felony & Mayhem Mysteries) by Caroline Graham...
Simon Hannford is in need of some fast money, and murder seems the obvious solution. Specifically, a 1930s Murder Mystery Weekend, to be held at Madingly Grange, his aunt's superbly hideous gothic mansion. Simon and his sister are meant to be house-sitting, but surely Aunt Maude would not begrudge them the chance to earn a few nearly honest shekels. Ah, the confidence of youth! Simon's grand plans quickly go awry, beginning with the guess - each one dottier than the last - and moving on to the staff, hired on the cheap and with larcenous plans of their own. And when an actual body turns up, deprived of actual life, Simon's charade of detection is suddenly forced to begin in earnest.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 7.5" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Oct 15, 2006
Publisher Felony & Mayhem
ISBN 1933397527 ISBN13 9781933397528
Availability 0 units.
More About Caroline Graham
Graham is a fellow in Foreign Policy Studies and codirector of the Center on Social and Economic Dynamics at the Brookings Institution.
Carol Graham has an academic affiliation as follows - The Brookings Institution; College Park Professor, University of Maryl.
Reviews - What do customers think about Murder at Madingley Grange (Felony & Mayhem Mysteries)?
Clever, fun, imaginative May 4, 2008
This on kept me guessing right up to the amazing ending. Imaginatively written with great characters. Twists and turns that delight and amuse!
The end is great--a real surprise! May 27, 2007
One reviewer noted that he didn't finish the book out of disappointment; this is understandable but was the wrong call. Like so many really well-done mysteries, the true value of this story isn't clear until the hilarious and chilling conclusion that was completely unexpected. Now this is on the very short list of mysteries that I can read again and again with great pleasure each time.
Should have been fun but missed by a mile Apr 7, 2005
I just reread Murder at Maddingly Grange after about ten years. I was as disappointed this time as I was the last. It's got all the earmarks of a Wodehouse frolic crossed with a country house murder, a la, I suppose, Christie, but they just don't deliver. The attempt to emulate Wodehouse's delivery is overdone, and I can't quite figure out what the point is. Without giving away the ending, I can say that nothing is as you expect it to be, but not, unfortunately, in a good way. Pity.
A screwball mystery reenactment -- Aug 26, 2001
Take one well-cared for English Stately Home. Add one nephew, Simon, and one niece, his sister Laurie, who agree to manor-sit while their Aunt, who is the owner, goes off to Bath for an indeterminate stay. Laurie has her petite feet firmly on the ground, literally, as one of her favorite activities is tending to the gardens. She also likes cooking and excels at the gourmet variety. Simon is a dreamer. How can he use this unanticipated opportunity to fatten his somewhat empty coffers? Simple, my dear Watson. Simon conjures up a 'thirties mystery weekend' - Murder at Madingley Grange. Laurie has her doubts, but as Simon has already placed the advert in THE TIMES, she grudgingly goes along with him. Doesn't she always? But, if her erstwhile fiancé should be there to help out some, that would work. Wouldn't it? Blend in the usual assortment of eccentrics: the widowed mother with beautiful daughter hoping to land a country home of her own; the mature married couple and his mother, a gypsy, who might do a bit of 'seeing' if asked nicely. The husband of this pair is a frustrated vaudevillian, specializing in juvenile-type jokes and pranks. Another couple, of which the husband is detective buff, wishful of becoming the next Sherlock Holmes, while his wife may not be everything she seems to be. Two independent young men: one hoping to capture the above-mentioned daughter, and the other a devotee of the thirties, complete to clothing, etc., and mostly unaware of other surroundings. Add two of the most unusual domestic servants you'll ever encounter anywhere, and the scene is set for one long laugh. It's almost a comedy of errors, combined with manners. No violence to speak of either, but much wild and wacky fun.
Mayhem at Maddingly Jul 17, 2001
This is one of the funniest books I've ever read...But if you're expecting Inspector Barnaby, you've another think coming. This is more like a screwball comedy than a murder mystery. If you like Ngaio Marsh or Agatha Christie you will probably enjoy this comedy of murders.