Blotto, Twinks and the Dead Dowager Duchess by Simon Brett

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Anyone who delights in seeing Edwardian period charm mercilessly deconstructed and ravaged by a senior pro with an eye for absurdity, will enjoy this. Simon Brett is wonderfully laid back and a consummate professional when it comes to stringing words together. Once in a blue moon, this book lifts your spirits — assuming you enjoy English humour.
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The extremely aristocratic but extremely thick Blotto and his extremely brainy sister Twinks are attending a weekend house party when the inevitable happens. Their hostess, the Dowager Duchess of Melmont, is murdered. An amateur detective, conveniently staying for the weekend, deduces that the Lyminster family chauffeur Corky Froggett must have done it. For Blotto and Twinks, the only way to prove Corky's innocence is by finding the real perpetrator.

So begins the second investigation for the daring duo... one which takes them via an opium den in Limehouse, a Scottish castle and a disused Cornish tin mine, to a thrilling final confrontation at the nerve-centre of the evil League of the Crimson Hand. Yes, Blotto and Twinks are back!

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'A new Simon Brett is an event for mystery fans' P D James

'Murder most enjoyable' Colin Dexter

'Simon Brett writes stunning detective stories. I would recommend them to anyone.' Jilly Cooper

'Few crime writers are so enchantingly gifted' Sunday Times

'One of British crime's most assured craftsmen... Crime writing just like in the good old days, and perfect entertainment.' Guardian

 

About Simon Brett

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Born in 1945, Simon Brett was educated at Dulwich College and Wadham College, Oxford, where he gained a First Class Honours degree in English. A great many of his published works are crime novels, including the Charles Paris, Mrs Pargeter and Feathering series. Simon was chairman of the Crime Writers Association from 1986-7 and of the Society of Authors from 1995-7. He lives near Arundel in West Sussex and is married with three grownup children, one grandson, one granddaughter, and four cats.
 
Published January 1, 2009 by Constable. 192 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, History, Crime. Fiction
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Reviewed by David Marshall on Mar 01 2013

Anyone who delights in seeing Edwardian period charm mercilessly deconstructed and ravaged by a senior pro with an eye for absurdity, will enjoy this. Simon Brett is wonderfully laid back and a consummate professional when it comes to stringing words together. Once in a blue moon, this book lifts your spirits — assuming you enjoy English humour.

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