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The Scandal at 23 Mount Street

by Clara Benson

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Ah hah! I knew that at some point in this series, we'd have to find out some of amateur detective Angela Marchmont's secrets: namely, what happened to *Mister* Marchmont? What did Angela do in the United States that made her so wealthy? Whatever happened to her sometime-love interest, jewel thief Edgar Valencourt? Well, this ninth book in the recently discovered Golden Age series pretty much clears up all of the mysteries about Angela herself.

As an actual mystery novel, though, it's not really that clever; when we finally learn "whodunnit," the explanation is not only kind of anticlimactic, it seems like something the police should have spotted right away. But then if they had, none of Angela's secrets would have been revealed, so--the plot, as a giant plot device, works just fine.

The backstory about this series, for those who don't know about it: Benson wrote the books as a kind of hobby in the 1920s and 30s, but never published them; her descendants are just now having them published. And apparently the next book (number 10) will be the last one. I'm very sorry to hear that, since I've loved reading these books. But on the other hand, with everything that happens in this one, the penultimate book, it does sort of seem like the character and her adventures have run their course. Sigh. Let's hope someone else discovers their great-grandmother's well-written, funny detective novels in the attic soon. ( )
  rvhatha | Sep 2, 2015 |
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