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The Luck of the Vails (1901)

by E. F. Benson

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Slow to get going and not much of a mystery either but Benson's touch is light and his prose charming. Well worth a read if you like slower pacing and gentle plotting. ( )
  simon_carr | Apr 3, 2014 |
A run of the mill mystery novel ( )
  Georges_T._Dodds | Mar 30, 2013 |
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The short winter's day was drawing to its close, and twilight, the steel and silver twilight of a windless frost, was falling in throbs of gathered dusk over an ice-bound land.
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Unaware of the family curse attached to it, Harry, the twelfth baronet of Vail, finds the Luck of the Vails, a golden cup, hidden in the attic.
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CRIME & MYSTERY. This is a vintage murder mystery. WH Auden, Nancy Mitford and Noel Coward were among his fans...But have you discovered E. F. Benson yet? In a Holbein portrait above the grand old fireplace, Francis Vail, second baronet, brandishes a beautiful golden goblet, encrusted with pearls, rubies and emeralds. But this treasure, the Luck of the Vails, has since brought the family nothing but ruin and death. On the eve of his twenty-first birthday, Harry Vail discovers the Luck hidden in the attic of his ancestral home, the family curse is reawoken, and a tale of madness, avarice and murder unfolds. Murder mystery...Ghost story...Whodunnit. This is a classic detective story from the author of Mapp and Lucia. Crime fiction at its best.… (more)

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