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There's Trouble Brewing (original 1937; edition 2012)

by Nicholas Blake

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Title:There's Trouble Brewing
Authors:Nicholas Blake
Info:Vintage (2012), Paperback, 298 Pages
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Rating:****
Tags:Crime & Mystery Fiction, British Crime Fiction, Review

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There's Trouble Brewing by Nicholas Blake (1937)

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As you will deduce from the title,the scene of crime is a brewery. A body,or rather the bones and false teeth,which are all that remains of a body,are found boiled in a vat.
Private detective,Nigel Strangeways is on hand to assist to official police,and is soon on the somewhat complicated case.
As with all of the books in this most enjoyable series,this is no straightforward job of detection and there are red-herrings aplenty. ( )
  devenish | Jan 20, 2013 |
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Every dog, they say, has its day. Whether Truffles would have assented to this proposition during its lifetime is highly doubtful. Not for him the elusive rabbit, the ineffable dung-heap, the hob-nobbing with loose companions at street corners that for upper-class dogs represent the illicit high-spots of cloistered lives.
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Yet Truffles, too, had his day. Whether it was adequate compensation for a lifetime of alternate whipping and pampering, I cannot pretend to decide. At least it ended in posthumous fame; and posthumous fame is no doubt the next best thing to a happy life. Truffles achieved the ambition of all downtrodden creatures. His pusillanimous and shifty-looking terrier face appeared in every illustrated newspaper in the United Kingdom, ousting from the front page the not altogether dissimilar features of Hitler, the neurotic-bulldog expression of Mussolini, the sealed lips of Mr. Baldwin, and the unconcealed charms of bathing beauties.
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Nigel Strangeways reluctantly accepts a request to discuss his recent book on Caroline poets at a meeting of the Maiden Astbury Literary Society in Dorset. Even more reluctantly he agrees to investigate the death of Mr. Bunnett's fox terrier, Truffles. Mr. Eustace Bunnett was not well liked, but as the owner of Bunnett's Brewery he was among the wealthiest and most influential inhabitants of Maiden Astbury. Within twenty-four hours, Mr. Bunnett himself was found dead inside a sealed pressure copper in his brewery.
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