Suddenly at His Residence

Suddenly at His Residence In the height of an English summer Grandfather is found dead in the little Grecian lodge among the rose gardens of his estate Inspector Cockrill has reason to believe that Sir Richard met with an unt

  • Title: Suddenly at His Residence
  • Author: Christianna Brand
  • ISBN: 9780553254655
  • Page: 117
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • In the height of an English summer, Grandfather is found dead in the little Grecian lodge among the rose gardens of his estate Inspector Cockrill has reason to believe that Sir Richard met with an untimely death, and that the evildoer is among the genteel family gathered at the rural manor But why on earth would one of the loving brood do such a dreadful thing Simple tIn the height of an English summer, Grandfather is found dead in the little Grecian lodge among the rose gardens of his estate Inspector Cockrill has reason to believe that Sir Richard met with an untimely death, and that the evildoer is among the genteel family gathered at the rural manor But why on earth would one of the loving brood do such a dreadful thing Simple the night he died, cantankerous Sir Richard was arranging to disinherit his offspring for the umpteenth time Someone took murderous steps to protect their own interests But the murderer left no scuff in the carefully raked sand paths, no trace on the manicured lawns of Swanswater

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    1. Published in 1946 and set at the end of WWII, this is the third Inspector Cockrill mystery and has also been published under the title, "Suddenly at his residence." Sir Richard March has kept his house a shrine to his first wife, the beautiful ballerina Serafita, despite marrying his mistress Bella after his wife's death. On the anniversary of Serafita's death, he expects his remaining relatives to gather for a ceremony and he then spends the night alone in the small lodge where she died. In the [...]

    2. Whoever could have killed Grandfather March, who in a fit of temper threatens to disinherit the March grandchildren? Is it the cool, lovely Peta? Or Claire, who just wants her dear Philip? Or Philip himself, torn between his mistress Claire and wife Ellen? Or could it be Ellen, the outsider? The new will favors Bella, the former mistress and present wife of Grandfather March and Edward, the illegitimate grandson, but both are included in the list of suspects, Bella hating to live in Serafita's s [...]

    3. 3.5* Not bad but nowhere nearly as good as Green for Danger. Cockrill doesn't seem to do much detecting; the book focuses on the family and their reactions to events. David Thorn did a good narration in this audiobook edition.

    4. First of all, to read this book, i spent a great deal of struggle through the dramatic character's conversation. I don't know, i like conversations, but i find it boring in this book. Not always (especially when they discuss the solution of the impossible situation of the crime), but mostly i find it boring (when they nag at each other). I also hate the way "cockie" (the detective) investigate the crime. For most part he was just a shadow in the background, listening to the suspects bickering ab [...]

    5. This book didn't impress me much. Partly because, I have read much better mysteries before and also, there was lot of bickering among the characters. This is my first Cockrill mystery and he just appears now and then. There is no interrogation of characters but just sitting back and observing the talk going on. The whodunnit took me by a surprise but I guessed it too, why funnier was as clear as water from early on, howdunnit was guessable too ( provided, you observe the little cues when the cha [...]

    6. Spent a few years looking for this book as it was on a top ten list of the best locked room mysteries on the internet. Struggled though awful, dull prose and thought, well at least there'll be a clever solution. The solution was ridiculous. no wonder it was so hard to find!

    7. Sharp writing, fabulous plot, delicious characters, thrilling suspense, and action to the very last page! Love it!

    8. 3.5 Stars. Brand seems to like doing this thing where you don't understand everything until the very last line. I thought it was a bit cheesy in another of her works. It's not quite as bad here, but it makes for the same structural problems. Because Brand wants to quickly hit readers with the solution in a single line, many other things must be explained and mapped out well in advance. In particular, all of the possible motives are given time to shine in regular conversation, with nothing at all [...]

    9. I listened to this on audio. I had not heard of the author before, but I really enjoyed this. A classic Golden Age mystery. I'm definitely reading more of the author's work.

    10. Sir Richard and his second wife, Bella, live in a large country manor at the start of WWII. All the family comes down for the annual memorial to Sir Richard's first, much beloved wife Seraphita. Grandson Phillip is a doctor, married to Ellen and with one child, but Phillip is having an affair with his cousin--and another grandchild of Sir Richard's--Claire. Peta, the favorite, is in love with family lawyer Stephen. Edmund, grandson through Bella rather than Seraphita, is quite possibly insane an [...]

    11. Un finale strepitoso.Una lettura che mi ha sorpreso molto piacevolmente, man mano che andavo avanti.Si inizia quasi in sordina, con la classica descrizione della classica famiglia nobile inglese nella classica villa di campagna. Sembra tutto molto 'british': ognuno ha piccoli e grandi segreti da nascondere. E, come nel più classico dei gialli, viene ucciso proprio il vecchio patriarca, con tanto di testamento cambiato all'ultimo momento. L'ovvia domanda è chi poteva beneficiare da questa morte [...]

    12. The March cousins are all good-looking and clever, including their half cousin Edward Treviss. They're glad to spend the weekend at Swanswater, their grandfather's estate, since World War II is overworking and worrying them all. Poor grandfather--he does tend to fuss and change his will. It's a shame his heart is so badBut when Claire finds him dead, the family lawyer insists that they must call the police. In north Devon, that means Inspector Cockrill, who knows the whole family well, and who p [...]

    13. When I started reading this book, I found it wasn't the kind of thing I normally read. I love golden age mysteries, and in particular locked rooms, but Brand writes more expressively (for lack of a better term) than I really like. She gives us the thoughts of many of the main characters, sometimes in the same scene. Instead of character being revealed through action and dialog it's just there on the page.Still, this is a good book, and Inspector Cockrill is a very good character. I will probably [...]

    14. The perfect classic English country mystery! The cast of characters are brought splendidly to life by Ms. Brand which is very impressive considering the brevity of the book. She has a way of conveying so much with a simple descriptive phrase. Excellent.

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