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Trent's Last Case

Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875-1956)

1. 00 - Prologue
2. 01 - Chapter 1 - Knocking the Town Endways
3. 02 - Chapter 2 - Breakfast
4. 03 - Chapter 3 - Handcuffs in the Air
5. 04 - Chapter 4 - Poking About
6. 05 - Chapter 5 - Mr. Bunner on the Case
7. 06 - Chapter 6 - The Lady in Black
8. 07 - Chapter 7 - The Inquest
9. 08 - Chapter 8 - A Hot Scent
10. 09 - Chapter 9 - The Wife of Dives
11. 10 - Chapter 10 - Hitherto Unpublished
12. 11 - Chapter 11 - Evil Days
13. 12 - Chapter 12 - Eruption
14. 13 - Chapter 13 - Writing a Letter
15. 14 - Chapter 14 Part 1 - Double Cunning
16. 15 - Chapter 14 Part 2 - Double Cunning
17. 16 - Chapter 15 - The Last Straw

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Summary

This is one of a series of EC Bentley novels featuring the highly erudite artist qua reporter / detective, Philip Trent.In it, Trent is sent to a charming English seaside village to cover the murder of Sigsbee Manderson for a large London newspaper. The victim is an unpopular and extremely powerful financial tycoon, who is murdered virtually within sight of his own house, at a time when it seems impossible that anyone there – to say nothing of all of its more than half dozen inhabitants – could have failed to see or hear the crime being committed.As Trent pokes around, attention is focused on Manderson’s extremely troubled marriage, not least because Trent himself falls in love with Margaret Manderson, the widow of the murdered man. At the same time, Trent himself considers her to be at least complicit in the crime for much of the novel. The plot cannot be described further without spoiling the punch-line, as it were. Indeed, to the really clever detective fiction-lover, this is already almost saying too much.Trent’s Last Case was on the “ten best” list of Rex Stout, author of the famous Nero Wolfe mysteries. Like Stout, Bentley has a fondness for complex plot twists of the “boxes within boxes” variety.(Introduction by Kirsten Wever)

Reviews

Diane

- Trents last case

Well read, enjoyable story with a twist!!

Bernie

- Trents Last Case

A very good story with unsuspected twists, the reader is clear and consistent as a robot reading the story would be.

Cerise

- Great story

A great mystery with a lot of twists. Great characters.