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At a costume party with the dubious theme of 'famous murderers and their victims', the know-it-all amateur criminologist Roger Sheringham is settled in for an evening of beer, small talk and analysing his companions.

One guest in particular has caught his attention for her theatrics, and his theory that she might have several enemies among the partygoers proves true when she is found hanging from the 'decorative' gallows on the roof terrace. Noticing a key detail which could implicate a friend in the crime, Sheringham decides to meddle with the scene and unwittingly casts himself into jeopardy as the uncommonly thorough police investigation circles closer and closer to the truth.

Tightly paced and cleverly defying the conventions of the classic detective story, this 1933 novel remains a milestone of the inverted mystery subgenre.

©1933, 2022 The Estate of Anthony Berkeley Cox, Introduction Martin Edwards (P)2022 Soundings

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Please more Anthony Berkeley books!

The characters were fascinating. The plot twists were completely unexpected. The narrator was excellent and brought the characters to life!

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Suspenseful

Kept me glued to the story and couldn’t stop listening. Don’t want to spoil the ending. A must read/listeni

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superb! and such a surprise ending!

The digs at amateur detectives and detective fiction are so enjoyed! This book written by a true and favorite master of the genre.

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Quite brilliant story

Good characters very fine writing engrossing mystery and all in all quite a brilliant story with a fine twist.

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  • 06-18-22

A great performance of my favorite Berkeley mystery

A real treat for any fan of golden age mystery, darkly funny with the bitter and cynical edge Anthony Berkeley is known for. The narrator is perfect and creates just the right atmosphere for the story— I actually prefer this to reading it in print, which is rare for me. This is an excellent jumping-off point for anyone who wants to explore Berkeley’s work.

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Great plot and twist at end

Written by a master storyteller. it is filled with twists and turns. there is always an element of sophistication and good dialogue. the narrator is excellent and brings story to life. this book is unique and an enjoyable experience.

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  • 04-11-22

Well written, and equally well read.

A very amusing and cleverly written story, although perhaps a tad lacking in empathy for today’s audience. Seán Barrett is an excellent narrator. He doesn’t overdo the women’s voices, and his Scottish accent is perfect. Very clear and expressive. I hope that he will narrate more Roger Sherringham novels.

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  • Anna C.
  • 08-27-22

Monotone narration

The story must be one of Berkeley’s earlier ones as the idea is quite good, a bit chaotic here and there, but still interesting. Unfortunately, it’s spoiled by a monotone narrator who is either unfamiliar with the text or lacks experience in bringing it to life ( all voices are the same, there’s no change in tempo or intonation). Very disappointing.

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  • 05-07-22

not a nice story...5

I'm old fashioned and like my entertainment to follow the moral code....cleverly written bit an amoral ending ... did not enjoy this tale at all

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