Friday, August 10, 2018

Weekend at Thrackley by Alan Melville

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Weekend at Thrackley
by Alan Melville

ISBN-13: 9781464209710
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Book Description from Goodreads:
Jim Henderson is one of six guests summoned by the mysterious Edwin Carson, a collector of precious stones, to a weekend party at his country house, Thrackley. The house is gloomy and forbidding but the party is warm and hospitable – except for the presence of Jacobson, the sinister butler. The other guests are wealthy people draped in jewels; Jim cannot imagine why he belongs in such company.

After a weekend of adventure – with attempted robbery and a vanishing guest – secrets come to light and Jim unravels a mystery from his past.

My Review:
Weekend at Thrackley is a mystery/adventure set in England which was originally published in 1934. Jim is invited to a house party where the host collects jewels and all the other guests have precious jewels that the host wants to view. It's not really a mystery since the reader pretty much knows what's going on as does the undercover detective that's at this party. The detective is trying to prove that jewelry theft is occurring. Jim happens to stumble across clues to what's going on and recognizes the undercover detective as an old school friend, so he gets in on the action.

The good-guy characters were fun with a humorous view of the world. I thought that we were going to have a murder-free detective story at first (which I enjoy, too), but the bodies started piling up at the end. There was no sex. There was a fair amount of bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this entertaining adventure.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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