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- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 18 Mar. 2013
- Language: English
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The story begins without any unnecessary preamble, as a young man travelling on his way to London finds himself caught up in the aftermath of a murder at the White Cottage. The young man is Jerry Challoner, and his father is Detective Chief Inspector W T Challoner of the Yard, so the tale then unfolds with both Jerry and his father on the case. They soon find that the murdered man had a lot of enemies, and their endeavours to follow all the threads of his life lead them even to France, where more mysteries await them.
This is a great little murder mystery. The men are all cads and bounders, or strong-minded, square- jawed types. The women are either brave and staunch, or fierce faithful-retainer types. Very much a book of its time, the society in which these people move is very alien to what we know, and the story itself incorporates much that feels very awkward and old-fashioned now. Nevertheless, an intriguing read, and one which sits well within the context of the early twentieth century crime fiction genre. Lots of twists and turns, and an engaging read.
As Jerry Challoner drives through Kent on his way back to London he gives a woman a lift. But little does he know that shortly after this he will become embroiled in a mystery. With the death of a man, Mr Crowther, in the neighbour’s house, the white cottage of the title it isn’t long before Jerry’s dad is on the case. For Jerry, his father is no other than DCI W.T. Challoner, of the Yard.
With the death of a man that no one really liked there seems to be enough suspects, and quite a bit of circumstantial evidence, but can anyone be found guilty of murder? With a suspect running to the continent W.T. and Jerry have to travel to Paris, and then on to the Riviera. Finding out why people didn’t like Mr Crowther W.T. also finds out about a secret society, and comes across a previous criminal, who claims that he is going straight, as well as the secrets and deceptions of the suspects.
This is fast paced and should more than hold your attention, as you follow this investigation and come across all the possibilities of who committed the crime. The ending to this isn’t probably what you would expect, but that also adds to the pleasure of this tale, and if you haven’t worked out who the possible killer was, then this will eventually show you.Read more ›
When a man is murdered in the White Cottage, it turns out that everyone in the household has good reason to want him dead. W.T., ably assisted by his brave, handsome son, Jerry, is stymied as one by one each person can produce an alibi or explain their innocence. The investigation takes them to the South of France where W.T. finally gets the solution while Jerry does his best to get the girl.
The book was first published in 1928 just before Allingham created Campion, who was to become her recurring detective in later books. Allingham was considered to be one of the Queens of Crime, though personally I never found her books to be as satisfactory as those of either Agatha Christie or Ngaio Marsh. While Christie's works have a timeless quality, due in part to better characterisation and a creation of an England which probably never really existed, both Marsh's and Allingham's works seem dated now, although it's fun to see what social attitudes were like back then. Having said that, this is still a very good example of the murder-mystery genre, and I enjoyed it more than I did the later Campion books. It's good to see these classic mysteries getting a new lease of life as eBooks. Recommended.
NB This review is of an electronic proof copy provided by the publisher.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Originally written in 1927 as a series for the Daily Express and then printed in book format in 1928.
Jerry Challenor drops off a young woman at the White Cottage. Read more
Interesting to read a thriller written in the 1920s. Very dated as one would expectPublished 2 months ago by M. Findley
Margery Allingham was a truly great writer of detective fiction from the Golden Age. The White Cottage Mystery is her first published book, and her full brilliance had yet to... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sid Nuncius
When Jerry Challoner offers a lift to a woman heading to the White Cottage, he thinks he’s merely doing a good deed. However, he is promptly drawn into a scene of murder. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Joy Isabella
A good plot that keeps moving, with characters that are worth being interested in and who are interested in each other.Published 5 months ago by D Raymond
Very interesting book, I especially liked the way the author has handled all the characters... The mystery was intriguing and the twist at the end was unexpected which made the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by aarathi
Very good read, kept you guessing until the end. Easy to read too.Published 6 months ago by MRS H M MANTON
I love Margery Allingham novels, they evoke a time long past.
A good old fashioned detective story and I'm pleased that Bloomsbury have re issued it. Read more