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Trent's Last Case

E. C. Bentley

Book Overview: 

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.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .To Mr. Murch he said aloud: 'Well, I'll draw the bedroom later on. What about this?'

'They call it the library,' said the inspector. 'Manderson used to do his writing and that in here; passed most of the time he spent indoors here. Since he and his wife ceased to hit it off together, he had taken to spending his evenings alone, and when at this house he always spent 'em in here. He was last seen alive, as far as the servants are concerned, in this room.'

Trent rose and glanced again through the papers set out on the table. 'Business letters and documents, mostly,' said Mr. Murch. 'Reports, prospectuses, and that. A few letters on private matters, nothing in them that I can see. The American secretary—Bunner his name is, and a queerer card I never saw turned—he's been through this desk with me this morning. He had got it into his head that Manderson had been receiving threatening letters, and that the murder was the outcome of that. But . . . Read More

Community Reviews

This story, about 100 years old, has some interesting facets beyond the plot.
- Agatha Christie was a big fan.
- It was the first, not the last, Trent story written by Bentley
- Other Trent stories followed
- It has been considered a new model for detective fiction
- Almost everything is presented from

E.C. Bentley nos relata un asesinato y la investigación que el periodista a tiempo parcial, Philip Trent, lleva a cabo.
Trent es listo y perspicaz, pero no es infalible.
En la trama de la novela se intercala una historia de amor.
La caracterización de la personalidad de cada personaje está bien cread

Review of the audiobook narrated by Simon Vance

This 1913 book was said to be Dorothy L. Sayers' favorite mystery; indeed, she wrote the foreword to this edition and calls it "a tale of unusual brilliance and charm." Agatha Christie called it "one of the best detective stories ever written." Supposed

Perhaps the first "cosy" detective story. Has the distinction of being lauded by Dorothy Sayers and derided by Raymond Chandler.

The plot is clever, and still works today, even if the setting seems alien to the modern reader.

Extra points from me because E.C. Bentley was my great grandfather.

Me ha gustado y recordado en parte a los libros de Agatha Christie, solo que este detective es algo peculiar.

somewhere between a 4 and a 5, so we'll call it a high 4.

In John Curran's introduction to this edition, he refers to Trent's Last Case as "one of the most famous milestones in the genre." He quotes EC Bentley from his autobiography, Those Days (1940) where he writes

"Some time in the year 1910 it oc

No hay nada como comenzar el año con un buen libro.

Desde el punto de vista actual esta novela no tiene nada que sorprenda mucho, pero fue un punto de inflexión en el género cuando se publicó (al menos en el mundo anglosajón). Acostumbrados a detectives racionales y siempre acertados como el Holmes d

Philip Trent, a fairly successful artist, who also has a remarkable talent for solving the most baffling of murders and writing dispatches on them for the Record, is called in by the paper when the great financial giant, Sigsbee Manderson is found dead in mysterious circumstances. Was it suicide or

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