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The Woman in Black

E. C. Bentley

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .the keen intelligence of the other, entered very heartily into "the game." In these strivings for the credit of the press and of the police, victory sometimes attended the experience and method of the officer, sometimes the quicker brain and livelier imagination of Trent, his gift of instinctively recognizing the significant through all disguises.

The inspector, then, replied to Trent's last words with cordial agreement. Leaning on either side of the French window, with the deep peace and hazy splendor of the summer landscape before them, they reviewed the case.

Trent had taken out a thin notebook, and as they talked he began to make, with light, sure touches, a rough sketch plan of the room. It was a thing he did habitually on such occasions, and often quite idly, but now and then the habit had served him to good purpose.

This was a large, light apartment at the corner of the house, with generous window-space in two walls. A broad table st. . . 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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