03 April, 2017

The affair of the thirty-nine cufflinks by James Anderson (book)

Lord Burford was sure that lightning wouldn't strike thrice, when his wife persuaded him to have guests at Alderley, his stately mansion.

Their beautiful home had been the scene of not one but two murders. It was ridiculous to think it could ever happen again. His beloved Aunt Florrie had died in London and had expressed a wish to be buried at her deceased husband's former home. So he agreed to hold the funeral at the nearby chapel and then invite the mourners back for refreshments.

Soon, the twelve beneficiaries of the will were the only ones left at the gathering, and they would have to stay the night, as the will could not be read until the barrister arrived.

So there they all together under one roof, and what the barrister revealed in his sonorous voice, was shocking to many of them. But first they had to fulfil a last request of Aunt Florrie's and sing 'She'll be coming round the mountain'.

To those looking for a gentle murder mystery, this is a light and entertaining read very much in the tradition of Agatha Christie,. Mr Anderson, who died in 2007, only wrote three like this but they are all just as good. 

Title: The affair of the thirty-nine cufflinks.

Author: James Anderson 

Reviewed by Clare K. Massey Library

Clare K works at Massey Library in West Auckland. She believes that there is nothing you can't learn from a book, and the more you know, the more you grow.

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