The Wychford Poisoning Case eBook ☆ The Wychford

The Wychford Poisoning Case eBook ☆ The Wychford 3.5 5 Full review can be found at 3.5 5 Full review can be found at 2.5 stars actually.Although it was a jolly ol mystery the scenes with the niece were quite irritating Dash it all , she was an unnecessary prop that wasn t given any depth of character or modicum of intellect and frankly, both Roger and Alex were downright mean to her The scene where he is spanking her and her dad just ignores it, feels terribly wrong even just to read through.No explanation is given as to how things were found out in the end just a mere stating of facts.Doesn t hold a cand 2.5 stars actually.Although it was a jolly ol mystery the scenes with the niece were quite irritating Dash it all , she was an unnecessary prop that wasn t given any depth of character or modicum of intellect and frankly, both Roger and Alex were downright mean to her The scene where he is spanking her and her dad just ignores it, feels terribly wrong even just to read through.No explanation is given as to how things were found out in the end just a mere stating of facts.Doesn t hold a candle to Dame Christie s works Ah, another Sheringham novel..This time Berkeley gave us his commentary on British law He commented that the innocent until proven guilty thing, doesn t exactly ring true as the words said It was, actually, quite the contrary Why not When a case is in the public interest, public opinion seems to have decided that the accused party is indeed guilty The until proven guilty part makes people focused in trying to prove the guilt of the accused, opening a window for confirmation bias which iron Ah, another Sheringham novel..This time Berkeley gave us his commentary on British law He commented that the innocent until proven guilty thing, doesn t exactly ring true as the words said It was, actually, quite the contrary Why not When a case is in the public interest, public opinion seems to have decided that the accused party is indeed guilty The until proven guilty part makes people focused in trying to prove the guilt of the accused, opening a window for confirmation bias which ironically has been affecting Roger Sheringhamoften than he could remember.As the title suggest, it was a case of poisoning Mr Bentley died apparently from arsenic poisoning His wife immediately step in the spotlight as a suspect All the evidence found points to her Public seems to had made their decision whether Mrs Bentley is innocent or not But not Roger, he seeks to be on the defense side trying to build a theory in favor of Mrs Bentley Of course, he does so with a little notion in mind Mrs Bentley could be guilty after all.This is my fifth book by Berkeley, and boy, do I still amazed by his capability to throw false solutions right into my face And the thing about his false solution is, it was beautifully fit to the facts, almost rings true as the actual explanation itself I could never get tired of Berkeley.P.S.Reading the foreword of my edition, Berkeley seemed to have been embarrassed by a chapter in which a young girl was given a traditional punishment And you know what I cringed all the way that particular scene. Mrs Bentley is on remand waiting to be tried for poisoning her husband John Bentley Roger Sheringham, on no very definite evidence, believes her to be innocent even though he hasn t met any of the people involved in the case He travels to Wychford with a friend who has a cousin living in the town to do some investigation himself in an attempt to clear Mrs Bentley s name.It soon becomes clear that there are several people who just might have committed the crime and all of whom have motives for Mrs Bentley is on remand waiting to be tried for poisoning her husband John Bentley Roger Sheringham, on no very definite evidence, believes her to be innocent even though he hasn t met any of the people involved in the case He travels to Wychford with a friend who has a cousin living in the town to do some investigation himself in an attempt to clear Mrs Bentley s name.It soon becomes clear that there are several people who just might have committed the crime and all of whom have motives for wanting Bentley dead This is a well written and interesting crime story which will leave most readers guessing I thought I d worked out who did it but I was completely wrong The solution is not at all what I expected.This book is somewhat notorious for a couple of scenes in which a teenage girl is spanked by one of the characters If it is taken in context it reads just like horseplay between two people who have known each other since childhood The girl s parents clearly weren t bothered It is all too easy to read a sexual motive into it with twenty first century eyes but it didn t read like that to me It s good to see this book back in print Our intrepid novelist and private investigator Roger Sheringham is intrigued by the case of Mrs Bentley, a woman accused of poisoning her husband with arsenic There appears to be overwhelming circumstantial evidence against Mrs Bentley but Sheringham feels this to be rather too much, and suspects that Mrs Bentley might actually be innocent.Without any delay, Sheringham and his Scots sidekick Alec, set off for Wychford to unravel the mystery and find the real killer.It s a bit of an odd, althoug Our intrepid novelist and private investigator Roger Sheringham is intrigued by the case of Mrs Bentley, a woman accused of poisoning her husband with arsenic There appears to be overwhelming circumstantial evidence against Mrs Bentley but Sheringham feels this to be rather too much, and suspects that Mrs Bentley might actually be innocent.Without any delay, Sheringham and his Scots sidekick Alec, set off for Wychford to unravel the mystery and find the real killer.It s a bit of an odd, although enthralling read The characters are inevitably from a certain level of society, although servants and shopworkers appear now and again to add a bit of colour and a dollop of plot.Modern readers and possibly forward thinking people of the time will perhaps be a bit bemused by Sheringham s and presumably by extension the author s view of women, something he expounds upon in a slightly Bertie Woosterish way on several occasions It is perhaps well meant but is at the very least a little patronising One does understand that this was the cultural norm of the day but Berkeley does extemporise somewhat on the issue This on its own would be no doubt not worth a mention were it not for the relationship between Alec, a married man, and his seventeen year old female cousin Let s just say there is occasional horseplay with enforced spanking and, on at least one occasion, ripped clothing, all fully endorsed by her smiling parents It all must have seemed very innocent and jolly to the majority of Sheringham fans at the time, although I daresay a good few of the male readers might have got a little hot under the collar.It may be our modern public familiarity with various forms of sexual abuse which makes these passages slightly uncomfortable to read.The plot is a little linear but is nevertheless filled with some interesting dialogue, the fascinating characters of Wychford, and the peeling of secrets from the main suspects The denouement, despite Sheringham s last minute arrival in a flight through a storm to bring the evidence which saves Mrs Bentley from the noose, is a bit of anticlimax and disappointingly dull It s reminiscent of Lord Peter Wimsey s eleventh hour flight to save his brother from the noose in Clouds of Witness , although there we had at least a satisfactory conclusion I understand that as he wroteandmysteries Anthony Berkeley becameinterested in the psychology behind the murderer s motive, but I don t think he really pulls it off here This just feels like a 1920s whodunnit with a heck of lot of talking andtalking and speculating and explicating In this case all of that talking isabout the state of mind and relationships of the suspects.Surprisingly, based on the reps of the books, I liked the first Roger Sheringhamthan th I understand that as he wroteandmysteries Anthony Berkeley becameinterested in the psychology behind the murderer s motive, but I don t think he really pulls it off here This just feels like a 1920s whodunnit with a heck of lot of talking andtalking and speculating and explicating In this case all of that talking isabout the state of mind and relationships of the suspects.Surprisingly, based on the reps of the books, I liked the first Roger Sheringhamthan this Neither hold a candle to his later stuff I ve enjoyed, Poisoned Chocolates and Mr Pidgeon s, but Layton Court, maybe because it s a traditional country house murder mystery, read better than Wychford I just didn t care because Berkeley largely relies on telling us about the characters suspects versus showing us the characters suspects This one also suffers from a third wheel Roger has his regular Watson here, Alec, but also Alec s cousin, Scrappy Doo Actually, her name is Sheila and she s a mostly obnoxious eighteen year old girl When she gets too obnoxious her cousin literally spanks her yes, that is right spanks her The trio just doesn t work for me Sometimes it does nearly, but there are some sharp edges that might poke your eye out.As for the mystery At one point Roger tells Alec I don t want it to be ingenious all I want is that it shall be satisfying, fit the facts, and leave no reasonable doubt in your minds as to its correctness Does it do all those things No Granted, it s not ingenious either In fact, I skimmed the last chapter One reason I like Sheringham and Berkeley is their verbosity But when it s all so much hot air that strength becomes a weakness Buried in pages of summary the ending, in Roger s own words, is tame Real life is one anti climax after another Well, Mr Berkelely, that s why I m trying to escape by reading balmy whodunnits, and I d have preferred a climactic ending Not a good read Here s hoping the third book in the series is better than the second Roger Sheringham, best selling novelist, man about town and occasional amateur detective, decides that a young woman accused of poisoning her husband is innocent Why he feels this way is not made clear it appears to be a kind of contrarian thinking As a matter of fact, Sheringham never meets the prisoner, never writes to her or consults her in any way He conducts his investigation by getting himself and his best friend invited to stay with said best friend s relatives, who live in the town w Roger Sheringham, best selling novelist, man about town and occasional amateur detective, decides that a young woman accused of poisoning her husband is innocent Why he feels this way is not made clear it appears to be a kind of contrarian thinking As a matter of fact, Sheringham never meets the prisoner, never writes to her or consults her in any way He conducts his investigation by getting himself and his best friend invited to stay with said best friend s relatives, who live in the town where the poisoning occurred By insinuating himself with the family and friends of the murder victim, he figures out thatthan one person would have had a motive to do away with the unpleasant Mr Bentley his two brothers, who stood to gain financially from his death, a discarded mistress, and of course the accused wife The book was unsatisfactory because the solution to the mystery pops up at the very end, as a result of Sheringham s visit to Paris, where the dead man and his wife used to live None of this is shared with the reader until the very end, which I found unsatisfactory Mrs Bentley poisoned her husband, everyone knows that It s obvious Except to Roger Sheringham, who maintains she could be innocent He sets out to secretly investigate, assisted in a loose sense by Alec and Sheila With a mixture of psychological deduction and traditional sleuthing, he eventually arrives at the truth And, because it s Anthony Berkeley, you get a few plausible but wrong solutions thrown at you too I can see why AB wasn t keen on this being republished It s far from being h Mrs Bentley poisoned her husband, everyone knows that It s obvious Except to Roger Sheringham, who maintains she could be innocent He sets out to secretly investigate, assisted in a loose sense by Alec and Sheila With a mixture of psychological deduction and traditional sleuthing, he eventually arrives at the truth And, because it s Anthony Berkeley, you get a few plausible but wrong solutions thrown at you too I can see why AB wasn t keen on this being republished It s far from being his best writing Plus, there s some strong misogyny at points, and embarrassing spanking scenes And the ending was a bit of a letdown But AB at his far from best is still worthy of 3 stars, so if you re a fan, you should still add this to your list nd Roger Sheringham novel There almost always is something comforting in reading a golden age detective Not too serious, not too silly either Cozy, entertaining and yes sometimes the blatant racism or antisemitism can dampen my enthusiasm But this was ridiculous Never read a novelsexist than this one The scenes concerning the niece made me cringe at first and eventually laugh with uneasiness Won t continue this series.

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