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A Mysterious Affair of Style

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Country  United Kingdom
Publisher  Faber and Faber
Pages  292
Originally published  2007
Followed by  And Then There Was No One
Genre  Mystery
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Language  English
Publication date  2007
ISBN  978-0-571-23425-7
Author  Gilbert Adair
Page count  292
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Preceded by  The Act of Roger Murgatroyd
Similar  Gilbert Adair books, Other books

A Mysterious Affair of Style is a whodunit by Gilbert Adair first published in 2007. A homage to the Golden Age of Detective Fiction in general and Agatha Christie in particular, the novel is a sequel to Adair's 2006 book, The Act of Roger Murgatroyd.

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Plot summary

Set in post-war London and at Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire, the "mysterious affair" of the title is the murder of ageing actress Cora Rutherford on the set of the film which she hopes will mark her comeback to the silver screen. As it happens, mystery writer Evadne Mount, an old friend of Cora's, and Chief-Inspector Trubshawe, retired, formerly of Scotland Yard, are watching the shooting of the scene in which the actress drinks from a champagne glass whose content, unbeknownst to everyone except the murderer, has been laced with a strong poison. Right from the start of the investigation, a neat group of suspects presents itself to the police. However, although each of them would have had means and opportunity to kill Cora Rutherford, none of them has the slightest motive to have done so. It takes amateur sleuth Evadne Mount several days to figure out the solution to the crime, and only by linking up the murder with an accident which happened some time previously, and eventually by using a decoy, is she able to solve the case.

Reviews

  • by Fiona Atherton, living.Scotsman.com
  • by Barry Forshaw, The Independent on Sunday
  • by Carrie O'Grady, The Guardian
  • by John Self, Asylum (a litblog)
  • amazon.co.uk customer reviews
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  • Agatha Christie's The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920), whose title (though not its plot) was the inspiration for A Mysterious Affair of Style
  • Cameron McCabe's The Face on the Cutting-Room Floor (1937), a contemporary mystery novel about the machinations within the British film industry, where a murder is captured on film while the identity of the perpetrator remains in the dark
  • Ben Elton's Dead Famous (2001), another example of a whodunit where an unidentified murderer kills while the cameras are on, here in a late-20th-century Big Brother-type reality television setting
  • References

    A Mysterious Affair of Style Wikipedia


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