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A Gentleman's Murder

Auteur(s): Christopher Huang
Narrateur(s): Raphael Corkhill
Durée: 11 h et 52 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (58 évaluations)

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Description

The year is 1924. The streets of St. James ring with jazz as Britain races forward into an age of peace and prosperity. London's back alleys, however, are filled with broken soldiers and still shadowed by the lingering horrors of the Great War.   

Only a few years removed from the trenches of Flanders himself, Lieutenant Eric Peterkin has just been granted membership in the most prestigious soldiers-only club in London: the Britannia. But when a gentleman's wager ends with a member stabbed to death, the victim's last words echo in the lieutenant's head: that he would "Soon right a great wrong from the past".   

Eric is certain one of his fellow members is the murderer. But who? Captain Mortimer Wolf, the soldier's soldier thrice escaped from German custody? Second Lieutenant Oliver Saxon, the brilliant codebreaker? Or Captain Edward Aldershott, the steely club president whose Savile Row suits hide a frightening collision of mustard gas scars?   

Eric's investigation will draw him far from the marbled halls of the Britannia to the shadowy remains of a dilapidated war hospital and the heroin dens of Limehouse. As the facade of gentlemenhood cracks, Eric faces a Matryoshka doll of murder, vice, and secrets pointing not only to the officers of his own club, but to the very investigator assigned by Scotland Yard.

©2018 Christopher Huang (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Ce que les critiques en disent

"Huang surrounds his engaging lead character with a meaty supporting cast, many of whom quickly become suspects with tantalizing motives. The mystery itself is clever and should keep even the most experienced whodunit finders guessings. We hope [this] will be only the first of many Eric Peterkin adventures." ―Booklist

"Dorothy Sayers is alive and well and writing under the name of Christopher Huang. A Gentleman's Murder echoes the traditional mysteries in the best sense: no car chases or explosions, just great characters and a feel for time and place." ―Rhys Bowen, New York Times best-selling author of The Tuscan Child and two-time winner of the Agatha Award 

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Amazing classic detective

Such a good story inspired by the detective classic authors. A well put together puzzle with a unique twist on usual characters and personalities. Thank you for a good story!

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Excellent!

I would highly recommend this story. The author has created an intelligent and enjoyable murder mystery. He also has done a significant amount of research.

An excellent narrator that perfectly fits the story.

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Love Sherlock, love this novel

I love these Sherlock type mystery novels. I loved the atmosphere and the characters surrounding this novel. It was interesting and kept me guessing - which I love about a novel. It did not disappoint. Great narration as well by Raphael Corkhill!!!

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Great introduction to the mystery genre

I thoroughly enjoyed the book, it was sophisticated enough that the killer was not easily identifiable but simple enough that if one was paying attention, the killer could be Identified.

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A great first effort

A straight forward and entertaining murder mystery set within a decade of the end of the first world war. Interesting characters, all members of an exclusive gentlemen's club who had served at the front. Recommendable.

The narration by Raphael Corkhill is spot on.

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excellent

Found the narrator captivating. Fun and easy to follow along with twists and turns that keep you coming back for more!

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  • cygnet3
  • USA
  • 2018-11-13

Your little grey cells will be delighted with this murder mystery

I was hoping all the reviews were correct... was it really a whodunnit written in the style of Golden Age of detective stories? Yes, is was an intriguing story and so much more. I found myself so wrapped up in this mystery that I would set a time in my day to actually brew some tea and listen to my book. I savored this mystery as much as my tea. It was made more poignant due the fact that I finished it on Veterans Day and on the 100 year anniversary of WW1.Christopher Huang, I hope this isn’t my only encounter with Eric Peterkin and the Britianna Club.
Mr. Corkhill did a superb job with the narration.

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  • Beth B
  • 2019-01-19

Its like being one of the boys

In this book you get a birds eye view of an exclusive British club after WW1 and the characters who inhabit it. It is told in the first person which really works for this private and intimate male sanctuary. It deals with the inherent racism in Britain at that time,with a curious mixture of male social behaviour, British reserve and army etiquette thrown in for good measure. Secrets and lies abound and a murder occurs. Eric Peterkin is an outsider due to his mixed race heritage, but tolerated to different degrees by the various individuals. He begins to try and solve the murder in an ever unfolding narrative where secrets are exposed and a mosaic of the crime comes together thru Peterkin’s eyes. The mystery is a maze, with many wrong turns and stumbles. Peterkin’s method is intuition and attack and he is not afraid to be unliked. He makes mistakes but his resolution is firm and he slogs thru mud to get to the truth. It is an image of the trench warfare that they have experienced, a inch forward and then two back. The characters are wonderful and the plot is complex and imaginative.

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  • wisconsinclark
  • 2019-06-23

Hope this is the beginning of a series

Thoroughly enjoyed this mystery written in the classic tradition. Also, very much enjoyed the authors notes at the end. Well done!!! If you are tired of psychological thrillers, gore, swearing, tiresome unnecessary sex scenes, you will appreciate this well thought out novel.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-09-24

Good ole mystery

A mystery novel that keeps interest well. I have no dissappointment and will deliver greatly

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  • PJM
  • 2019-11-08

Throw-back Mystery - Lots of Fun

I enjoyed this book so much! The story was great and the setting was done perfectly, I believe.

I think Huang should write a jillion books and I will buy them all.

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  • Christiana
  • 2019-09-16

Loved it!

He is very good at giving you the clues you need to put the picture together. Absolutely can’t wait for his next one.

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  • Ricky
  • Northcoast
  • 2019-08-26

Style captured, conclusion missed

As promised, author captured post WWI English gentlemen’s club authentically enough for my reading. Story line was complicated but that kept my interest. Listened on Audible; narrator added credibility to the characters. Nice British accent. Conclusion wasn’t a given but so many times it appeared murderer was someone else which seemed contrived to throw the reader off. Wolf cried too many times to make the actual reveal feel satisfying. Story did address social issues of the character narrating both historically from his era and the perspective of today’s world, which was interesting. Worth reading, but not on my Best-Ever list.

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  • Cass
  • 2019-05-06

Steady and well-thought-out

This was an enjoyable mystery in the classic tradition with plenty of suspects, plenty of clues, and a careful untangling that kept you guessing all the way along. I enjoyed the plot and pacing of this story. It wasn't fast-paced or hard-hitting, and it didn't need to be. It was gripping in a quiet, understated way that fit the tone and atmosphere of the story. It was certainly exciting at times, and definitely engaging, but this was about solving puzzles, not action-movie capers. I am a fan of both, but in this case I appreciated the solid, realness of the story choices. You never had to suspend your disbelief; everything that happened felt well in the realm of possibility.

One of the things I think I actually appreciated most about this story was the balance and patience of it's approach, and that it did not easily fall into 2D stereotypes of anybody. Not every hero has to be a door-kicking alpha-male who suffers no insult and goes off the handle if he feels disrespected. The protagonist here had a different kind of strength, a quiet, innate strength that said he knew his own worth whether the world wanted to acknowledge it or not. Being mild-mannered clearly did not make him a push-over and his thoughtful, earnest character ends up really carrying the tone of the story - not quick to judgement or wrath, but trying to seek and ascertain truth because the effort itself is worthy. At first I didn't like a majority of the other characters, and I can't say I liked all of them much better by the end, but I *understood* them better. It's relatively easy to make readers care about sympathetic characters. Leading them to a deeper understanding of unsympathetic characters shows true talent and an ability to see humans as flawed, multi-faceted beings capable of being more than just one thing at a time that is often ignored in fiction.

I found this an enjoyable listen and I hope that it is only the beginning of many adventures to follow.

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  • Paul and Courtney
  • Berkeley, CA, United States
  • 2019-03-14

Fun Traditional Mystery

All of the evidence was there, you just have to put it together for yourself. That's the most fun part of a good mystery for me. Can't wait for more books like this from Christopher Huang

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  • julianne
  • Eagle, CO, United States
  • 2019-02-06

A stressful story

The interaction between characters was so rude and angry that I couldn't listen to it at night which is the entire reason I listen to audio books. None of the characters were likeable with the possible exeption of one young woman who was really pretty bland. The other characters were truly awful. I hope to return this book as I did not like it at all.

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