Title: Trent’s Last Case
Author: E.C. Bentley
Publication Date: 1913
Formats: Paperback, Kindle, Hardcover, Audio CD
Genres: Mystery, Detective, Classics
Occasionally you read the blurb on the back of a book and you smirk, thinking that this is an overestimation by a mile, but in the case of EC Bentley’s Trent’s Last Case the comment that it had its ‘with its labyrinthine and mystifying plotting (it) can be seen as the first truly modern mystery’ was the truth.
To begin with this book was written in 1913, therefore it is a bit hard to read. It is very detailed, very descriptive and perhaps a bit slow moving compared to current mystery novels. While this initially is a bit distracting once I got used to the style I enjoyed reading and absorbing the intricate detail and this is the key point in this book. The intricate detail is key to how the story unfolds and the twist at the end.
With not one but three reveals you need to concentrate to understand what is happening and in all honesty I think this missing a bit from recent releases. This is a labyrinthine plot and while the style is very laid back, you feel each jolt as it occurs.
The characters were an interesting blend and perhaps typical of the day, the writing was skillful and the plot was unexpected.
I loved this book and would highly recommend it to anyone who really wants to be kept guessing. It will be worth your time.
Author W.R Gingell has produced a delightful series in the Shards of a Broken Sword trilogy. Containing three distinct story lines with marvelous characters it is an enjoyable read which moves along at a cracking pace, ensuring that there is never a dull moment.
My favorite feature of this book was the characters; each was distinct, with their own motivations. Utilizing stream of consciousness we are able to relate to the trials they are enduring and agonize over the decisions they make. While I found this really enjoyable, in places
it did make the plotline rather obvious but this didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the stories.
In the final book the separate storylines are woven together and while there was the chance tha
t this could appear contrived, it didn’t. I feel that in part this was due to the predictability of the plot but despite this I still found the book exceptionally enjoyable.
The Complete Trilogy also had the added benefit of two mini stories, which focused on resolving some of the grey areas which remained at the conclusion of the series. I thought this was a great idea.
I highly recommend this book for readers who like fantasy with a twist and the romantics at heart