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.