There’s a literary niche for all tastes including those who think that either Ruth Rendell wasn’t funny enough or that PG Wodehouse didn’t feature anywhere near as many baffling murders as he could have. Anty Boisjoly Mysteries are classic, locked-room cosies written in the style of an homage to PG Wodehouse. The result, for those familiar with Wodehouse or Jerome K Jerome and Margery Allingham or Dorothy L Sayers, is either an inexcusable offence to several beloved canons, or a hilarious, fast-paced, manor house murder mystery.
The Case of the Canterfell Codicil
The first Anty Boisjoly Mystery
In The Case of the Canterfell Codicil, Wodehousian gadabout and clubman Anty Boisjoly takes on his first case when his old Oxford chum and coxswain is facing the gallows, accused of the murder of his wealthy uncle. Not one but two locked-room mysteries later, Boisjoly’s pitting his wits and witticisms against a subversive butler, a senile footman, a single-minded detective-inspector, an irascible goat, and the eccentric conventions of the pastoral Sussex countryside to untangle a multi-layered mystery of secret bequests, ancient writs, love triangles, revenge, and a teasing twist in the final paragraph.
The Case of the Ghost of Christmas Morning
The Christmas number
In The Case of the Ghost of Christmas Morning, Wodehousian clubman, flaneur, idler and sleuth Anty Boisjoly pits his sardonic wits against another pair of impossible murders. This time, Anty Boisjoly’s Aunty Boisjoly is the only possible suspect when a murder victim stands his old friends a farewell drink at the local, hours after being murdered.
The Tale of the Tenpenny Tontine
The Duel Dual Dilemma
The Tale of the Tenpenny Tontine is another mystifying, manor house stumper for Wodehousian bon-vivant and problem-solver Anty Boisjoly, when his clubmate asks him to determine who died first after two men appear to shoot each other in a duel, alone, in a locked room. The untold riches of the Tenpenny Tontine are in the balance, but the stakes only get higher when Anty determines that one of the men was murdered. He just doesn’t know which. Nor how it was done.
The Case of the Carnaby Castle Curse
The scary one
The ancient curse of Carnaby Castle has begun taking victims again — either that, or someone’s very cleverly done away with the new young bride of the philandering family patriarch, and the chief suspect is none other than Carnaby, London’s finest club steward.
Anty Boisjoly’s wits and witticisms are tested to their frozen limit as he sifts the superstitions, suspicions, and age-old schisms of the mediaeval Peak District village of Hoy to sort out how it was done before Carnaby’s served his last scotch-and-soda.
Reckoning at the Riviera Royale
The one with Anty’s mum
Anty finally has that awkward ‘did you murder my father’ conversation with his mother while finding himself in the ticklish position of defending her and an innocent elephant against charges of impossible murder.
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