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  1. E N Wiesner

    I have read both of Clara Benson’s mysteries and LOVED them both. I cannot wait to receive word that additional mysteries have been released. It is such a pleasure to read books so beautifully written., The “King’s English,” if you will, far surpasses what we Americans pass off as English and I found myself re-reading passages for the shear pleasure of enjoying Clara Benson’s way with words. She and her books are a delight. I am so pleased that you “stumbled” upon her unpublished works and thank you so much for choosing to publish them. Looking forward, with great anticipation, to future mysteries! Elizabeth N. Wiesner, Port Orchard, Washington

  2. Katey

    Thank-you so much for publishing these fine mysteries! I have enjoyed the first two and look forward to the next.
    Katey
    Oregon, USA

  3. Barbara Shellmer

    I’m so glad I found Clara Benson’s books. Looking forward to the remaining publications. Hope there are many.

  4. gail gassen

    I’ve read tree of her books & enjoyed them eminencly. Mrs Matchmaking is a wonderful character, a young miss marble. Thank you for publishing them. Can hardly wait for the next one.

  5. Rebecca Hopper

    I love the three Clara Benson mysteries I have read. I sincerely hope more books in the series will be released soon. Thank you for sharing these books.

  6. Ken Deyo

    Just finished ‘The Murder at Sissingham Hall’. Excellent book. Do you have any more information about the author? I’d like to know more about Clara Benson.

  7. Marian Wallace

    Such well written mysteries deserve to be better known and I would love to know something about Clara Benson.

  8. I’ve read the Clara Benson mysteries you have released for Kindle and have enjoyed them. I found this on your site and my question to you is how many more are there to release? Looking forward to seeing your answer. 🙂

    About
    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Clara Benson was born in 1890 and as a young woman wrote several novels featuring Angela Marchmont. She was unpublished in her lifetime, preferring to describe her writing as a hobby, and it was not until many years after her death in 1965 that her family rediscovered her work and decided to introduce it to a wider audience.

  9. I’m currently reading ‘The Riddle at Gypsy’s Mile’ having read the previous books and enjoyed them all. They deserve to be better known in my opinion. I’m looking forward to reading more.

  10. I have just finished reading all the Angela Marchmont mysteries and am completely charmed by the characters, the writing and the places. The “word pictures” of the sites are rich and put me right there, in my imagination.
    I will be watching for the next mystery. I’ve been an avid reader all my life and have been a fan of British mysteries for decades.

  11. Pamela

    I have just finished the four available Angela Marchmont mysteries and truly hope there are many more to come. The books are a wonderful find and I can’t wait to read more of them.

  12. I have been completely charmed by this series and am very happy that these books are gaining a wider readership. Clara Benson’s writing is lovely and she appears to have been writing ahead of her time in terms of social issues involving racism, sexism and class awareness, firmly positioning herself in the “every person matters” camp. I am looking forward to more releases! Hopefully Clara was very prolific :).

    • Duncan Macintyre

      I think Brad that the reason you found the author ‘ahead of her time in terms of social issues’, was simply that the books may not have been written in the 1920’s. Alternatively the books have undergone ‘heavy’ editing.
      I also was rather ‘charmed’ by the writing style.

  13. Barbara Sloan-Hendershott

    I read the first Angela Marchmont mystery and it took me back to the England and the time that was so familiar to my Mother and that she described to me so often, Boise, Idaho is a long way from that time and place but you took me there. What fun. Barbara Sloan

  14. Elisa Lefer

    I have read all five books and found them to be wonderfully delicious! What a treasure to have uncovered. I hope that the delightful Clara Benson was able to pen many more mysteries featuring Mrs. Marchmount in her lifetime.

  15. marc

    I have read the 5 books now. I enjoyed them very much. But surely you can’t expect us to believe they were written in the 1920’s? The last book dealing with developments on atomic power,those were not things known by the public then. She also used an expression “biting the bullet” which stems from a 1960’s movie?

    • Thomas Johnson

      Research into atoms and atomic theories go back into the late 1800’s with the Curies’ research into radiation and early theories on atomic structure. It continued ever since. So, people knew about radiation, atomic isotopes, theories that power might be obtained from such things way before WWII. In fact a science fiction story from the late 30’s incorporated into an atomic device the concept of critical mass of isotopes. Nuclear physics was born in in the early 1900’s, not with WWII. So, the limited information given in the 5th book would not be out of place for a writer from the 20’s or 30’s. Average people back in the 20’s and 30’s were much more versed and knowledgeable in science than they have been in the last 50 years.

  16. Mary Anne Webster

    Just finished my third book. Really enjoy the stories. Probably silly but reminds me of a grown up Nancy Drew. I loved her mysteries as a young girl. Now at this age of my life I
    am loving Angela Marchmont’s
    adventures.

  17. Kathy

    Absolutely enjoyed reading a truly enjoyable character as Angela Marchmont. The writing and time period of the stories keeps one engrossed.

  18. I have just finished THE TREASURE AT FIVES CASTLE which is the last of the first five and look forward to number six. I too would love to know a LOT more about Ms. Benson than the very brief bio available on line. And, after the last book I agree with the writer above who commented that she finds it hard to believe the author wrote it in the 20’s because atomic power/nuclear energy features prominently. The atomic bomb wasn’t a viable development until very close to the end of WW II. I’ve have truly loved and enjoyed each and every title so far although there is always a little something that does strain my credulity. In the FIVES CASTLE book it is the constant remarks about 3 feet of snow (which apparently fell in just a few hours) yet folks are traipsing around it. Getting their feet wet and tired out yet, but 3 feet — do you know how far up the body that actually is? It is about waist high. Walking around in snow that deep is nigh on impossible unless it has frozen on the top. But with some quibbles apart (the rather laissez faire childcare for Barbara in the POLDARROW POINT book is another and the variety of settings although always amongst the upper crust) I find these mysteries engaging and well written. Please give us more information than that these manuscripts were discovered in an attic only recently but written in the 20’s as a hobby. This strains my credulity past the breaking point. Is it a current author writing under a pseudonym or ??? Thanks. And I look forward to the Italian setting and more information.

  19. ann pinkerton

    I read my first book by Clara Benson , today. I am going online to purchase all her books. What true pleasure to read! I am thrilled to find another British author that I enjoyed asmuch as Christie!

  20. Duncan Macintyre

    I’ve read most of the ‘Angela Marchand’ series and enjoyed them very much. The writing itself is excellent and the plots although tangled are what one would expect in such a series.
    The only complaint I have is that I doubt very much that they were written in the 1920’s. As others have pointed out there are a number of anachronisms which make it difficult to completely suspend disbelief. The lack of anti-Semitism is also rather odd. Other authors such as Agathe Christie et. al. gave full vent to the feelings of the day, which are not in the least acceptable in todays’ literature nor society’s norms.

  21. Diane Anderson

    I hope that we will have the pleasure of a new Angela Marchmont mystery soon, they are such a deightful diversion from today. I will be waiting impatiently to hear there is another mystery, while rereading the first seven.

  22. Duncan Macintyre

    I have read all 7 in the series. These books simply were not written in the 1920’s. They are good pieces of ‘fake’ golden age English mysteries, and they should be billed as such. A woman writing at that time in the 20th. century would never have the latitude to write about her ‘affairs’ as openly as she does.
    As I said they are very well written, but the character ‘Angela Marchmont’ does not in any way represent the 1920’s.
    It won’t stop me buying the books if the ‘real’ method of authorship is revealed. In fact it might be a relief to many readers to stop their own ‘detective’ work and just enjoy the books. I do not believe that the revelation that the books are written under a pseudonym or by committee would hamper their sales.

  23. Judi

    Drat! I was enjoying the cover story! Oh well, I was a bit surprised at how easy they are to read. When reading old novels by Agatha Christie or her contemporaries, I usually have to look up some phrases to make sure I have the meaning. The mystery of the books themselves was part of the enjoyment for me:(.

  24. These books are a charming yarn, the kind of novel you take with you to the seaside and read while sun bathing as they are an easy read. I had not seen the biography of the author until after i had read all the books out so far, and when reading them I felt the syntax to be of a 21st Century author writing in the style of Georgette Heyer, Agatha Christie, and even Enid Blyton, but I did not get the impression from the books that they had actually been authored by someone of that time. This could be because the author was most anachronistically ahead of her time; the book sare heavily edited, or they have been written by someone in the 21st Century and given a cute back story of a fictional 1920s author. I thought the books were great fun and it doesn’t matter to me who the author is or when the books were written. love them all!

    • Cathy B

      Thank you Eliza, I’ve just finished Murder at Sissingham Hall and already had a strong suspicion that it was NOT written in the “golden age”. I couldn’t put my finger on why I thought this but I got an uncomfortable anachronistic feeling. The attitudes of the protagonists didn’t ring true and it lacked the snobbery which is part of the charm of the real thing. I’m very pleased to read your comment and find that I’m not the only one who got suspicious.

  25. margaret

    I agree very much with Duncan and Eliza. While the scientific community knew about the theoretical potential for atomic energy in the early twentieth century, bad HG Wells did use the idea in his 1913 novel, it stretches credulity to have it as a plot device in a novel written in 1927 by, one assumes, a woman in her late thirties with no scientific training. I agree that the egalitarianism and lack of casual racism also do not ring true.
    Despite this, they are a fun read, the murder mystery equivalent to Downton Abbey.

  26. Duncan Macintyre

    I just returned from holiday, a steady diet of Iain Banks left me longing for ‘Clara Benson’ and her quick and easy reads. Most of the posters have caught onto her trick but enjoy the books anyway. The protagonist being an American leaves latitude for mistakes an English author might not make. It does not enable her to act for the part of a writer of the 20’s or 30’s. I am presuming the author to be female……maybe wrongly.

  27. Barbara Carpenter

    I have been enjoying these books, though I find them less challenging than say Dorothy Sayer. But I have another thought…not only do I posit a more contemporary writer but perhaps…a male author? I keep thinking for such an attractive, confident woman of a certain age, I know so little of the details… have I been spoiled by great women mystery writers who give such intimate views into character, setting, fashion,mores….?

  28. I’m inclined to agree with these posters who feel the writer is alive and well in the 21st century. I hope that is the case and I hope whoever he/she is, they will keep writing these charming stories. I love Angela and I want her to continue to be in my life.

  29. Valerie Kilpatrick

    I am going to wait for the next Angela Marchmont novel as patiently as possible. But I hope the wait is a brief one, with many more to follow!:

  30. Colleen french

    I discovered this series by accident, bought the first one on my Kindle and as soon as I had read the first chapter I bought the entire series and have just bought number nine. What a delightful set this is. The writing is excellent, the plots are wonderfully involved and fun to try and guess the culprit and the heroine is a joy. I too hope that there are many, many more to come.

  31. Rae

    Hi – I am thoroughly enjoying this series of books (as with many others, I do not believe them to be written in the 1920’s, but who cares ?!!)
    My question is – are they available to buy as large print, paper editions? I’m sure my 91 year old grandad would devour them as I am doing, but would need large print.

    • Valerie Robinson

      For your grandad, you might just want to get him a kindle from Amazon , load this wonderful series in in order, and show him how to increase the type size to whatever works for him. As e-books, it will be less expensive than print, and give him the flexibility he needs.

  32. Valerie Robinson

    Have finished the first ten and the author’s comment at the end. Love these stories, and A. Marchmont is an exceptionally well developed character, not always so in stories from the twenties and thirties.. one really cares about her. One understands her moral dilemmas, and applauds her persistence. And, really, there must be a follow-up to Number Ten, even if only in Freddie’s stories. The other character I really want to know more about is the precocious and enchanting Barbara.

  33. Beverly Allen

    I wish Angela only the best in NY! Hope to hear more of her adventures in the future. Bring on Freddy!!!!

  34. Elaine Gibbs

    I too have really enjoyed all the Angela Marchmont books and don’t give a fig about when they were written or by whom. They have just been great fun. I look forward to stories with Freddie but would nonetheless hope that Angela and Edgar will not entirely disappear from the books. I have grown to enjoy their company. So thank you to the author whoever you are. ?

    • Thomas Johnson

      Elaine, my thoughts exactly. In fact, I’m glad Ms Benson is still writing, I expected the old manuscripts to run out some day. The characters are just wonderful, so real I never fail to see them clearly in my head. Freddie is a great character, but I hope we see Angela and Edgar (and Barbara who has her mother’s DNA for detecting in my opinion). Always looking forward to the next book.

  35. Thomas Johnson

    I just finished the latest book by Clara Benson – THE SHADOW AT GREYSTONE CHASE. Wow, it was as good as all the previous books. I have read mostly Victorian up to 1950’s mysteries and these are as good as any in my opinion. In future books I would love to see more of Barbara. She is a spitfire, full of energy, highly intelligent, would love to see her become another Angela Marchmont. I look forward to the next Clara Benson book, they can’t come too fast for me. I devour them as soon as I get one; and will re-read them as time goes by.

  36. Marion Thomas

    I have enjoyed this series …… and happily accepted it all at face value …. why should I question such authentic writing? The footnote to “Shadow” caught me by surprise but, no hard feelings! I shall look forward to hearing more of Freddie and, maybe, the odd, oblique reference to Angela et al.

  37. Linda Danford

    I just finished The Shadow at Greystone Chase as well and I will miss Angela Marchmont although I look forward to a continuation of the series with Freddie as the protagonist. I also was convinced from about the second book that the writer was a contemporary (of the readers), not because of physical anachronisms but because the general tone and characterizations were decidedly modern. It’s one of the beauties of the series which is very well written and original. I’d like to make another guess, though. I think the author is American. I suspect that Golden Age mysteries are more popular in the US these days than they are in England and I’ll bet most of “Clara Benson’s” readership is here as well.

  38. Elaine Gibbs

    Yes and is the author a he or a she? I rather hope I never find out much more fun to keep guessing ?

  39. Lucille Bifano

    I have read all 10 Angela Marchmont mysteries. I have enjoyed them all. I love the mystery of who the “real” author is and also believe he or she is an American or has lived in America. There were times I wondered about when the books were written because there would be more modern phrase or rythym to a sentence but it didn’t matter. The books were engaging and enjoyable. I will miss Angela, Edgar and Barbara and I hope the author will reconsider and keep the story going. Love the idea of Freddie and can’t wait to see what he does. Maybe we’ll get some info on Angela et al but it won’t be quite the same!

  40. I have thoroughly enjoyed this engaging series, though like others I suspected the stories to have been written more recently than claimed.

    Delighted to hear that Freddie will be getting his own series, but oh! How I’m going to miss Angela.

    Well done, Ms Benson, whoever you are.

  41. Julie Oliver

    I’ve read all 10 of Angela’s mysteries and loved them. Can’t wait for Freddie’s. Hopefully he’ll keep the readers apprised with updates about Angela and company.

  42. Pam Barber

    Just finished the 10th book and enjoyed it as much as the previous 9. Like many readers, I have been hit with the more modern phrases and overall tone of a more recent manuscript. However, the plot, character development and general good writing far outweighs any irritation at those brief moments. I look forward to the new series and hope that Angela will pop up now and again. After all, they ARE friends.

  43. Mary White

    I too wish that there would be more Angela, Edgar, and Barbara books and some adventures in America. Please do not abandon them – write more books about Angela and her detective works.

    I look forward to Freddie books as well.

  44. Yvette Recktenwald

    I just finished the tenth book, and was glad to have my suspicions confirmed as to their current origin. I would enjoy knowing the name of the author so I could track down her (just another suspicion) other work.

    Looking forward to more books with Freddie (and Barbara, I hope).

  45. Pat Atkin

    Well, I’ve just finished the last book, which of course I enjoyed, but also with a little sadness that it’s the last.
    I see my suspicions were correct!
    I am of course looking forward to the Freddie books, but perhaps Angela might make the odd appearance?
    Or even better some new adventures in America for Angela, aided and abetted by Barbara with perhaps you know who!

  46. Kathleen

    I have just found your books and I LOVE THEM! So witty and fun and so well written. I feel like I am there and just love the characters. Keep writing, you are so talented.

  47. Pat Atkin

    Hello Clara!
    I am right in the middle of the first Freddy Pilkington-Soames book which I am really enjoying (although I do miss Angela). Just one little thing I have spotted. There is mention of Freddy’s pocket book at one point at the story. This caused me to pause, because I had to think what a pocket book is. You see, that term isn’t used in the UK. In this case I think “wallet” would be the correct term to use. I don’t know if you live in the States or the UK, but I just thought I’d mention this, as it slightly spoils the authenticity of the story.

    • Clara Benson

      Hmm, that’s very interesting. Of course, I do my best to be accurate, so I’ve just looked it up again in the online Oxford English Dictionary. This, incidentally, is my first port of call for all the period language I use in my books, as it has handy timelines, and quotations from sources that show the earliest use of a particular word or phrase. I have the tab open all the time as I write, and refer to it constantly, and I did look up pocket book when I was writing Freddy, although I couldn’t remember what it said. According to the OED, a pocket book is ‘A pocket-sized folding case for holding banknotes, papers, etc.; a wallet. Now chiefly U.S.’ Looking down at the quotations given for its use, I can’t find one for the UK later than 1785! So while it obviously was used in Britain at one time, there’s a good chance the term had passed out of use by 1929. However, for some reason I still decided to use it – perhaps because I thought it sounded better. All this by way of saying that while it might have been a dubious judgment call, it was a conscious decision and not merely an oversight! Since in a manner of speaking I write in character when I’m writing as Clara Benson, we’ll just have to assume that Clara chooses to call it a pocket book for some reason best known to herself. 🙂

      Anyway, I’m glad you’re enjoying Freddy, and it’s nice to hear that readers really do care about the correct use of language in the books as much as I do. I put a lot of effort into getting it right, and I’m glad it’s appreciated, even if I don’t always get it exactly right.

  48. Pat Atkin

    Thanks for your reply Clara. I didn’t know it had been in use at one time in the UK, but I’ve only ever heard it used in American programmes or books. Another interesting one is “purse”. Seems to be used in the US for a handbag, where as a purse in the UK would be kept inside your handbag and might hold coins, notes and credit cards etc. Used much more for women than men.
    Have now finished the first Freddy book and very much enjoyed it. Looking forward to the next one!

    • Tom Johnson

      I am reading the Dorothy Sayers novel Have His Carcase, and she used the term “pocket book” referring to a man’s folding wallet put in his coat pocket that held bank notes, a photograph, and a letter. This story was written in 1929 I think, published in 1930 or so. I read a lot of Victorian and early 1900’s novels so I knew what the term referred to, having heard it before. These things must have been fairly large to hold several letters in envelopes and such items as described in these stories. And, the pockets in men’s coats must have been a lot larger than they are today.
      I’m looking forward to the next Freddy book too.

      • Clara Benson

        Thanks for that, Tom. And the plot thickens, because I see I called it a note-case in The Murder at Sissingham Hall. Keeping a “house style” is a complicated business! Anyway, it’s a long time since I read Have His Carcase. It’s probably about time I gave it a re-read, as I remember thinking it was one of the better Lord Peter mysteries.

      • Marjorie

        Re Pocket Book.
        My Dad, born in northern Ontario, Canada in 1911, always referred to his “wallet” as a pocketbook. As indeed it is, as it folds in half, like a book, and is carried in one’s pocket. I grew up in New England on the Connecticut shore were a ladies “purse” or “handbag” was/is also referred to as a “pocketbook” but has been bastardized into “Pocka-book “….

  49. Susan

    I am 3/4’s of the way thru book 10…..and in a state of panic that there isn’t a book 11-12-13 etc. to read…. hopefully they will be out soon. Please.

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