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Read online The Act of Roger Murgatroyd: An Entertainment.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Act of Roger Murgatroyd: An Entertainment Boxing Day circa A snowed in manor on the very edge of Dartmoor A Christmas house party And overhead in the attic the dead body of Raymond Gentry gossip columnist and blackmailer shot through the heart But the attic door is locked from the inside its sole window is traversed by thick iron bars and naturally there is no sign of a murderer or a murder weapon Fortunately though for the murderer unfortunately one of the guests is the formidable Evadne Mount the bestselling author of countless classic whodunits In fact were she not its presiding sleuth THE ACT OF ROGER MURGATROYD is exactly the type of whodunit she herself might have written by Gilbert Adair

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The Act of Roger Murgatroyd: An Entertainment
Title:The Act of Roger Murgatroyd: An Entertainment
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Number of Pages:286
Category:Mystery, Crime, Fiction, British literature
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An isolated cottage deep in the heart of the Cotswolds A writer s den as dusty gloomy and full of exotic objets d art as the cell of a medieval monk Two men sit opposite each other one of them talking the other typing But why in such already sombre surroundings does one of the two men wear thick dark glasses What is the other typing so industriously and so apparently imperturbably Why is the light left on in an unoccupied bathroom What is the precise significance of the jigsaw puzzle laid out on the study table Why too are some of its pieces missing Whose statue actually stands on the empty plinth in Trafalgar Square Who or what above all is causing an unearthly shadow to fall across these two inextricably interwoven destinies br br With an atmosphere of eerie morbidity reminiscent of Poe Hoffmann and even Stephen King and an eleventh hour double whammy of a twist of which Agatha Christie herself would have been envious Gilbert Adair s novel one which for a reason it would be unpardonable to divulge in advance the reader hears rather than reads is one of his most brilliant, Gilbert Adair s novel is set in Paris in the spring of The city is beginning to emerge from hibernation and an obscure spirit of social and political renewal is in the air Yet Th o his twin sister Isabelle and Matthew an American student they have befriended think only of immersing themselves in another addictive form of hibernation moviegoing at the Cin math que Fran aise Night after night they take their place beside their fellow cinephiles in the very front row of the stalls and feast insatiably off the images that flicker across the vast white screen br br Denied their nightly fix when the French government suddenly orders the Cin math que s closure Th o Isabelle and Matthew gradually withdraw into a hermetically sealed world of their own creation an airless universe of obsessive private games ordeals humiliations and sexual jousting which finds them shedding their clothes and their inhibitions with equal abandon A vertiginous free fall interrupted only and tragically when the real world outside their shuttered apartment succeeds at last in encroaching on their delirium br br The study of a triangular relationship whose perverse eroticism contrives nevertheless to conserve its own bruised purity brilliant in its narrative invention and startling in ints imagery strong The Dreamers strong now a film by Bernardo Bertolucci belongs to the romantic French tradition of strong Les Enfants Terribles strong and strong Le Grand Meaulnes strong and resembles no other work in recent British fiction, Boxing Day circa A snowed in manor on the very edge of Dartmoor A Christmas house party And overhead in the attic the dead body of Raymond Gentry gossip columnist and blackmailer shot through the heart But the attic door is locked from the inside its sole window is traversed by thick iron bars and naturally there is no sign of a murderer or a murder weapon Fortunately though for the murderer unfortunately one of the guests is the formidable Evadne Mount the bestselling author of countless classic whodunits In fact were she not its presiding sleuth THE ACT OF ROGER MURGATROYD is exactly the type of whodunit she herself might have written, Gideon is a lonely horny young Englishman who arrives in Paris to take up a teaching post in the local Berlitz and becomes increasingly fascinated by the intoxicating atmosphere of erotic banter and bragging in the school s all male and virtually all gay common room The moment has surely arrived for him too to overcome his own chronic timidity and actually do what he has only ever dared fantasize about Yet Gideon has a secret one he is prepared to share with nobody but the reader a secret he is finally obliged to confront with surprising results