Trent’s Last Case

Trent’s Last Case
E. C. Bentley

What a curious book: both Trent’s first (published) case and his last; a pioneering work that inaugurated the Golden Age of detective fiction with an archetypal English country house mystery as well as a send-up of the same. My hunch is that Bentley meant the whole thing, including the really good parts (like the opening chapter), as a joke. And just how did he want us to read the ending? Surely another revelation awaits. If I were Trent I wouldn’t sleep too soundly on my honeymoon.