Trent's Last Case (Version 2)

Edmund Clerihew Bentley (1875 - 1956)

This is one of a series of EC Bentley novels featuring the highly erudite artist qua reporter / detective, Philip Trent.

In it, Trent is sent to a charming English seaside village to cover the murder of Sigsbee Manderson for a large London newspaper. The victim is an unpopular and extremely powerful financial tycoon, who is murdered virtually within sight of his own house, at a time when it seems impossible that anyone there – to say nothing of all of its more than half dozen inhabitants – could have failed to see or hear the crime being committed.

As Trent pokes around, attention is focused on Manderson’s extremely troubled marriage, not least because Trent himself falls in love with Margaret Manderson, the widow of the murdered man. At the same time, Trent himself considers her to be at least complicit in the crime for much of the novel. The plot cannot be described further without spoiling the punch-line, as it were. Indeed, to the really clever detective fiction-lover, this is already almost saying too much.

Trent’s Last Case was on the “ten best” list of Rex Stout, author of the famous Nero Wolfe mysteries. Like Stout, Bentley has a fondness for complex plot twists of the “boxes within boxes” variety. (Introduction by Kirsten Wever)

Genre(s): Detective Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Prologue Kirsten Wever
Play 01 Knocking The Town Endways Kirsten Wever
Play 02 Breakfast Kirsten Wever
Play 03 Handcuffs in the Air Kirsten Wever
Play 04 Poking About Kirsten Wever
Play 05 Mr. Bunner on the Case Kirsten Wever
Play 06 The Lady in Black Kirsten Wever
Play 07 The Inquest Kirsten Wever
Play 08 A Hot Scent Kirsten Wever
Play 09 The Wife of Dives Kirsten Wever
Play 10 "Hitherto Unpublished" Kirsten Wever
Play 11 Evil Days Kirsten Wever
Play 12 Eruption Kirsten Wever
Play 13 Writing A Letter Kirsten Wever
Play 14 Double Cunning Part 1 Kirsten Wever
Play 15 Double Cunning Part 2 Kirsten Wever
Play 16 The Last Straw Kirsten Wever