THE AFFAIR OF THE 39 CUFFLINKS by JAMES ANDERSON
Who ever tires of the zany British country house
murder? "But Lavinia, I don't want people staying here,"
said the Earl. "After the last two house parties, we agreed
no more." "This wouldn't be a house party, George, it's
nine guests for one night." "But the last two times we've
had people here it's been disastrous." "This is quite
different. These people are family, not spies and jewel
thieves and blackmailers and film stars. And when one
occupies an historic house such as Alderley, one cannot
shut its doors, because of a few unfortunate incidents."
Lord Burford's misgivings were understandable. After all,
the "unfortunate incidents" had been murders. But these
people were travelling a long way for the funeral of an
elderly relative. There was nowhere else for them to stay
in the village, so the Earl really had to offer them
accommodations at Alderley, the Burfords' Carolean mansion.
Things started to go wrong when one of guests claimed she
had knowledge that would ruin the others' reputations. But
nobody took that seriously. Until, that is, she was found
murdered... Lord Burford had never been so relieved as when
Chief Inspector Wilkins arrived. Again! The Affair of the
39 Cuff Links, lighthearted sequel to The Affair of the
Bloodstained Egg Cosy and The Affair of the Mutilated Mink,
delighfully captures the atmosphere of the 1930s country-
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