On a fine autumn weekend, Lord Aveling hosts a hunting party at his country house, Bragley Court. Among the guests are an actress, a journalist, an artist, and a mystery novelist. The unlucky thirteenth is John Foss, injured at the local train station and brought to the house to recuperate – but John is nursing a secret of his own.
Soon events take a sinister turn when a painting is mutilated, a dog stabbed, and a man strangled. Death strikes more than one of the house guests, and the police are called. Detective Inspector Kendall’s skills are tested to the utmost as he tries to uncover the hidden past of everyone at Bragley Court.
Falling from a train John Foss is ‘rescued’ and taken to the magnificent Bragley Court by the beautiful widow Nadine Leveridge.
Owned by Lord and Lady Aveling, Bragley Court is playing host to a number of guests, of which John is the thirteenth.
Written in 1936 Thirteen Guests is a rather fabulous old fashioned read. A mystery, crime drama that is like watching an old Agatha Christie tale.
With a ruined painting, a dead dog and a murder, Thirteen Guests is a quaint novel. Each characters evolves fantastically. Even the Chinese chef gets to tell how he has ‘a velly bad pain’.
It is a story that keeps you guessing, and keeps the reader very entertained.