Review: The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy

The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy is the perfect read for everyone who is feeling nostalgic for the classic whodunits. Anderson has created a pastiche of Golden Age detective stories, combining all the necessary ingredients for a classic mystery: An estate in the country, an unexpected guest, a secret passage and the gathering of all suspects for the revelation of the murderer.

Like in any good Agatha Christie mystery, there´s a cast of characters and a map of the estate provided, and it does come in handy while trying to keep track of the many characters and their movements (especially at night). Anderson´s approach is of course tongue-in-cheek but while he pokes fun at the classic whodunit, he does so with good humor and it shows clearly that he himself was a fan of the genre.

After the weekend party at the Burford family estate turns into murder and mayhem, and everything than can happen has happened, Anderson introduces his detective, Inspector Wilkins. Wilkins wants to make it clear that he is no Poirot:

`Don´t expect me to solve anything´

is the first thing he says as he is asked to investigate. Obviously, with the theft of a diamond necklace, antique pistols, a Texan millionaire, secret agents, and a body in the lake, one can empathize with Wilkins´ feelings.

The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy is fast-paced, with wonderful characters and a great many twists and turns, and really the only thing one could fault Anderson with is that perhaps he was having a bit too much fun and put in too many characters and plot devices. But since I was having a blast, I won´t complain. I´ve been looking for Christie-like mysteries for a long time, and it feels like Anderson could relate and chose to recreate the Golden Age detective story in his own book.

The great thing is that this book is the first in a trilogy. All three books have been republished as paperbacks by Allison & Busby with wonderful vintage covers.

So if you´re a fan of the classic whodunnit, look no further. And yes, there really is a bloodstained egg cosy! 🙂

15 thoughts on “Review: The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cosy

    1. I know, it´s one of the craziest titles I´ve ever heard of, but it´s till an excellent mystery despite the fun 🙂

  1. That is a wonderful review! It is a bit brief than your normal reviews but it is glowing – I am going to the bookstore tomorrow and try to get this book 🙂 I love the fact that Anderson pays homage to the classic whodunits in this book and tries to recreate that atmosphere in this book. I loved Inspector Wilkins’ first line 🙂 I also love the fact that this book is the first part of a trilogy – more treats await readers!

    1. Haha, I know, it´s a bit on the short side. But between just enjoying this book and it being a mystery, I did not know what else to write 🙂

      Hope your bookstore can get it for you, I think you´d enjoy it (and it looks really good on the shelf 🙂 ).

        1. I really hope you´ll enjoy it. Although I´m never sure what mysteries to recommend to you as you´re such an expert! 🙂

  2. This sounds like complete fun! I love a classic whodunit and would gladly give over a couple of hours to it 😀 Great review!

  3. The vintage covers definitely makes it appealing. I only wish some others would consider applying that rule since there have been some horror covers out there. Horror covers refers to “too embarrassed to be seen reading” in the metro, bus or anywhere! Yes those romance covers are downright embarrassing at times but the outcome is oh so delicious. ;P

    Glad to hear that this book with many characters and action paced plot kept you plummeted into thick of the story. Agatha Christie’s resemblances are no doubt a good indication of a good read.

    I like a good read and will put this one on TBR list next.

    1. Oh, I know! Some covers suck. But at least books in English have usually great covers, over here, not so much. German books always look boring and intellectual.

      Have you seen these book covers that you can out over embarassing books, so that everyone in the metro thinks you´re reading Moby Dick or something? You might want to get one of those 😉

  4. Ooo this sounds a hoot must pop this my on my TBR list so when I am allowed to get more books (my TBR shelf is stacked lol) then I will remember. I’m in the mood for a crime/mystery. Have recently requested Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death at the library and am now waiting patiently 😀

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