The Affair of the 39 Cufflinks (Burford Family Mysteries, #3) by James Anderson

The Affair of the 39 Cufflinks (Burford Family Mysteries, #3)

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 ...

Details The Affair of the 39 Cufflinks (Burford Family Mysteries, #3)

TitleThe Affair of the 39 Cufflinks (Burford Family Mysteries, #3)
Release DateFeb 1st, 2006
PublisherPoisoned Pen Press
GenreMystery, Crime, Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, European Literature, British Literature, Historical Mystery

Reviews The Affair of the 39 Cufflinks (Burford Family Mysteries, #3)

  • Li
    I wish James Anderson had written more than three books in this series!I loved the 1930s setting and the twisty plot - admittedly the ending didn't catch me by surprise as much as the previous book, but the numerous red herrings, the wonderful Wilkins, and the Earl of Burford and his entertaining family kept me happily occupied for a couple of hours.
  • Elizabeth
    The final installment of the Burford Family is as good as the first two. I am sorry that there are no more because I really enjoyed the characters, ambiance and for this one, just a teeny hint of a haunting by a beloved and favorite family member. More zany characters in the guise of family, and really, the crazy family members are the best. There are only three of these books due to the passing of the author. All around, a great read. I highly r...
  • Susan
    An expected death leads to murder in this enjoyable recreation of a Golden Age mystery with a sense of humor. Set in a country manor house and featuring a complicated family with myriad characters, the book comes with floor plans and a family tree to help the reader keep track.
  • Gerry
    The Burford family pile at Alderley is once again the setting for misdeeds. A funeral and the reading of a will bring a rather disparate selection of folk to Lord Burford's country estate.Everything starts off well but then things go downhill and after some threats are uttered at the will reading, a murder takes place. Chief Inspector Wilkins arrives, as usual, and after Lady Burford offers her apologies for having to call him once more he says, ...
  • Rebecca Tayles
    A thoroughly enjoyable detective murder mystery of the traditional variety - set in the 1930s, Lord Burford is playing host to some distant relatives after the funeral of Great Aunt Florrie. He's a little wary, because the last two times his family had houseguests people ended up dead and he had to call in Inspector Wilkins, but surely lightning couldn't strike three times...This book kept me guessing throughout, with multiple plot twists and red...
  • Richard Thomas
    As with the previous books this is a good page turner which gallops along well. The characters are nicely drawn with a good balance between the stereotypical British nobs of the 1930s and a dash of realism. Unlike the two previous books I did spot the murderer at the discovery of the body but it did not spoil my enjoyment of a rattling good read.
  • Davidg
    In some ways the best of the trilogy, as there are less complicated motives and people under false pretences. Instead we have the extended family arriving at Burford for a funeral and the reading of the will.He victim, as in all the books, is signalled early. Cleverly and sadly, the murderer is the one I had deepest sympathy for.
  • GeraniumCat
    James Anderson's three books about Inspector Wilkins and the Saunders family are fun - all in the country-house murder tradition (indeed, all in the same country-house). The blurb on the back has a nice quote from the author: "I prefer villains to be nice, refined people. The sort who quote Shakespeare and knock off their nearest and dearest between rubbers of bridge." Hear, hear!
  • Siria
    Not as complex or as tongue-in-cheek as the first two installments in this trilogy, The Affair of the Thirty Nine Cufflinks also commits the cardinal sin of the "murder in an English country house" genre: the identity of the murderer is obvious from the get-go.
  • Emg
    Always a good, fun read.
  • Bev
    The Affair of the 39 Cufflinks is the third in a series of country house mystery send-ups by James Anderson. Real Golden Age mystery fare with a humorous twist. Lord Burford has misgivings about his wife's planned house party. That's perfectly understandable. After all, during the last two country house gatherings there had been "unfortunate incidents"--that is to say, murders. Lavinia assures her husband that this time it's different. This time ...
  • John Marsh
    Understandably, Lord Burford had some misgivings about hosting another house party at Alderley, his beautiful country mansion. After all, the previous two could at best be described as disastrous. But with family members travelling down for a relative's funeral, the Earl really had no choice but to offer them accommodation.Who ever tires of the zany British country house murder?"But Lavinia, I don't want people staying here," said the Earl. "Afte...
  • Deborah
    I loved this book. It is the first book I have read by James Anderson and the third in a triology of books with the same detective. Unfortunately, the author has passed away so there won't be any more. I don't usually read the third book first, but this was the only one the library had.Anyway, the story takes place in England during the 1920s (?) back when they kept the telephone in a separate closet and everyone smoked. Most of the action takes ...
  • LJ
    THE AFFAIR OF THE 39 CUFFLINKS – VGJames Anderson – 3rd in seriesAlderley, the 17th-century country house of the Earl of Burford, provides the setting for Anderson's third 1930s madcap mystery (after The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg Cozy and The Affair of the Mutilated Mink). The somewhat batty earl is reluctant to open his house to visitors again, but his wife convinces him that this time will be different. The guests are coming only for o...
  • Jules Jones
    Third of the Alderley series. Once again a disparate group of people spend the weekend at Alderley, the country mansion of the Earl of Burford, and once again it leads to murder. This time it's for the funeral and will-reading of an elderly relative who has asked to be buried at Alderley. The second wife of Florrie's long-dead son feels entitled to the major share of the money after bringing up her orphaned stepdaughters. When she gets a delibera...
  • robyn
    I liked this book! After not caring for the first two at all. I'm going to have to give them another chance.I think the difference here is that Cufflinks was given the Agatha Christie treatment, starting out by introducing us to each of the suspects in turn, letting us see them in their own environment, their problems and characters on display, before throwing them all together. Uniting feature was a will reading, another Christie classic, and of...
  • Roberta
    This is the first book I have read by James Anderson. I don't usually read the third book first, but I didn't know that it was last in the series when I bought it at the library sale. The Affair of the 39 Cufflinks is a send-up of a British country house murder mystery. It took me a while to get the characters sorted out until I gave them nicknames of P.G. Wodehouse characters (blatantly obvious since Tommy is compared to Bertie Wooster and Wodeh...
  • Anton
    This is my fist James Anderson book, and was recommended becuase James Anderson writes in the style of Agatha Christie. The start, middle were really well written the way events occured before the murder kept you interested through the whole start and middle. I did think James Anderson had a few too many characters in the book, but still really enjoyable. The end just kept on going and got really boring after a while. If the end was cut in half, ...
  • Richard
    It's hard for me to review this book fairly, given that I waited about thirty years to read it! I loved Anderson's Affair of the Mutilated Mink, and kept an eye out for a sequel for many years... but I gave up long before 2006, when the third book was finally published. (I have a feeling it was written back in the day, but rejected by the publisher for some reason.)Anyway, I'm glad I found it, and it's delightful. Our third visit to Adderley seem...
  • Katy
    Yes, I did get these last 3 in an omnibus edition! The Earl of Burford reluctantly agrees to host another house party, after the last 2 ended in murder. But surely the reading of Great Aunt Flossie's will to a few distant relatives can't cause any problems... I wish the author had written a few more of these - you've got interesting, well drawn characters, and delightfully convoluted mysteries, in a setting reminiscent of Downton Abbey! I think t...
  • Karen
    So much fun. This is the last of 3 books about Inspector Wilkins ("I'm not sanguine, not sanguine at all") and the manor house at Alderley. Anderson is witty, tongue in cheek (two sisters named Agatha and Dorothy, for instance), and he obviously had a fantastic time writing the series.This one may not be quite up to the first two (the culprit is somewhat easy to deduce, even if the "how" isn't), but it's still an enjoyable read from start to fini...
  • Sarah
    Even though his last two parties ended in murder, the Earl of Burford reluctantly opens his stately home once more to an assortment of distant cousins attending his great aunt’s funeral. After the will is read, a slighted beneficiary declares her intent to ruin all of them, then is killed. Baffling incidents abound, such as thirty-nine scattered cufflinks, stolen toothpaste, and a poltergeist. Luckily, the incomparable (though never sanguine) I...
  • Aileen
    I'm listening to this on audio book and really enjoying it. It captures the Agatha Christie flavour without the self-consciousness of a lot of other imitators. It has humour and style. Not regretting spending the money. will be looking out for more James Anderson in the future.I've now finished it and loved it. A fun mystery, good characters, nice light touch! I'd recommend it to any Christie fans.
  • Jennie
    While I enjoyed this third (and, I think, final) installment of the Burford mysteries, for me it lacked the tongue-in-cheek quality of the first two that made them so fun to read. There's even another theatre friend posing as another dead relative, a plot point that figured heavily in the second book. I'm also sorry to say I figured out whodunnit fairly quickly. Still, for what these books are, they're well done and I'm sorry to see them end.
  • Kristen Kurzawski
    The poor family at Alderly has another house party to host the out of town guests from a family member's funeral. As one might expect, this party ends in murder too. This book is funny, intriguing, and clever. The servants and inspector Wilkins get better with every book. Also, the characters talk continuously about the absurdity of all of these house parties ending in murder, and that just lends to the humor of the story. I really wish there wer...
  • Jenn Estepp
    I liked the other books in his series much more, but am glad to have read it. Still somewhat witty and clever mystery, but our grumpy detective seems more subdued and I sussed things out pretty quickly. When it took the key players much longer to do so, I was a bit annoyed by them. And, I thought some of the players and moves in this reveal were a bit too stock and less interesting than I would've liked.
  • Stacey
    I really enjoyed the first couple of Burford Family mysteries. I liked this one for the time period and the location it takes place in. However, I don't think the mystery was plotted as well as the others. The author set it up so plenty of the guests had reasons to be the killer, but there were enough clues early on that I guessed who had "done it" before I was halfway through the book. I don't think that this book in the series is as good as the...
  • Trish
    This was an easy light read. Nothing extremely enticing or boring - just an average book. It would be a good beach read or something to tuck in between a couple heavy literary works. Would not have been a book I would have selected, had it not been a read for a book club. I found the characters overly dramatic and somewhat unbelievable, but that may have been the point of the book. I have not read any other works by James Anderson.
  • J.P. Paradise
    Well written and very witty for the most part. The first two-thirds of the book, the build up to the denouement, were splendid but the wrapping up was lengthy and, if I'm honest, a bit dull and far-fetched. I think most readers will have twigged who the guilty party was fairly early on. Even after the crime is solved and arrests made the story keeps going making one wonder what on earth for. Good, but not great.
  • Tom
    This is a typical 1930s lighthearted British murder mystery. The writing was competent and the characters interesting. The murderer was easy to determine but the side mysteries were harder to explain until the end and the most fun. The beginning was somewhat drawn out; murder occurred around page 150.