The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkeley

The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkeley

Competition published on October 7, 2016.

Graham and Joan Bendix have apparently succeeded in making that eighth wonder of the modern world, a happy marriage. And into the middle of it there drops, like a clap of thunder, a box of chocolates. Joan Bendix is killed by a poisoned box of liqueur chocolates that cannot have been intended for her to eat. The police investigation rapidly reaches a dead end. Chief Inspector Moresby calls on Roger Sheringham and his Crimes Circle – six amateur but intrepid detectives – to consider the case. The evidence is laid before the Circle and the members take it in turn to offer a solution. Each is more convincing than the last, slowly filling in the pieces of the puzzle, until the dazzling conclusion.

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**We have 6 copies of The Poisoned Chocolates Case to give away – scroll down for your chance to win!**


The British Library Crime Classics series is delighted to announce the publication of The Poisoned Chocolates Case, a classic novel from the 1920s by Anthony Berkeley that has been revived and released for a new generation of crime classic aficionados.

Although widely acclaimed as one of the best British crime stories of all time, the novel has been out of print for decades – until now. Agatha Christie says of Berkeley “All his stories are amusing, intriguing, and he is a master of the final twist.” Of The Poisoned Chocolates Case, Julian Symons described it as “One of the most stunning trick stories in the history of detective fiction.”

This special edition will feature a new solution to the mystery, authored by Martin Edwards, crime fiction expert, as well as an additional solution to the mystery by American novelist Christianna Brand, never before published in the UK.

It is the latest in a series of rediscovered crime classics published by the British Library that has rekindled the nation’s love of elegant detective fiction from the first half of the 20th century.

The publication of The Poisoned Chocolates Case will be followed by the release of Crimson Snow, a dozen vintage crime stories that have been edited by the pre-eminent crime fictionCrimson Snow, ed. Martin Edwards expert and writer Martin Edwards. He has curated and introduced a selection of seasonal mysteries, bringing his expertise to bear on rare and better-known tales.


To celebrate the publication of the latest in the Crime Classics series, this autumn the British Library shop will be transformed into the set of a 1930s country house, filled with sophisticated gifts with a dash of the macabre. The shop will open on 14 October 2016.


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The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkeley, published on 10 October, 2016 by The British Library Publishing Division in paperback at £8.99
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