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Still wondering whether these cosy mysteries are really for you..?


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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun summer read July 1, 2013

By Sherry

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This is the second in the series of the arm chair detective books. No one is actually killed in this mystery. It is a book about a man named Old Tom who never leaves his arm chair and uses his deductive reasoning skills to help a young man named Trench to solve a mystery. This is an enjoyable read that can be read in a sitting or two for those who like to read mysteries.


3.0 out of 5 stars The Armchair Detective January 20, 2014

By Monika Peters  

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Hard to get through in play form. I spent most of my time ticked off bouncing back and forth from Trench to Old Tom and it drove me crazy! The story is good I just wish the author had presented it that way (as a novel) or it was on stage like "Our Town" or something.


5.0 out of 5 stars Great detective story in play form January 18, 2014

By maureen crane  

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Quirky enjoyable detective Idea - Central character Tom - I want to learn more about him.

great story in interesting play form.

5.0 out of 5 stars The Armchair Dectective 28 Dec 2010


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What an excellent script loved it. Has this been on the BBC not seen or heard it, it should be

4.0 out of 5 stars The Armchair Detective at Christmas December 28, 2013

By Sherry  

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A detective named Trench is hired by a department store to figure out who is trying to put a stop to holiday sales by jamming the door to the first floor of the department store closed and by planting a firecracker and causing a bomb scare. The armchair detective named Old Tom figure out who did it by details that Trench tells him while Old Tom is sitting in his armchair eating stale mince pie. No one was killed in this book. It was a good afternoon read. I would recommend this book to others to read.

4.0 out of 5 stars A good read. 3 Aug 2014

By Vulpitza  

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A good freebie. Short and easy to read in one go. Be prepared for the layout of the story as a screenplay. Old Tom helps Trench to solve the mystery around Mayflower Court Flats.

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Five Stars

By Tabitha Morgan on July 13, 2015

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A dear, sweat story, wish it were longer, the plot could have played out longer.

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Dec 28, 2014 Elaine White rated it it was amazing


Really love a good whodunit. Though it's not a murder mystery, it's a great mystery book, told in play form. It feels like a really well written throwback to the days of An Inspector Calls and such. Very enjoyable.

4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery or a farce - you decide.

ByKrystynaon 8 November 2017

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Written in the form of a play. Actually works better as a farce. Although there are no descriptions you still manage to build a picture in your mind of what the characters look like from the dialogue. A interesting concept but will probably not be for the majority of readers.


Four Stars

By miminanny on June 17, 2015

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It is a neat story.

4 out of 5 stars Don Sheppard 2 December 2016


The armchair detective 'the pilot' What's the literary term for cute? 'cause that's the word that comes to mind; quick, humorous and cute. Refreshing to be entertained without a lot of gratuitous profanity and with just a bit of risqué dialogue. Looking forward to more..

The Armchair Detective 5 out of 5 stars

by Lucia Jordon 


Love the quirky style of IAN Shimwells writing. The plot twists and turns.

A great read

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