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Summary

Investigating the disappearance of a vicar's daughter in London, the popular novelist and amateur detective Roger Sheringham is shocked to discover that the girl is already dead, found hanging from a screw by her own silk stocking. Reports of similar deaths across the capital strengthen his conviction that this is no suicide cult but the work of a homicidal maniac out for vengeance - a desperate situation requiring desperate measures.

Having established Roger Sheringham as a brilliant but headstrong young sleuth who frequently made mistakes, trusted the wrong people and imbibed considerable liquid refreshment, Anthony Berkeley took his controversial character into much darker territory with The Silk Stocking Murders, a sensational novel about gruesome serial killings by an apparent psychopath bent on targeting vulnerable young women.

©1928 Anthony Berkeley (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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''Anthony Berkeley is the supreme master not of the "twist" but of the "double-twist." (Milward Kennedy in the Sunday Times)

What listeners say about The Silk Stocking Murders: A Detective Story Club Classic Crime Novel (The Detective Club)

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the warning was spot on... but a good yarn.

i enjoyed the storyline .... the stories are clever little to no bad language, no sexual innuendo... enjoyed it but...the racial views...though I know were true to the time, grated a little. however, at least the villain was not painted as Fagin .... and he was given the status of being an interesting study...I suppose that statement was radical for the time so credit where its due....having said all that it is a good listen.

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Not a very exciting novel.

Berkeley is a master of English language. The story has an interesting start. However, what kills the emotion is that the pace is too slow. Endless dialogues where nothing is really important or makes a contribution to solve the case. Nothing happens until you reach the last chapters. I felt asleep several times.

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Not one of his best

Not good for me seemed to drag out the story casting was good so I will leave it there.

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Not my favourite

I like the narrator, but found the story a little tedious. Glad to have finished so I can listen to something else.