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A successful painter, he is by no means arty, and despite a love of poetry, he has the enviable knack of getting along with all sorts of people. He was the ideal young Englishman of his day and remains remarkably credible still. Contribution • Vivid, enduring character, not to be confused with caricature, is rare in crime fiction, where it is so often cramped by the machinery of the plot; mystery, too, to the practiced reader becomes anything but insoluble. In Philip Trent, however, E. C. Bentley created a memorable companion, and in Trent’s Last Case (1913, revised 1929), the first book in which Trent appeared, he devised a plot of successive thrilling denouements and an ending quite impossible to foresee.
C. ” In Watteau’s Shepherds: The Detective Novel in Britain, 1914-1940. Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1979. Malcolm Winton Anthony Berkeley Anthony Berkeley Anthony Cox Born: Watford, Hertfordshire, England; July 5, 1893 Died: London, England; March 9, 1971 Also wrote as • A. B. Cox • Francis Iles • A. Monmouth Platts Types of plot • Amateur sleuth • inverted • psychological • thriller Principal series • Roger Sheringham, 1925-1945 • Ambrose Chitterwick, 1929-1937.
The popular appeal of crime writing relies on the author’s ability to make the reader care about what happens next. Bentley achieves this by careful E. C. Bentley 27 plotting and by making people and events interesting in themselves. Bentley’s engineering was always too solid to need passages of violent action or Chandler’s remedy for an ailing plot—having somebody come through the door with a gun. ” Bentley was nevertheless a product of his background in attitude to servants. A manservant must instantly recognize a gentleman and address him with a subtly different deference from that with which he would address a detective.
100 Masters of Mystery and Detective Fiction (Magill's Choice) by Fiona Kelleghan (ed.)