Escapade

Escapade Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle team up to solve the ultimate locked room whodunit in this brilliant comic novel that s also a traditional mystery by the author of The Hanged Man Mr Sattert

  • Title: Escapade
  • Author: Walter Satterthwait
  • ISBN: 9780312130688
  • Page: 436
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle team up to solve the ultimate locked room whodunit, in this brilliant comic novel that s also a traditional mystery, by the author of The Hanged Man Mr Satterthwait writes in a bright, satirical style New York Times Book Review.

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    1. I wanted to like this book more. Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle teaming up to solve a locked-door mystery set during a weekend house party? What's not to love? But the noir-ish tone and pacing seemed to jar with the period setting, and distracted me from the otherwise engaging story.

    2. This was really a great read, laugh out loud funny in places but very well written. An English murder mystery set in 1921 featuring Harry Houdini, his "secretary" and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle along with an interesting cast of characters gathered over an August weekend to attend a seance.

    3. Harry Houndini steuert einen schweren Lancia wagemutig durch die Landschaft von Devon. Neben ihm sein Sekretär Phil Beaumont, der verständlicherweise Angst hat, den Landsitz von Lady und Sir Purleigh nicht mehr lebend zu sehen. Dabei ist das ein interessantes Ziel, treffen sich dort doch am Wochenende 13 Gäste, um an einer Séance teilzunehmen. Houdini will das Medium als Schwindlerin entlarven, das vom berühmten Schriftsteller Sir Arthur Conan Doyle mitgebracht wird. Doch bereits lange zuvo [...]

    4. Masquerade, the sequel to this book, is quite good. I know, I probably should have read this book first, but the book store didn't have it in stock. A couple dollars of Ebaying later, I got my paws on this book and decided to rectify the situation. Escapade feels just a bit looser than its sequel; you can tell that Satterthwait wasn't quite as sure of his characters. Nevertheless, it's a fun romp that I very much enjoyed. Phil is guarding Harry Houdini from a crazed rival magician named Chin Soo [...]

    5. The premise of this book seems to be essentially impossible to pull off: an English country house mystery, mostly narrated in the voice of a Philip Marlowe-esque Pinkerton op, featuring Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle, seasoned with a dash of the gothic in the form of ghosts and the epistolary intrusions of a plucky young heroine. I love Chandler and I have an unhealthy weakness for the gothic, so I was bound to be delighted or very disappointed. I was delighted. Satterthwait pulls off Chan [...]

    6. This book was very funny. It was told from two perspectives. One was a direct, first person account from Phil (the character accompanying Houdini). The other was told through the letters of another character, Jane, the paid companion of one of the aristocratic ladies. Between the two of them, the relevant events are covered. The mystery itself is fairly clever and not easy to guess, but it's the characters that really make the story, particularly Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle, but especia [...]

    7. "Eskapaden" hat mich nicht ganz so unterhalten wie Satterthwaits "Miss Lizzy" und es dauerte etwas, bis ich in die Geschichte reinkam, aber Harry Houdini hat mich mit seiner schrulligen Art bei der Stange gehalten. Der Hausherr ging mir bisweilen auf die Nerven, aber mir gefielen die verschiedenen Charaktere, die jeder für sich skurill und einzigartig waren. Und immerhin bin ich auf einen Teil der Lösung vor Ende gekommen.

    8. Although this book is really not about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini solving a murder (it's about Houdini and his bodyguard, Phil Beaumont solving the case), it's still a highly enjoyable read that had me guessing right up until the ending revelations. Doyle does play a part, but the leading roles are Houdini and Beaumont, the latter proving to be a most likable character.Great novel with an intricate mystery I highly enjoyed!

    9. ESCAPADE - VGSatterthwait, Walter - 1st in Escapade seriesHired to guard Harry Houdini from a rival magician's death threats, Phil Beaumont finds his hands full at a stately country home where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is among the guests and the host is found murdered.Very literate and entertaining.

    10. I didn't finish this book. I picked it up because Doyle is a character in the mystery, and that sounded interesting. But I just couldn't get into the book. I found Houdini off-putting and none of the other characters appealed to me. I didn't even make it to the murder.

    11. I reread this book. I enjoyed it as much as I did the first time I read it several years ago. I love getting the story from both Phil's narration and Jane's letters. And it is a little kick to have real people in the book (Houdini, Conan Doyle) doing fictional things.

    12. Hard to pick favorite between Phil, Jane and Harry Houdini. Oh who am I kidding, there is no one greater than Harry Houdini, he'll tell you so himself.

    13. Charming. First in series. Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are guests at a huge country estate when there is a suspicious death and several murder attempts.

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