Death in Naples

By Agate Tricksie

Crime & mystery | Paperback, eBook


The book uses the crime/mystery genre as a foil to parody the prudery and self-deception of the detective novels of the last mid-century where there are no men having sex with men, or women with women. The Old lady from the English Village is really an interfering busybody with a narrow worldview and seething with race and class stereotypes and prejudices. Her nephew is gay as Mardi Gras but she has no clue. The European Detective, a fuss-budget dandy, lives with a man in a homosexual relationship. Miss Marmores is invited to go to Naples with her nephew Hilary who is on an assignment to interview Fidel D’ore, an American writer. Ulysses Papagayo, the famous detective, also arrives at Naples for a holiday with Contessa Tocconini. At tea one afternoon, at Mrs. Sinclair-Howick, the Vicar of the Anglican Church of Naples, Rev. Meredith Joist, keels over his teacup and Dr. Marylene pronounces him dead. Miss Marmores suspects murder and goes to investigate the next day. Everyone at tea at Mrs. Sinclair-Howick is suspected including Ernesto the butler and Luigi the gardener. However, Rev. Joist only had a near death experience. He wakes up in the hospital and is soon out and about and born again. Three days later, at tea at Contessa Tocconini, Mrs. Sinclair-Howick has a heart attack and is pronounced dead. No one suspects foul play. In the last two chapters Mrs. Sinclair-Howick’s past is revealed. The murderer also reminisces the past and how the murder was pulled off.


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The book uses the crime/mystery genre as a foil to parody the prudery and self-deception of the detective novels of the last mid-century where there are no men having sex with men, or women with women. The Old lady from the English Village is really an interfering busybody with a narrow worldview and seething with race and class stereotypes and prejudices. Her nephew is gay as Mardi Gras but she has no clue. The European Detective, a fuss-budget dandy, lives with a man in a homosexual relationship. Miss Marmores is invited to go to Naples with her nephew Hilary who is on an assignment to interview Fidel D’ore, an American writer. Ulysses Papagayo, the famous detective, also arrives at Naples for a holiday with Contessa Tocconini. At tea one afternoon, at Mrs. Sinclair-Howick, the Vicar of...


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Agate Tricksie, crime novelist, romance writer and playwright, lives in Surrey with her three cats, two Labradors, a pony and Frederika (Freddie) Cairy-Hunt, her amanuensis. She is a keen gardener and loves long walks in the country. She is also an avid traveller and has been spotted in many locations that also feature in her novels. Agate also writes literary fiction under the name of S. Giga Patney.




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