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From the author of The Gone-Away World and the forthcoming Angelmaker—an exhilarating espionage murder-mystery eShort. There has been a strange death in the quiet village of Shrewton: old Donny Caspian has lost his head. In the Copper Kettle tea rooms, Tom Rice, a junior nobody from the Treasury, puzzles over the details of the case. He has been sent by his superiors to ovFrom the author of The Gone-Away World and the forthcoming Angelmaker—an exhilarating espionage murder-mystery eShort. There has been a strange death in the quiet village of Shrewton: old Donny Caspian has lost his head. In the Copper Kettle tea rooms, Tom Rice, a junior nobody from the Treasury, puzzles over the details of the case. He has been sent by his superiors to oversee the investigation, but is he supposed to help or hinder? At the next table, octogenarian superspy Edie Banister nibbles a slice of cake and struggles not to become Miss Marple. But what is the connection between the two? Who killed Donny Caspian, and why? Taking in Rice's present and Edie's daring past, from duels on shipboard to death in back alleys, “Edie Investigates” is a superb short story from the incomparable Nick Harkaway.   Also included with this short, the first chapter of Nick Harkaway's long-awaited new novel Angelmaker....

Title : Edie Investigates
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ISBN : 9780307961679
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Number of Pages : 60 Pages
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Edie Investigates Reviews

  • ᴥ Irena ᴥ
    2019-01-23 04:58

    4.5The plot: a civil servant Tom Rice is sent to deal with a murder of an old banker. He is told that 'died from natural causes' cause of death would be preferable. The problem is 'Tom Rice had never seen anything so blatantly unnatural in his life.' At the same time Edie arrives to investigate. The strength of this story is not the actual mystery (at least not for those who know who Edie Banister is and what she was). It is in its dark humour, the depiction of the society and, well, Edie. I love the humour and the writing.I already know from Angelmaker who Edie is, but that isn't necessary to enjoy this story. If you read this before Angelmaker you'll not be surprised by some of the things that happen there. This story takes place before the events in Angelmaker but they are not connected except for the fact that Edie is a former British spy. She is eighty years old and still dangerous, capable and smart as ever.

  • Helen Callaghan
    2019-02-01 07:06

    This is a review issued with a warning - I enjoyed this a great deal, but it clearly exists as part of the larger context of the author's novel Angelmaker (the first chapter of which is included along with the story), and which I haven't yet read. I'm not entirely sure Edie Investigates works in a straightforward way as a piece of stand alone fiction, more as a piece of meta around the novel, like an iTunes Extra.That said, there was a lot to love here (four stars worth, in fact) - the description of young Edie's descent to Fender's Hollow is magical, as is its sequel, the scene on the ship (adored the meditation on the uses of "simpering"). It comes complete with some rather beautiful lines - I particularly loved Edie's "A fate worse than death - at last." Can't wait to get stuck into the novel. I got very excited after reading Harkaway's "The Gone-Away World" and on this showing "Angelmaker" also looks likely to offer superior pleasures once I make the time to enjoy them. In the meantime, "Edie Investigates" bridged a gap, and for 99p on the Kindle was a very worthwhile diversion.

  • Lee Broderick
    2019-02-11 06:02

    I stumbled across this after hearing about Angelmaker, an interesting sounding book by a Cornish author. Then this - a short story featuring one of the same characters, surely an easy introduction to his writing?I should have been worried by the author's confession that this was his publisher's idea, and I was prepared to cut it a little slack because of that. It overcame it's tawdry origins magnificently though.A short, sharp, funny story that comes across like Douglas Adams writing Miss Marple, I'll certainly be following this up with Angelmaker, and then maybe Nick Harkaway's other book too.

  • Jen
    2019-02-13 06:46

    Having already read Angelmaker, I am well acquainted with Edie. I was so happy to read a little side story and spend a little more time in her brilliant,cooky mind. This little gem takes you on a ride, going wherever the stream takes you next. I enjoyed the lack of typical transitions and just went with it, always getting lost in the story again only to be led somewhere else. Yes, we would have liked to have more at the ending; but Nick Harkaway is such a talented author that I believe we will always be wanting more no matter.

  • Grillo
    2019-02-15 07:02

    It's been a while since i've read Nick Harkaway and it's not really like anything else out there, i should have known but yet again i wasn't ready. Edie investigates is a short story bursting at the seams with writing thick and juicy, every little aside is so chock full of details and colour that it's easy to get sidetracked and lost into the side stories.The first chapter of Angelmaker though is on another level altogether, lighter, more direct and yet at the same time even more complex, impeccably written. Harkaway is that kind of writer that busts out the word propinquity without breaking a sweat, and when you read that sentence once again it becomes apparent that no other word would have sufficed there.

  • Christopher Litsinger
    2019-02-11 04:00

    After reading Angelmaker I thought I'd read this novella. It failed to live up to the quality of either Angelmaker or The Gone-Away-World.I am a bit curious if I had read it before Angelmaker if I would have liked it more (as perhaps in some ways it stands as a tease to the Novel) or if it would have turned me off the novel altogether.I suppose I'm glad I read it after, just in case.

  • Michele
    2019-02-04 06:48

    Great, short read about one of my favorite characters in Anglemaker. It almost feels like that first chapter in a new adventure. (One can only hope!)

  • Sho
    2019-02-19 08:07

    A very short story set before the events of Angelmaker. A bit of fun.

  • Ana María
    2019-01-27 06:59

    "One hundred years after a primitive missile composed of wood and goosefeathers and capped with a metallic blade transfixed the brain of Harold Godwinson and announced the success of the Norman Conquest—but five hundred years before a young bisexual man obsessed with witches and demons acceded to the thrones of England and Scotland and commissioned a bible which (all evidence to the contrary) many still insist is the unaltered word of God—a hunter named Simon Sharrow was struck by a bolt of lightning and rendered unconscious for nine days." (A sentence which rendered me an instant Harkaway fan...) Also, must have more Edie! So on to the next one...

  • S
    2019-02-05 04:07

    Was happy to find my library carried this short as an e-book!Was sad that it was, indeed, quite short.This seemed more like a teaser for Angelmaker (which is a great book) than actually a stand-alone. I did appreciate some of the backstory it provided on our indefatigable heroine.It would be nice to see more of Edie!

  • Robert
    2019-02-17 06:50

    An interesting little short that leaves me wanting more. I would use this piece in a class to study character building. In 49 pages Hathaway builds a backstory and stronger characters than many current authors manage in 300 pages. The man is a magician with words.

  • Qing
    2019-02-09 04:40

    Edie!!!! The whole time I was thinking she sounded familiar, but I couldn't put my finger on it until I saw a mention to Angelmaker. Ah Edie, still a bad ass. I would read her hey day shenanigans in a heartbeat.

  • Steve Culverhouse
    2019-02-18 06:51

    A nice little story, but leaves you wanting more, even having read Angelmaker

  • Georgiana Derwent
    2019-01-28 05:01

    I read Angelmaker a few months ago and found it a quite frustrating read, as there were aspects I absolutely loved undermined by points I had no interest in. My favourite part of Angelmaker was the character of Edie - a glamourous female super-spy and bisexual seductress during WW2 who's now an under-estimated little old lady.It was therefore a real pleasure to pick up this very short read which takes place just before the main novel and revisit Edie without any of the distractions of Angelmaker. It combines another present day story from her life with another decades old one, both of which were enjoyable and which linked together well.This is extremely short and so really only worth a read if you enjoyed Angelmaker and want more Edie or are considering reading it and want a taste of Harkaway's writing style. It doesn't have a huge amount of substance as a standalone story (hence I couldn't quite justify five stars despite really enjoying it), but is still intriguing and well-written and a nice way to while away an hour or two.

  • John Jr.
    2019-02-03 07:49

    Nick Harkaway manages to upset expectations at the very outset of this tale, giving an offbeat sketch of the history of Shrewton, a placid village, before he launches the story proper with a deft depiction of an unnatural death. The entire piece is rather a bagatelle, which introduces the amusingly improbable character of Edie Banister, an "octogenarian superspy" who (I gather from other reviews) figures into Harkaway's Angelmaker novel. The wit, the tone, and the inventiveness he shows here make me curious about that book.Side note: I read this using the Kindle app on my iPhone while riding the subway to and from work, the first time I'd read anything of length on my phone. (I've read a handful of publications using Kindle for Mac on my laptop.) I can't say I like having such a small window onto the text, but it didn't fundamentally alter the experience of reading.

  • Angie Boyter
    2019-01-31 01:38

    I read this because the author will be at the VA Book Festival this week, and I wanted a sense of his writing. I had a mixed reaction.I really liked the understated Brit wit style of the beginning, but that seemed rather less evident as the story went along. There were some abrupt transitions, and the ending also seemed abrupt and either unfinished or I didn't understand it. And some of it goes beyond the amusingly absurd, as when one of the characters think back to when he was in charge of monitoring the guano trade in British overseas territories and was provided a three-person bodyguard in recognition of the danger of his position.I liked Edie, the retired spy who is the main character and would enjoy getting to know her better in the longer book, but I don't think I'd be willing to risk a very high price for the book.

  • Bryan
    2019-01-21 02:55

    This is a fun short story by Nick Harkaway. It serves as a sort of introduction to the character of Edie Bannister, a woman in her eighties with a past as a highly-trained secret agent.In a small town, a man whose past is entwined with Edie's is murdered. A minor functionary from the government is sent to investigate, and soon finds himself in over his head. Luckily, Edie comes to his aid.I don't honestly remember much more about this story other than my enjoyment of it. It comes with the first chapter of Harkaway's novel Angelmaker, which features Edie, which I immediately purchased upon finishing the story.

  • Lauren Smith
    2019-02-14 03:01

    7/10This short story has a lot going for it in terms of writing – it’s funny, charming, and full of detail. So much detail in fact, that once or twice the story meanders into arguably unnecessary territory, but it worked for me, so no harm done. I highlighted quite a few passages that I found amusing, most of which were related to Edie, who I think is a fantastic character. I couldn’t help but worry about her – she is in her eighties, after all – but she’s defied expectations of being a weak little female since the start of her career and she continues to do so in retirement.Read the full review on my blog Violin in a Void

  • Peter Jones
    2019-02-07 09:00

    Edie Investigates was the perfect answer to a long layover this past week. As a prelude to Angelmaker, it effectively presented characters I want to know more about. It also gave hints of a world that I intensely want to explore. Highly enjoyable prose as expected from author Nick Harkaway. This short novella whet my appetite for more while leaving me sufficiently satisfied with the story it had to tell.

  • Nick
    2019-02-14 00:54

    Prelude to Harkaway's next novel Angelmake, which I'm pretty excited about, and this is a charming intro to one character. I was, probably unrealistically, kinda hoping for a completely self-contained story rather than a prologue to the larger piece, and this is very much the latter, but aside from that entirely personal issue, this did the business nicely.

  • Luke Beckett
    2019-02-17 06:42

    This is a sort of prequel chapter to pique your interest in Angelmaker. It's full of all the superb prose, wry humour and intrigue you always find with Nick Hakaway. The only thing I'd want more of is to give it all room to breath, to allow his wonderfully tangential style to really work it's magic. And you'll get that in spades in the full novel, so no complaints about this novella here.

  • Wealhtheow
    2019-02-13 02:54

    I loved the heart out of Edie Banister in Angelmaker. She has steel nerves, comprehensive spy experience, and a creepy old dog with glass balls for eyes and a farting problem. I can't wait to read more about her!

  • Gerald
    2019-01-24 04:02

    Liked it a lot... but it really is just a teaser for Angelmaker. Was pleasantly surprised that it was a bit of a cold-war thriller in some ways. Looking forward to more, particularly from the Legacy Board, although the flashbacks to Edie's youth were the most vital and compelling parts of the story. A great character there....

  • Michael
    2019-02-10 01:38

    Nick Harkaway makes me tired.I read this in two sittings. The first half I think I wasn't in the mood for his convoluted prose, and I really had to slog through it. My second sitting went much quicker, but it still made me tired. If you liked the Gone-Away World, you'll like this. And probably like Angelmaker too. I think I'm going to pass.

  • Kestrell
    2019-01-21 02:06

    I loved this short story--not only is the female protagonist kickass, but she shows that women over 50 can still be kickass. I also love the fact that she is not at all grandmotherly, and she is described as the "anti-Miss Marple." The first chapter of Harkaway's upcoming novel, _Angelmaker_, was very intriguing, so I'm awaiting it impatiently.

  • Tac Anderson
    2019-02-09 00:41

    A great short story companion to Angel Maker. If you liked Angel Maker you'll want to make sure you read this. Even if you haven't read Angel Maker, it's a good sampling of what you're missing out on.

  • Jay Batson
    2019-01-29 02:54

    Meh - it just got started at the end.I would rate it better if it were the first chapter of a book. But it's merely pretending to be a short story - too many things started that beg being finished or expanded on. Good writing - just didn't feel like like a nicely constrained short story.

  • Paula Lyle
    2019-02-16 01:43

    Was interested but not entirely satisfied by Harkaway's GoneAway World, so wanted to read this before sending away for Angelmaker. After reading this short, I've placed my order. Loved the characters, loved the setup. I can't wait to get the book. Charming and funny.

  • Tracey
    2019-01-30 05:05

    Interesting read; makes me want to re-read Angelmaker, as I'd nearly forgotten all about Edie. Not really a stand-alone story, as it leaves so much unresolved.

  • David Harris
    2019-02-05 02:52

    Good to see a bit more of Edie Bannister from "Angelmaker" - although if you haven't yet read that (and you should) it's worth noting that there are very slight spoilers here: some of Edie's background and talents are revealed.