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by Neil Hunt,James Fox

  • ISBN: 9990407916
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Neil Hunt,James Fox
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
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  • Publisher: Recorded Books (April 1990)
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  • Rating: 4.4
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White Mischief is a novel by British journalist James Fox, first published in hardback 1982 by Jonathan Cape and in paperback in 1984 by Penguin

White Mischief is a novel by British journalist James Fox, first published in hardback 1982 by Jonathan Cape and in paperback in 1984 by Penguin. The title is a pun on the 1932 Evelyn Waugh novel Black Mischief. The book was adapted for film in 1987.

After his death James Fox inherited the obsession and a commitment to continue in pursuit of the story both in England and Kenya in the late 1970s.

Just before 3am on January 24th, 1941, when Britain was preoccupied. After his death James Fox inherited the obsession and a commitment to continue in pursuit of the story both in England and Kenya in the late 1970s. One day, on a veranda overlooking the Indian Ocean, Fox came across a piece of evidence that seemed to bring all the fragments and pieces together and convinced him that he saw a complete picture.

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White Mischief: The Murder of Lord Erroll by James Fox is a 2014 Open Road Media Publication. Пользовательский отзыв - KromesTomes - LibraryThing. In another episode of synchronicity, I finished this book the day after Britney Spears’ disastrous appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards. The connection? She’s just the poster child for the public.

James Fox. on that morning (January 24th), two African dairy workers-known as milk boys-were driving their truck up to the intersection of the Karen and Ngong roads. on that morning (January 24th), two African dairy workers-known as milk boys-were driving their truck up to the intersection of the Karen and Ngong roads a light summer drizzle. They turned into the main Nairobi-Ngong road, and saw the lights of a car blazing in the darkness, pointing away from them towards Nairobi, illuminating the dense grass and scrub on the right-hand verge, 150 yards ahead of the intersection.

What he discovered was both unsettling and luridly compelling

What he discovered was both unsettling and luridly compelling. Thriller & Crime. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate. Just before 3am on January 24th, 1941, when Britain was preoccupied with surviving the Blitz, the body of Josslyn Hay, Earl of Erroll, was discovered lying on the floor of his Buick. Just before 3am on January 24th, 1941, when Britain was preoccupied with surviving the Blitz, the body of Josslyn Hay, Earl of Erroll, was discovered lying on the floor of his Buick, at a road intersection some miles outside Nairobi, with a bullet in his head. A leading figure in Kenya's colonial community, the Earl had recently been appointed Military Secretary, but he was primarily a seducer of other men's wives. Sir Henry Delves Broughton, whose wife was Erroll's current conquest, had an obvious motive for the murder, but no one was ever convicted and the question.

Investigative reporting which possesses the resonance of a social history and the drama of a good mystery.

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Combines a detailed reexamination of the 1941 murder, in Kenya, of Josslyn Hay, Earl of Erroll and hereditary High Constable of Scotland, with an expose of the decadent English colonial society in which he moved
Reviews about White Mischief (7):
Bolanim
The idle, self-absorbed and narcissistic aristocrats that abused their way through 1920's Kenya represented perhaps the worst of British colonialism. This expose into the sordid underbelly of the club, the parties and the key players of "Happy valley" reads more like a biography at times, but is in fact a detailed murder investigation.
Part one is beautifully written, a literary memoir- of a long-lost era - encapsulating the glamour of colonial Africa. If part one is a fluid period-drama, part two is a disjointed documentary, a diary, a train of thought. Both sections are captivating because they follow the intimate lives of real people, in the defining moments of their lives, as they transition through the decades and into old age. It is, ultimately, a brilliant piece of detective work.
Gavinranadar
I had high hopes for this book, because awhile ago I saw the movie this book was based on and really liked it. This book--not so much. I had a hard time differentiating the characters in the book from each other--the author gave the character's name and title and that was about all--he did not personalize the characters.. He made an exciting period in Kenyan history rather blah; the book consisted mostly of various theories of who the murderer was, and by the end of the book, I didn't care.
Uthergo
Of the many reasons you may have for reading this book, you must not pick it up to learn who murdered Josslyn Hay, Earl of Errol. James Fox will give you all the facts and then let you decide. As Fox points out, "there were many people in Kenya who had a motive for killing Errol, and many who had the opportunity that night." To this day it remains an unsolved crime, a "cold case," dating to 1941. But when Fox and his Sunday Times Magazine colleague, Cyril Connolly, began their investigations, in 1969, there were still several people living who were personally involved in the case. Connolly and Fox, working together left no stone unturned, and wrote up their findings in the Sunday Times Magazine. But credit Fox, convinced that there were still facts to learn, for returning to the case after Connolly's death.

By the time we turn the last page, we know the whereabouts of every person on a minute to minute basis throughout the night Lord Errol was shot in the head at close range and left on the floor of his car in a ditch. We know their drugs of choice, the calibers of their pistols, their alibis, and their manifold motives. Certainly the preponderance of evidence points to Lord Jock Delves Broughton (pronounced Brawton), whose wife had been Lord Erroll's latest conquest. Broughton, however, was released on lack of evidence.

It was, however, precisely because Fox was so familiar with the case, more so than most of the actual protagonists, that he was able to approach Broughton's widow, Diana, Lady Delamere, and chat with her in 1981, forty years after the murder. Fox gained her confidence and he eventually learned her own theory as to the murder's identity.

Fox gives us descriptions of stunning clarity of the Kenyan landscape, the society of Happy Valley, the Muthaiga Club, and the personalities which peopled the drama which so obsessed him as it had his colleague, Connolly, before him. We owe Fox a debt of gratitude for his renderings of wartime Kenyan colonial society, which, were it not for the murder of Lord Erroll, may well have faded from memory and history with the passage of time. Fox has documented more than a murder; he has preserved a slice of history forever, and it is a deliciously salacious history at that.
SkroN
Featuring some of the same characters as "The Bolter", but less accurately written...focuses on the still unsolved murder. OK read, not very lively, loaded down with explanations of English aristocracy and their numerous titles. The author seems a little too in awe of titles and bloodlines.
Saithinin
An interetsing approach to this infamous murder and when coupled by the novel "The bounder" one comes away with a really vivid impression of the hedonistic days of those expatriots in Happy Valley. certainly, thie rnedeavors to "civilize" "darkest Africa" were foiled by their own foilbles and indulgences that one cna see why the end of colonial rule was so well deserved. Most interesting and also entertaining.
Samugor
If you're a history buff - especially British history - you won't go wrong with this book. It's setting is the home of such notables as Denys Finch-Hatton and Karen Blixen: British East Africa - Kenya - specifically, "Happy Valley" between the two world wars. The author, James Fox, does an excellent job in setting the stage and introducing the characters in one of the most fascinating eras of the 20th Century - complete with the wild lifestyles, drugs, plenty of booze and orgies that the Happy Valley crowd were addicted to. Its unofficial leader was, Joss Hay, Lord of Errol, with his wife, Idina who used to host parties while reclining nude in her bathtub before the games began. Hay, a notorious womanizer, was killed in a yet unsolved murder in 1941; according to rumor, Nairobi still talks about it over seventy years later. Highly recommended!

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Vivados
in concert with other books on the topic a well-formed presentation of circumstances can be had. the actual presentation of this book in the kindle format is disappointing; that is, there are mistakes on every page as to puctuation, etc. rookie mistakes.

four stars for content, none for technical competency.
I read The Bolter and became interested in this murder. I am glad I had some background because there were times the cast of characters got confusing. It does concern a legal trial so it can help but have boring parts

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