Reviews by Carlo

The Mystery of the Boule Cabinet

by Burton E. Stevenson

A worthy continuation of the Lester / Godfrey series with a feel more along the lines of \"The Marathon Mystery\" than its immediate predecessor \"That Affair at Elizabeth\". The author creatively renders the titular Boule cabinet itself an antagonist during the first part of the book, along with the master French criminal introduced later on. In fact I found there to be much more tension and interest generated in the first part of the novel than the second, after the flesh-and-blood villain appears. Nevertheless, a good read all the way through.

Reviewed on 2012.10.05

The Marathon Mystery

by Burton E. Stevenson

This sequel to "The Holladay Case" is cut above that work and the next book available here in the Lester / Godfrey mystery series, "That Affair At Elizabeth". Somewhat daringly, there are multiple shifts in narrative perspective in "The Marathon Mystery", with Godfrey initially taking center stage. The various characters involved in the mystery, especially the villain and his mistress, are portrayed with more flair and individuality. Finally, the plot itself is more gripping due to an active conflict; key subplots also are able to hold the reader's interest in themselves. Lester's gullibility I found a bit much, as in the first novel, but I suppose that was how Society was supposed to work.

Reviewed on 2012.09.24

The Holladay Case

by Burton E. Stevenson

This is the first of the Lester / Godfrey novels, which feature the law clerk Lester solving mysteries related to his firm's top clients, with an appearance by Godfrey the reporter in a supporting role.

After a rather gripping initial setup, with a classic apparent murder and associated inquest, the action trails into a more gentlemanly type story of pursuing a quarry while tending to genteel relationships.

A short and enjoyable read, if not terribly challenging. I found Lester's tendency to take everything at face value initially somewhat amusing and annoying at the same time; apparently that's what's done in Society.

Reviewed on 2012.09.22

That Affair at Elizabeth

by Burton E. Stevenson

This is a sequel to "The Holladay Case" which is also available at Manybooks, although this book also reads well as a standalone.

The main character is a lawyer who (from the previous case) has acquired a reputation as an investigator/fixer. He is therefore summoned by the law partner he works for to Elizabeth (New Jersey) in order to delve into a runaway bride case. The short novel moves along well and the small circle of uncomplicated characters are generally sympathetic. The plot is largely conflict-free, which I found rather relaxing, although the reader is indeed drawn into peeling back the layers of the mystery. An easy read, if not terribly challenging.

Reviewed on 2012.09.21

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