A well-respected clergyman is found dead at an old abandoned mill. It appears to be accidental death, or maybe suicide. But, the news of this death has a fatal effect on two women. One is his fiancee, and the other is a wealthy matron living on the other side of town. The fiancee's roommate, an orphan, investigates the crime, out of loyalty to her dead roommate. I generally like the novels of Anna Katharine Green, but I didn't care for this one. It seemed overly melodramatic to me, and I never really gained an interest in it. The later part of the book is occupied with long confessions. None of Green's series characters appear in this novel. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for this. But, I did not enjoy it, and cannot recommend it. Nevertheless, AKG fans might want to give it a try.
I found this very disappointing. The author wrote a series of five detective novels that featured crime reporter Jim Godfrey. This is one of the later entries in the series. Sadly, it has very little genuine mystery in it. It is also quite xenophobic, focusing on an evil practitioner of a nonsensical eastern religion. Concerning this fictitious religion, there is no authentic cultural background or information. Stevenson was a good writer, but this is not a very good book. I'm hoping the other entries in this highly regarded series are better than this one. This isn't bad, it's just not good. I was hoping for something much better.
An great collection of short detective stories featuring Dr. Thorndyke. Freeman had tried out the various experiments he describes in the book to make sure they would work as described. Another excellent entry in an excellent series.
This is the best remembered of Fletcher's mysteries. A journalist on his way home from the paper happens to be present at the discovery of a murdered man. He takes the investigation on himself. There is a connection to a huge financial swindle that occurred many years before. The action moves along at a nice pace, keeping the reader interested all the way through. Pretty good, but not great.
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