The Island Mystery

Author: George A. Birmingham (James Owen Hannay)
Published: 1918
Language: English
Wordcount: 71,301 / 208 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 77
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 1,373
Added to site: 2009.08.09 24940

ent matter. Miss Daisy Donovan is a bright-faced, clear-eyed, romantic-souled girl. She had finished her course of study in one of the universities of the Middle-west without becoming a cultivated prig. In spite of the fact that history, economics, emasculated philosophy and a kind of intellectual complexion cream called literature had been smeared all over her by earnest professors, she had never learned to take herself, life or society at all seriously. She had all the vitality which gives American women their singular charm and none of the appalling earnestness of high endeavour which sometimes leads even very charming women into repulsive kinds of foolishness. The thought of a marriage between Miss Daisy and King Konrad Karl--with Madame Ypsilante in the near background--affected Gorman with a feeling of physical nausea.

The King possessed a certain capacity for sympathy. He guessed something of what was in Gorman's mind.

"After all," he said, "she would be a queen. It is something. You have


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Plot bullets

  • Can't buy country for your daughter's royal ambitions, why not buy an island instead.
  • The Emperor wants it back.
  • Foreign governments want it back
  • What is in the cave?
  • Fun loving queen
  • Why does everyone want a large rock with a little clay on it?
  • Will there be war, how many wars, with whom
  • Will anyone earn the 'Order of the Pink Vulture'?
  • Will the queen's maid learn English
  • Will the ex King ever learn not to confuse his English idioms

I red this story and found myself smiling, often. The author develops some likable characters and a clever plot.

A lot of humor is derived from the mangling of the English language.

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