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The Girl at Central

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Published: 1915
Language: English
Wordcount: 54,729 / 153 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 81.6
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 781
Added to site: 2011.09.08 30722

Miss Sylvia's case there was a double attraction--I was curious about her for myself and I was curious about her because of Jack Reddy.

What I noticed was that she was so different with men to what she was with women--affable to both, but it was another kind of affability. I've seen considerably many girls trying to throw their harpoons into men and doing it too, but they were in the booby class beside Miss Sylvia. She was what the novelists call a coquette, but she was that dainty and sly about it that I don't believe any of the victims knew it. It wasn't what she said, either; more the way she looked and the soft, sweet manner she had, as if she thought more of the chap she was talking to than anybody else in the world. She'd be that way to one in my exchange and the next day I'd see her just the same with another in the drugstore.

It made me uneasy. Even if the man you love doesn't love you, you don't want to see him fooled. But I said nothing--I'm the close sort--and it wasn't till I came to

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 2.5 from 2 reviews: ***

A sprightly and surprisingly engrossing mystery. The narrator, Molly Morganthau, is a early twentysomething telephone operator (The Girl at Central) in a small NJ town. A rich, well known, young woman is found dead and soon the town is overrun with reporters and police. Molly finds herself sparring with a reporter from New York City and soon is helping him investigate the mystery and falling in love. Clues and red herrings abound and soon enough Molly helps put two and two together and solves the mystery. I enjoyed this alot, as well as the sequel "The Black Eagle Mystery" which continues Molly's detective career.

One note: this was written in 1915, and several times VERY politically incorrect terms are used. Several times a group of italian circus performers are referred to as "the Dageos"
On the other hand, Molly is presented as a woman who knows who she is, is a career woman with a job and her own life and lets her suitor know that any relationship is on her terms.


Ethnic slurs plus violates one of the sacred rules of mystery writing.



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