The Almost Perfect Murder

A Case Book of Madame Storey

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Author: Hulbert Footner
Published: 1937
Language: English
Wordcount: 99,786 / 280 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 79
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 21,849
Added to site: 2010.10.09
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was immediately carried into the house and laid upon the bed. The family physician was telephoned for. The powder marks around the wound could be seen by all. In his confusion and excitement, the butler felt that he ought to notify his master of what had happened before sending for the police. Nobody in the house knew where Mr. Whittall was dining that night, and the butler started telephoning around to his clubs, and to the houses of his most intimate friends in the endeavour to find him. He could not get any word of him. He was still at the telephone when Mr. Whittall returned home. This would be about eleven. Mr. Whittall's first act was to telephone to the local police station. He upbraided the butler for not having done so at once. A few minutes later the police were in the house.

Mrs. Whittall's own maid had identified the revolver as one belonging to her mistress. She had testified that she had seen nothing strange in the behaviour of her mistress before she left the house. So far as she could

Reviews

Average Rating of 5 from 4 reviews: *****
2015.08.27
bhold
*****

A collection of crime fiction short stories / novellas featuring Mme. Rosika Storey and her resourceful assistant Bella Brickley. Mme. Storey unravels complex cases with thorough investigation and an understanding of human nature - you won't find any miraculous Holmes-like solutions here. Bella's role is primarily as narrator, but shows she has plenty of brains and courage when sent out to do dangerous research on her own. Highly recommended, 5 stars.

2015.02.13
Lena
*****

Five solid traditional cases splendidly narrated.
A cunning, beautiful, courageous and resourceful female detective and her
clever assistant.
The plots don't make it easy for them to solve the cases, which have some
astute twists and turns.
A variety of interesting sceneries and characters.
You can't stop reading.

2012.09.02
Ann
*****

A good read. Loved the main character, needless to say she HAS character.......

2011.09.05
Tina
*****

Highly recommend this book. I love the books from the ‘Golden Age’ of crime fiction, but I’d never heard of Madame Rosika Storey - now I’ve read one book, I’m hooked! If you like Agatha Christie, Patricia Wentworth and Ngaio Marsh, you’ll like this.

This is a bit later than Christie’s books, and there are definite echoes of her in it - Mme Storey reminded me of Poirot, as like him, she’s a professional (rather than an amateur like Miss Marple or Miss Silver) and takes a psychological approach to solving crime. The stories whittle down the suspects, and tend to end with the familiar dénouement scene. However, the book isn’t just a pale Christie wannabe - Mme Storey is a strong character and the stories are well-written and clever. Excellent read.


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