The Rome Express

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Published: 1907
Language: English
Wordcount: 36,514 / 113 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 92
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 1,378
Added to site: 2006.04.01 13303

"Here is a good story of a most atrocious murder -- with much interwoven love interest and the eventual triumph of strict justice... undeniably good reading! It is the sort of story that the average man will finish at one sitting, and the perusal of which could be interrupted only by some dire extremity. The conculsion and explanation is entirely unexpected." --New York Times Review of Books, 1907.

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1, 2, 3, and 4. Were they all occupied?"

"No; only two, by Englishmen. I know that they talked English, which I understand a little. One was a soldier; the other, I think, a clergyman, or priest."

"Good! we can verify that directly. Now, b, with berths 5 and 6. Who was there?"

"One gentleman. I don't remember his name. But I shall know him by appearance."

"Go on. In c, two berths, 7 and 8?"

"Also one gentleman. It was he who--I mean, that is where the crime occurred."

"Ah, indeed, in 7 and 8? Very well. And the next, 9 and 10?"

"A lady. Our only lady. She came from Rome."

"One moment. Where did the rest come from? Did any embark on the road?"

"No, monsieur; all the passengers travelled through from Rome."

"The dead man included? Was he Roman?"

"That I cannot say, but he came on board at Rome."

"Very well. This lady--she was alone?"

"In the compartment, yes. But not altogether."

"I do not unders


Average Rating of 3.8 from 4 reviews: ****

I quite agree with Webstar on his opinion about the ending. Although, the gradual unfolding of the mystery was brilliant and dynamic, at the end when the underlying mystery suddenly began to reveal, it turned out to be a dull and mediocre ending.
The plot was creative enough, but I wish the writing had been creative like the plot. The writing was too descriptive, as if I was reading a text book.

Pal Webstar

Lively,well-written and interesting - until the last few pages, when it becomes silly and rushed. It\'s one of those where you feel that the author suddenly realised he\'d written nearly the number of words required and scribbled down a quick ending.

Mr Kindle


I really enjoyed this book.An excellent murder/mystery set on the Rome Express,It puffed along at a good speed and kept me interested all the way through.Highly recommended!

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