An English detective story in which neither the characters nor the plot are unusual, though they are nicely managed. The action never lags, and the ending is rather out of the ordinary.
him a look of vindictive malignity so intense that it made Mr. Manley quite uncomfortable, turned, and went out of the room.
Lord Loudwater said: "I'll teach the scoundrel to rob me! Write at once for a new butler."
He took some lumps of sugar from a jar on the mantelpiece, and went through the door which opened into the library.
In the library he stopped and shouted back: "If Morton comes about the timber, I shall be in the stables."
Then he went through one of the long windows of the library into the garden and took his way to the stables. As he drew near them the scowl cleared from his face. But it remained a formidable face; it did not grow pleasant. None the less, he spent a pleasant hour in the stables, petting his horses. He was fond of horses, not of cats, and he never bullied and seldom abused his horses as he abused and bullied his fellow men and women. This was the result of his experience. He had learnt from it that he might bully and abuse his human dependents with impunity. As a boy
Mystery genre shouldn't be a field which this author should try, because certainly it failed. The characters were built weakly and with the flow of the story characters rather weaken their impact, specially that of detective Flexen, Mr. Manely and James Hutchings.
The story opens with the events of Lord Loudwater, portrayed as an ill-tempered person whom everyone hates for his bad manners. The mystery begins with the murder of him and in search of the murderer. As usually found in mediocre detective novels, a few characters visited the victim at the time of murder, which implicates them to be the suspected and the story flows onward to unfold each of their motives until the murderer is found.
At the end, although the murderer was found, it was the detective who let the murderer go free due to not having enough evidences to provide in the trial against the murderer, which rather is a weak and dumb portrayal of the detective character. The author also tried to send a vibe to the readers that the murderer did rather a 'service' by murdering ill-tempered Lord Loudwater and I really loathe this vibe of author. A murder can no way be justified for the ill manners of a person.
Actually, it's not a full mystery genre, it's more like a drama genre.
I do not recommend this because you will find far better mystery stories than this one to spend your valuable leisure time.
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