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The La Chance Mine Mystery

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Author: Susan Morrow Jones (S. Carleton)
Published: 1920
Language: English
Wordcount: 70,506 / 192 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 87.8
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,654
Added to site: 2008.11.09 22588

For plot and action, for tenseness of interest and thrilling crisis, this outdoor romance of Canada is not easily equalled.

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e out of water,--and I did what you mean when you say you nearly jumped out of your skin.

Touching my shoulder, her hand fiercely imperative in the dark, was a girl--at La Chance, where no girl had ever set foot!--and she was speaking to me with just that golden, carrying voice I knew would belong to my own dream girl, if she were keeping it down to a whisper.

"So you're here," was what she said; and it would have fitted in with the fool's thoughts I had just come out of, if it had not been for her tone. That startled me, till all I could do was to nod in the dark I could just see her in. I could not discern what she looked like, for her head was muffled in a shawl; and I never realized that all she could see of me was my height and general make-up, since my face must have been invisible where I stood in the shadow.

"You!" her golden voice stabbed like a dagger. "I won't have you staying here--where I am! I told you I'd speak to you when I could, and I'm speaking. You kept your word and d

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.5 from 2 reviews: ****

I thought this book started out great and I really wanted to love it. I did enjoy the backdrop. A remote mine deep in the Canadian wilds as well as a mysterious hovel called Skunks Misery inhabited by drifters, low-lives and other unfortunate characters. Not to mention, racing down snowy moon lit roads, trying to outrun the wolves howling in pursuit.

This book reminded me of reading the Hardy Boy books while growing up. But by the end unfortunately that also was the problem, it was too much like the Hardy Boys and I had grown up.

But not a bad little adventure especially if you enjoy a little nostalgia

R Stephan

An interesting mystery in the Canadian wilderness. When, at the end, the overall action heats up, I thought the hero a bit too lucky. I'll take it up again just to see if he finally takes the girl or leaves her.



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