Last Stroke, The

a Detective Story

Author: Lawrence L. Lynch (Emma Murdoch Van Deventer)
Published: 1896
Language: English
Wordcount: 70,742 / 204 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 84.2
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 1,258
Added to site: 2011.08.01 30539

climbed the gentle upward slope, growing, as it seemed, more and more dense and shadowy as it mounted. But between the road and the river the trees grew less densely, with numerous sunny openings, but with much undergrowth, here and there, of hazel and sumach, wild vines, and along the border of the lake the low overhanging scrub willow.

For more than a fourth of a mile the four men followed the road, walking in couples, and not far apart, and contenting themselves with an occasional "hallo, Brierly," and with peering into the openings through which they could see the lake shore as they passed along.

A little further on, however, a bit of rising ground cut off all sight of the lake for a short distance. It was an oblong mound, so shapely, so evenly proportioned that it had became known as the Indian Mound, and was believed to have been the work of the aborigines, a prehistoric fortification, or burial place.

As they came opposite this mound, the man Hopkins stopped, saying:



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(1896) Mystery / Detective

Plot bullets

  • The first stroke ended in a man's death.

  • The second put his brother in peril of his life.

  • All hopes for a conclusion is put in the hands of a detective.

  • Can this man deal the last stroke.


A period piece with little to recommend it. Country schoolmaster is murdered on his way to class. Someone tries to kill his brother. Everyone sails for Europe. Why? Sounds more interesting than it is.

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