"For days all he had talked about was the 'big fish,' the peje grande, whatever that might mean--and the curse of Mansiche."
The recollection of the past few days seemed to be too much for her. Almost before we knew it, before Norton, who had started to ask her a question, could speak, she excused herself and fled from the room, leaving only the indelible impression of loveliness and the appeal for help that was irresistible.
Kennedy turned to Norton. But just then the door to the den opened and we saw our friend Dr. Leslie. He saw us, too, and took a few steps in our direction.
"What--you here, Kennedy?" he greeted in surprise as Craig shook hands and introduced Norton. "And Jameson, too? Well, I think you've found a case at last that will baffle you."
As we talked he led the way across the living room and into the den from which he had just come.
"It is very strange," he said, telling at once all that he had been able to discover.
This is my first Craig Kennedy mystery to read and it won't be my last. A very good book with a well developed plot and characters. It kept my attention throughout. I loved the way he would collect evidence without explanation and then reveal the purpose after examination with the latest scientific methods and then apply it to the mystery. This book is very enjoyable and highly recommended.
This is a very good Craig Kennedy mystery. It begins with the visit of a professor of Archeology from the University who asks Kennedy's assistance in finding who stole an ancient Inca dagger from the items brought back from a recent Peruvian dig. While the Professor is still conferring with Kennedy, word comes that a wealth Peruvian has just been murdered--as it turns out, murdered with the stolen dagger.
Kennedy now has the problem not only of finding the dagger (and the murderer) but of protecting the beautiful daughter of the dead Peruvian. The characters include and American promoter and a mining engineer and Signora de Moche, and her son Alofonso, two Peruvians of Inca descent, who have an historical relationship to the dagger and a romantic relationship to the dead millionaire and his daughter. As much as the characters, Kennedy must apparently be wary of "The Curse of Manische."
This is a well-wrought story with an interesting plot and characters. Kennedy spends a good deal of useful time in the labroatory solving some collateral mysteries. The technolgical element, which sometimes overswhelms Reeve'short stories is kept under control here (except for an overly long discussion of the oxyaceteleyne torch. This is a good book.
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