The Albert Gate Mystery

Being Further Adventures of Reginald Brett, Barrister Detective

Author: Louis Tracy (Gordon Holmes)
Published: 1904
Language: English
Wordcount: 79,500 / 238 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 69
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 9,989
Added to site: 2007.10.23 18667

In an Albert Gate mansion a number of Turkish gentlemen had taken up their residence for the purpose of having some fifty-odd wonderful diamonds belonging to the sultan cut and polished. They had enlisted the protection of the English Government, and the police equipment and caution exercised in regard to the safety of the Turks and the jewels were such that the country was electrified when one morning four Turks were found dead in their rooms, the diamonds were missing, and the particular Assistant Secretary in the Foreign Office [...] is found to have mysteriously disappeared. --New York Times

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most remarkable affair I have ever been engaged in. That pleases me. Pheasant-shooting is a serious business, governed by the calendar and arranged by the head-keeper."

An electric bell summoned Smith. The barrister handed him the telegram and a sovereign.

"Read that message," he said. "Ponder over it. Send it, and give the change of the sovereign to Mrs. Smith's brother, with my compliments and regrets."



Then he turned to Lord Fairholme.

"Just one question," he said, "before I send you off to bed. No, you must not protest. I want you to meet me here this evening at seven, with your brain clear and your nerves restored by a good, sound sleep. We will dine, here or elsewhere, and act subsequently. But at this moment I want to know the name of the person most readily accessible who can tell me all about Mr. Talbot's connection with the Sultan's agent."

"His sister, undoubt


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Average Rating of 3.8 from 6 reviews: ****
Leah A. Zeldes

Reggie Brett, barrister turned detective, is on the job again in this thoroughly excellent mystery/thriller. This time he's on the trail of a murderous group of diamond thieves and a missing Foreign Office secretary, which takes him from London to Paris, Marseilles and Palermo. I liked this one even more than the first Brett book, "The Stowmarket Mystery." The criminals are clever, the stakes are high and the action rapid and exciting.

Henry L. Ratliff

(1904) Mystery / Detective

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Plot bullets

  • Fifty one diamonds, from a foreign Prince's collection, are stolen at Albert Gate.

  • Several men are killed.

  • The man responsible for bringing the jewels to England to be cut, is also missing.

  • Reginald Brett, Barrister and notable detective, is put on the case.

  • There are at least two mysteries. Where are the jewels and was the missing man, a victim or participant in the crime?

  • It's off to Europe to find the solution.


In this classic mystery amateur detective Brett tries to solve the mystery of the murder of 4 Turks and the theft of priceless diamonds belonging to the sultan of Turkey. In his quest to find the answers he is helped by some friends. Before he finds out the truth there are a lot of chases, disguises, and journeys through the UK, France and Sicily. On his journeys he encounters master-criminals, a beautiful French adventuress and lots of small criminals.

This book has a fast pace and is nice read. It is not a great, but it\'s a fun, lighthearted read. There are some non-Politically Correct remarks in this book about Turkish, French, English and Scottish people.


Pretty good read!


If you are looking for some light entertainment, this book might fill the bill. This is a fast moving, action packed adventure. It features heroic, handsome, brilliant, fearless smarty-pants barrister-amateur detective Simon Brett. (Tracy assures us that Brett is the greatest amateur detective of his generation.) The book moves along at a quick pace as Brett and his friends chase diamond thieves in Europe. This is not a great mystery, or a great book in any sense, but it is fun. And, by the end of the book I found I kind of liked Simon Brett - in spite of myself.

Linda Otto

I like Reginald Brett. I also liked the Stowmarket Mystery in which he showed off his Sherlockian powers. I wish that there were more Brett books available. This one is definitely worth reading. It keeps you turning the pages and never bores! Enjoy.

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