The Four Pools Mystery

Cover image for

Download


Author: Jean Webster
Published: 1907
Language: English
Wordcount: 59,676 / 172 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 83.3
LoC Category: PS
Audiobook: www.archive.org
Downloads: 2,394
Added to site: 2007.05.01
mnybks.net#: 16750
Origin: gutenberg.org

Could a tyrannical plantation owner be responsible for his own murder? An unusual and stirring story of mystery and tragedy, in which the portrayal of life on a Southern plantation and the horror and fear roused in the negroes by what they believed manifestations of the ancestral "ha'nt" is clearly and vividly done. It is a book to keep its readers up nights.

Show Excerpt

Radnor frowned slightly.

"He doesn't forgive," he returned.

"What was the trouble with Jeff?" I ventured. "I have never heard any particulars."

"He and my father didn't agree. I don't remember very much about it myself; I was only thirteen when it happened. But I know there was the devil of a row."

"Do you know where he is?" I asked.

Radnor shook his head.

"I sent him some money once or twice, but my father found it out and shut down on my bank account. I've lost track of him lately--he isn't in need of money though. The last I heard he was running a gambling place in Seattle."

"It's a great pity!" I sighed. "He was a fine chap when I knew him."

Radnor echoed my sigh but he did not choose to follow up the subject, and we passed the rest of the way in silence until we turned into the lane that led to Four-Pools. After the manner of many Southern places the house was situated well toward the middle of the large plantation, and entirely out of sight from

Reviews

Average Rating of 4.3 from 3 reviews: *****
2014.12.23
Leah A. Zeldes
*****

Arnold Crosby, a New York lawyer visiting relatives in the South, finds their plantation haunted by a peculiar ghost — one who steals chickens and bearer bonds while terrorizing the servants — amid uneasy relations between his autocratic, quick-tempered uncle, Colonel Gaylord, and Radnor, Gaylord's son and heir.

When the colonel is found murdered, Radnor is the prime suspect, especially in the eyes of the sheriff who's his chief rival for a coquettish belle. But Arnold's pal New York Post-Dispatch reporter Terry Patten arrives on the scene with other ideas.

Written in 1907, this novel by the author of "Daddy Long-Legs," depicts Southern characters with the unpleasant attitudes and racial slurs common to the place and time; however, the Northerners are somewhat more enlightened. Beyond that drawback, it's well written, absorbing and a fine mystery that will keep you guessing nearly to the end.

2008.04.28
R Stephan
****.

It's not an excellent book or great plot but the realistic story is well written, and shows a fine example of shifting of perspectives, esp. what can lead to racist opinions. As a mystery, you won't put it down until finished.

2008.02.28
David Lyons
****.

Interesting mystery. Although fiction, it gives a glimpse of conditions in the south post-civil war. I enjoyed it.


SUBSCRIBE TO MANYBOOKS 

FREE EBOOKS 

Join 120,000+ fellow readers! Get Free eBooks and book bargains from ManyBooks in your inbox. 

We respect your email privacy

(Promote your book here)

Featured Books

Cover image for The Four Pools Mystery by Jean Webster - Free eBook

Valkyrie's Vengeance

Loki's Wolves Book 0
Melissa Snark

Fans of paranormal and urban fantasy will enjoy... Read more

Cover image for The Four Pools Mystery by Jean Webster - Free eBook

Helga: Out of Hedgelands

Wood Cow Chronicles Book 1
Rick Johnson

VOLUME ONE in the WOOD COW CHRONICLES series. <... Read more

Cover image for The Four Pools Mystery by Jean Webster - Free eBook

The Titan Drowns: Time Travel Romance

New Atlantis Time Travel Romance Book 6
Nhys Glover

2013 SFR GALAXY AWARD WINNER

"Heroism and... Read more

Cover image for The Four Pools Mystery by Jean Webster - Free eBook

Chausiku

Nightmare of the Clans Book One
Pamela E. Cash

There are six secret clans across the world–Afr... Read more

Cover image for The Four Pools Mystery by Jean Webster - Free eBook

Mademoiselle At Arms

A Georgian Romance
Elizabeth Bailey

Set in the late Georgian era, Elizabeth Bailey’... Read more

Cover image for The Four Pools Mystery by Jean Webster - Free eBook

The Tales of Tim Hurtletuta - New Beginnings

Tales of Tim Hurtletuta Series, Book 1
Matthew James Wilkins

"Tim Hurtletuta has forgotten something. He can... Read more

Cover image for The Four Pools Mystery by Jean Webster - Free eBook

After the Cure

Deirdre Gould

Eight years ago the December Plague swept throu... Read more

Cover image for The Four Pools Mystery by Jean Webster - Free eBook

The Unveiling

Book One (Age of Faith 1)
Tamara Leigh

12th century England: Two men vie for the thron... Read more

Cover image for The Four Pools Mystery by Jean Webster - Free eBook

Healing Her Heart

Crystal Lake Series Book 1
Laura Scott

Dr. Gabe Allen has a rule about dating colleagues... Read more

Cover image for The Four Pools Mystery by Jean Webster - Free eBook

Never A Choice

The Choices Trilogy #1
Dee Palmer

Bethany Thorne has secrets and she’s told a few... Read more

(advanced)
login | register

User ID

Password

reset password

Help ManyBooks by sharing this page!

See it as donating a moment of your social media time, every little thing helps us improve and stay online.

Popular in This Genre

The list of books below is based on the weekly downloads by our users regardless of eReader device or file format.

The Art of War
by Sun Tzu
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
by Arthur Conan Doyle
War and Peace
by Leo Tolstoy
The Communist Manifesto
by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen
Romeo and Juliet
by William Shakespeare
Moby Dick
by Herman Melville
The Secret Adversary
by Agatha Christie
The Age of Reason
by Thomas Paine

See more popular titles from this genre.