The Abandoned Room

The Abandoned Room
A Mystery Story

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The Abandoned Room by Charles Wadsworth Camp

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1917

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268

ISBN:

B0014L8IL2

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The Abandoned Room
A Mystery Story

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(23 Reviews)
The mystery of a secret room, scene of many murders, is unraveled by Carlos Paredes, the Panamanian Sherlock Holmes.

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pany them upstairs while he questioned her. In the absence of the coroner he wouldn't let the doctor touch the body.

"I must repair this lock," he said, "the first thing, so nothing can be disturbed."

Doctor Groom, a grim and dark man, had grown silent on entering the room. For a long time he stared at the body in the candle light, making as much of an examination as he could, evidently, without physical contact.

"Why did he ever come here to sleep?" he asked in his rumbling bass voice. "Nasty room! Unhealthy room! Ten to one you're a formality, policeman. Coroner's a formality."

He sneered a little.

"I daresay he died what the hard-headed world will call a natural death. Wonder what the coroner'll say."

The detective didn't answer. He shot rapid, uneasy glances about the room in which a single candle burned. After a time he said with an accent of complete conviction:

"That man was murdered."

Perhaps the doctor's significant words, added to her earlier d

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A real page turner.

Who killed Silas Blackburn?

On the eve of the day that he planned on removing his grandson from his will, Silas Blackburn goes to bed in the abandoned room where many of his family have died in agony. In the middle of the night he is found dead in this locked room.

How did someone get into the room? And who?

Bobby, the grandson, has the motive and due to drinking can't remember his actions on that night...

I ended up suspecting each of the characters as well as ghosts or some paranormal activity. fun read!
This is an enjoyable old Locked Room mystery puzzle. The story becomes increasingly puzzling as it moves along. There are two locked room murders, a main suspect (who is also the main character) who cannot remember what he was doing the night of the murder, and suggestions of supernatural activity. I'd tell more, but I don't want to spoil it. Everything is explained in the last chapter. Recommended.
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prendy
4
I had to keep reminding myself that this was wriiten in 1917! Very good book. It did keep me up late and guessing. It was spooky at times but towards the end I just wanted to know what happened. Nice twist.
I agree! This is a fun read. It kept me up way too late, but am I complaining? No! It was worth it. Twists and turns abound. The author has a very good feeling for giving you a sense of place. You really hear and feel the wind keening through the dry, rustling leaves of the winter-dead trees. Spooky. Yes. Fun. Definitely. Go for it. You won't be sorry.
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makatrinamendoza
5
this book is truly remarkable! i can't seem to take my hands off whenever i start reading it...i highly recommend especially if you want to explore the detective in you and above all be prepared to be mystified...enjoy!
i give this book three stars because although i thought it was a good mystery/ suspense it is very slow moving as far as the story goes. but i guarantee readers will not guess the ending!
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Gilmartin
3
Lying somewhere between a mystery and a ghost-story, this is worth a look, though not in any way a great novel. I enjoyed it well enough, despite the author's rather ham-fisted handling of the supernatural elements of the narrative and his inconsistent approach to characters.