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Just finished it.
Extremely enjoyable mystery. Right from the beginning, readers will taste the mystery. Sometimes, it will seem to you that you know who the murderer is but it's not so simple :-)! A lot of twists...Enjoy :-)
07/23/2015
I am a big fan of Hume. I have read many of his breath taking mysteries. So, when I began to read this mystery, I had expected a lot of "Humeish myterious aura" right from the beginning in the sttory. Unfortunately I didn't find it. The starting of the story was very slow, filled up with trivial boring dialogues and scenes. As the story moves on, it becomes a little bit interesting. The plot and the characters were poor, specially there were some gaps in character development of Mr Silver, Miss Greeby...
Hume has written much much much better mysteries than this. Please do not read this one -- this is the urge to the 1st time Hume readers from me.. Instead, read Hume's 'The opal serpent' 'The green mummy' ' the secret passage' ' The crowned skull'.. Hume is a great mystery writer, I don't want any 1st time Hume reader get a bad impression with him just by reading this one..He is above the standard of this mystery
07/21/2015
It was an awesome plot. Enjoyed every page of this story. Highly recommended
07/18/2015
I quite agree with Webstar on his opinion about the ending. Although, the gradual unfolding of the mystery was brilliant and dynamic, at the end when the underlying mystery suddenly began to reveal, it turned out to be a dull and mediocre ending.
The plot was creative enough, but I wish the writing had been creative like the plot. The writing was too descriptive, as if I was reading a text book.
09/20/2012
Mystery genre shouldn't be a field which this author should try, because certainly it failed. The characters were built weakly and with the flow of the story characters rather weaken their impact, specially that of detective Flexen, Mr. Manely and James Hutchings.
The story opens with the events of Lord Loudwater, portrayed as an ill-tempered person whom everyone hates for his bad manners. The mystery begins with the murder of him and in search of the murderer. As usually found in mediocre detective novels, a few characters visited the victim at the time of murder, which implicates them to be the suspected and the story flows onward to unfold each of their motives until the murderer is found.
At the end, although the murderer was found, it was the detective who let the murderer go free due to not having enough evidences to provide in the trial against the murderer, which rather is a weak and dumb portrayal of the detective character. The author also tried to send a vibe to the readers that the murderer did rather a 'service' by murdering ill-tempered Lord Loudwater and I really loathe this vibe of author. A murder can no way be justified for the ill manners of a person.
Actually, it's not a full mystery genre, it's more like a drama genre.
I do not recommend this because you will find far better mystery stories than this one to spend your valuable leisure time.
09/18/2012
Absolutely mind-boggling, wonderfully plotted and certainly worth reading. However, to my opinion, author could have make any other character guilty other than ...let's say his name is X. Sorry I can't disclose criminal's identity now. Taking consideration of prospective readers I don't want to spoil their excitement.
But I really don't approve of X being guilty becuase his motive behind the crime was not wicked at all. Basically it is a 5 star novel. Anyways, I'm giving 4 stars because I think there were more wicked characters than X who deserved to be guilty.
01/30/2012
This is a fantastic detective story. I bet you will keep on guessing who is the guilty till a few last chapters. The story and circumstances were cleverly set up by the author and they would point the finger at different characters in different times. Absolutely enjoyable plot. I also liked the climax at the very beginning of the story when the antagonist parted from his parents.
01/27/2012
I guessed correctly who was the villain while I finished half of the story. However the writing style of the author is brilliant and can detain you until the story ends.
12/06/2011
A ramble of Social complexities experienced by the protagonist Pip...
Nothing fascinating here for adventure, thriller or mystery lovers among whom I'm one. Didn't like it at all.
09/03/2011
Mike C. Erickson - Politics With a Hilarious Twist
FEATURED AUTHOR - Author Mike C. Erickson grew up in the idyllic college town of Logan, Utah, but because of a twist of fate he graduated from high school in Honolulu. He left Hawaii brimming with aloha and enrolled at Utah State, where he was awarded two degrees and self-proclaimed minor intellectual status, which was of dubious value when the US Army invited him to vacation in South-East Asia. Ten days after leaving Vietnam, he began decades of dispensing pearls of wisdom as a high school history teacher,… Read more