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Ashton-Kirk, Investigator

John Thomas McIntyre (1871-1951)

1. 00 - Introduction
2. 01 - Pendleton Calls Upon Ashton-Kirk
3. 02 - Miss Edyth Vale States Her Case
4. 03 - The Portraits of General Wayne
5. 04 - Stillman's Theory
6. 05 - Stillman Asks Questions
7. 06 - Ashton-Kirk Looks About
8. 07 - The Schwartz-Michael Bayonet
9. 08 - THE NEWSPAPERS BEGIN TO PLAY THEIR PART
10. 09 - Miss Vale Tells What She Knows
11. 10 - Ashton-Kirk Asks Questions
12. 11 - Pendleton Is Vastly Enlightened
13. 12 - Antonio Spatola Appears
14. 13 - A New Light on Allan Morris
15. 14 - Miss Vale Unexpectedly Appears
16. 15 - Miss Vale Departs Suddenly
17. 16 - Steel Against Steel
18. 17 - What Happened On The Road
19. 18 - ASHTON-KIRK TELLS WHY
20. 19 - The Two Reports
21. 20 - One of the Old Sort
22. 21 - Ashton-Kirk Begins To Plan
23. 22 - Ashton-Kirk Is Annoyed
24. 23 - The Secret of the Portrait
25. 24 - The Second Night
26. 25 - Approaching The Finish
27. 26 - The Finish

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Summary

Ashton-Kirk, who has solved so many mysteries, is himself something of a problem even to those who know him best. Although young, wealthy, and of high social position, he is nevertheless an indefatigable worker in his chosen field. He smiles when men call him a detective. "No; only an investigator," he says.He has never courted notoriety; indeed, his life has been more or less secluded. However, let a man do remarkable work in any line and, as Emerson has observed, "the world will make a beaten path to his door."Those who have found their way to Ashton-Kirk's door have been of many races and interests. Men of science have often been surprised to find him in touch with the latest discoveries, scholars searching among strange tongues and dialects, and others deep in tattered scrolls, ancient tablets and forgotten books have been his frequent visitors. But among them come many who seek his help in solving problems in crime."I'm more curious than some other fellows, that's all," is the way he accounts for himself. "If a puzzle is put in front of me I can't rest till I know the answer." At any rate his natural bent has always been to make plain the mysterious; each well hidden step in the perpetration of a crime has always been for him an exciting lure; and to follow a thread, snarled by circumstances or by another intelligence has been, he admits, his chief delight.There are many strange things to be written of this remarkable man--but this, the case of the numismatist Hume, has been selected as the first because it is one of the simplest, and yet clearly illustrates Ashton-Kirk's peculiar talents. It will also throw some light on the question, often asked, as to how his cases come to him.

Reviews

JMR

- Well narrated

Good story very well narrated with credible accents.