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The Riddle of the Frozen Flame

Mary E. Hanshew (1852-1927) and Thomas W. Hanshew (1857-1914)

1. 01 - Chapter I The Law
2. 02 - Chapter II The Frozen Flames
3. 03 - Chapter III Sunshine and Shadow
4. 04 - An Evil Genius
5. 05 - The Spectre at the Feast
6. 06 - A Shot in the Dark
7. 07 - The Watcher in the Shadow
8. 08 - The Victim
9. 09 - The Second Victim
10. 10 - -- And the Lady
11. 11 - The Secret of the Flames
12. 12 - As a Thief in the Night
13. 13 - A Gruesome Discovery
14. 14 - The Spin of the Wheel
15. 15 - A Startling Disclosure
16. 16 - Trapped!
17. 17 - In the Cell
18. 18 - Possible Excitement
19. 19 - What Took Place at the 'Pig and Whistle'
20. 20 - At the Inquest
21. 21 - Questions -- and Answers
22. 22 - A New Departure
23. 23 - Prisoners
24. 24 - In the Dark
25. 25 - The Web of Circumstance
26. 26 - Justice and Justification
27. 27 - The Solving of the Riddle
28. 28 - 'Toward Morning...'

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Another full-length mystery story featuring Hamilton Cleek, whom we met first in Cleek: The Man of the Forty Faces. This time, Cleek investigates the sinister disappearance of people and the mysterious appearance of flames at night in the desolate Fens, and his friend Superintendent Narkom of Scotland Yard tries to solve some tricky cases of bank robberies in London.While not quite up to the standard we have come to expect from previous Cleek adventures, it is still quite a jolly romp, and Cleek's cockney sidekick Dollops is always good fun.



Well read by Ruth, loved the different voices...and a charming tale


- The Riddle of the Frozen Flame

Ruth Golding does a wonderful narration for this good story, not as clever as previous stories but enjoyable never the less.

andy wogan

- riddle of the frozen flame

Ruth's telling of the tale is very good though I did not find the story itself as compelling as the first Whilst I realise this is from a different era with different attitudes, the chap who everyone loved I found to be most obnoxious. Still a couple of red herrings thrown in to keep it interesting.


Different from Cleek: man of the forty faces in which the majority of the book is told from the person who needed Cleek's services. The last quarter of the book is Cleek and his cleverness. Another win for this series :-)