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The Daffodil Mystery

Edgar Wallace (1875-1932)

1. Chapter 01
2. Chapter 02
3. Chapter 03
4. Chapter 04
5. Chapter 05
6. Chapter 06
7. Chapter 07
8. Chapter 08
9. Chapter 09
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16
17. Chapter 17
18. Chapter 18
19. Chapter 19
20. Chapter 20
21. Chapter 21
22. Chapter 22
23. Chapter 23
24. Chapter 24
25. Chapter 25
26. Chapter 26
27. Chapter 27
28. Chapter 28
29. Chapter 29
30. Chapter 30
31. Chapter 31
32. Chapter 32
33. Chapter 33
34. Chapter 34
35. Chapter 35
36. Chapter 36
37. Chapter 37
38. Chapter 38

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Set in England at the turn of the 20th century, Wallace’s crime novel The Daffodil Mystery follows the mysterious circumstances under which shop owner Lyne has been murdered. Accordingly, it is up to detective Jack Tarling and his trusted Chinese assistant to solve the case and reach an appropriate and just resolution. Moreover, the happenings within the novel are intensified by the colorful set of characters, which are marked by their plausible façade and contribute to the novel’s appeal. The crime novel opens when womanizer Thornton Lyne, also a wealthy heir and owner of a well-established store, makes an indecent proposition to his beautiful young cashier Odette Rider, who consequently leaves her job over the incident. Inflamed by her rejection, the obnoxious shop owner comes up with a scheme to frame her for a theft she did not commit as a means of reprisal. Even though Lyne is aware that Rider had no part in the embezzlement, he remains eager to make her regret ever crossing paths with him. Incidentally, he learns the identity of the true culprit behind the missing company funds, which turns out to be none other than the manager Mr. Milburgh, but still goes about accusing Rider. Subsequently, Lyne’s detective cousin, Jack Tarling, and his associate return from their temporary stay in China, where both men were notorious for their exceptional skills at chasing down the most dangerous of criminals. Tarling offers to assist in resolving the case which has occurred in his cousin’s store, but then declines after learning of Lyne’s conniving to set up an innocent woman. The tables are turned when Lyne is found dead in Hyde Park with a bunch of daffodils laid out across his chest. With evidence pointing to the most liable suspect, Tarling and his companion must look at all possibilities without ruling out any suspects in order to bring justice not only to the victim, but to all parties involved. Wallace cleverly concocts the plot by allowing the audience to play detective and seek out the person behind the elusive murder, while cleverly maneuvered by false assumptions. Abundant with mystery, suspense, and unexpected twists, the novel is sure to mesmerize with its clever style and well-conceived plot that keeps one guessing until the very end.



Well written story worth listening to even if a few readers were harder to listen to.


- The daffodil mystery

Shame about some of the readers and I guessed the murderer too early


- Daffodil Mystery

This is a decent book. Most of the reader a great, except the lady who reads chapter 26. It is hard to get through her chapters without feeling like I'm going to fall asleep, and the chapters aren't long. Also this book is way longer than what it has to stopped at chapter 25. I was about to got to 26 but heard the familiar reader and gave up.


- The Daffodil Mystery

I really enjoyed this story. It was well paced and kept me guessing until the end. The readers were pleasant to listen to as well.


- The Daffodil Mystery

Another well paced and very good story by Edgar Wallace, some of the readers are easier to listen to than others.


- Daffodil mystery

Very good story which keeps you guessing right until the end. Very good readers as well!