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A Murder Whodunit!Location: Hampstead, England.Victim: Sir Horace Fewbanks, a distinguished High Court judge. Cause of death: gun shot wound.Investigator: Private Detective Crewe, a wealthy bachelor who has taken up crime detection as a hobby, because it provides intellectual challenges more satisfying even than playing twelve simultaneous boards against Russian chess champion Turgieff.His sidekick: Joe is a fourteen year old Cockney boy, whom Crewe saved from a life of crime by hiring him as a messenger-boy and shadower.Other whodunit elements: clues galore, suspects in abundance, an inquest, a trial, and an elegant resolution.
This book has a twisty plot that maintains the reader's interest, although its structure doesn't always make the most of its revelations. The main reader is a bit wooden but this somehow adds to the period feel of the story. It's fascinating to see early examples of the murder mystery genre.
One of the hidden gems of the site. The main reader LR is really, really excellent too!
Good and mostly very well read.
Enjoyable period mystery
Good story, lots of surprises and all of them fair ;-) Very good reader.
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