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Dickory Dock   By: (1854-1914)

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Dickory Dock by L. T. Meade is a thrilling mystery novel that grips the reader from the very first page. Set in the early 20th century, the story takes place in the fictional town of Dalefield, where an eccentric and intriguing group of individuals reside.

The narrative follows the life of Miss Daisy Denison, a young and resourceful woman who finds herself caught up in a series of strange events. As the story unfolds, Meade skillfully constructs a web of mystery and suspense that keeps the reader guessing until the very end.

One of the most striking aspects of this novel is the vivid and atmospheric description of both the characters and the setting. Meade's attention to detail immerses the reader in the world of Dalefield and brings each character to life. From the peculiar Mr. John Smith to the enigmatic Lady Carey, the cast of characters is diverse and fascinating, each with their own secrets and motivations.

The plot itself is intricately woven, with unexpected twists and turns that keep the reader thoroughly engaged. As Daisy delves deeper into the mysteries surrounding the house at Dickory Dock, she uncovers a series of dark secrets that threaten not only her own life but also the lives of those she holds dear. Meade seamlessly moves between different timelines, which further enriches the complexity of the story and adds an additional layer of intrigue.

The writing style in the novel is clear and concise, allowing the reader to follow the unfolding events effortlessly. Meade's attention to pacing builds tension with each chapter, leaving the reader eager to turn the page and discover what lies ahead. Additionally, the integration of various themes such as loyalty, trust, and the power of secrets adds depth and substance to the narrative.

One aspect that may prove challenging for some readers is the sheer number of characters introduced throughout the story. While each character contributes to the overall plot, it can feel overwhelming to keep track of them all. However, this minor issue does not detract from the overall enjoyment of the novel.

In conclusion, Dickory Dock is an enthralling mystery that captivates readers with its compelling characters, intricate plot, and atmospheric setting. L. T. Meade's masterful storytelling keeps the reader on the edge of their seat throughout, leaving them hungry for more. Whether you are a fan of mystery novels or simply enjoy a well-crafted tale, this book is sure to leave a lasting impression.

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Edinburgh: Printed by W. & R. Chambers, Limited.


Of course there was a baby in the case a baby and mongrel dog, and a little boy and girl. They baby was small, and not particularly fair, but it had round limbs and a dimple or two, and a soft, half pathetic, half doggy look in its blue eyes, and the usual knack, which most helpless little babies have, of twining itself round the hearts of those who took care of it.

The caretakers of this baby were the two children and the dog. Of course a woman, who went by the name of nurse, did duty somewhere in the background; she washed the baby and dressed it in the morning, and she undressed it at night, and she prepared food for it; but the caretakers who called up smiles to the little white face, who caused the baby to show that enticing little dimple which it had in one of its cheeks, who made that strange, sweet, half pathetic, half humorous look come into its eyes, were the children and the dog. The baby had a sad history; it had entered the world with sorrow. Its mother had died at its birth, and the little wee orphan creature had been brought away almost directly to an uncle's house... Continue reading book >>

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