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The Ivory Snuff Box   By: (1873-1943)

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The Ivory Snuff Box by Frederic Arnold Kummer is a captivating detective novel that promises excitement from beginning to end. Set in the heart of New York City during the early 20th century, the story follows the enigmatic detective Ralph Burton as he delves into the mysterious case of a missing ivory snuff box.

Kummer skillfully introduces readers to a world of opulence, intrigue, and secrets, transporting them back in time with vivid descriptions and attention to detail. The author's ability to paint a vivid picture of the era allows readers to immerse themselves in the story effortlessly.

The protagonist, Ralph Burton, is a refreshingly complex character in a genre that often relies on clichés. Burton's dedication to his craft, his determination, and unwavering belief in justice make him a compelling figure to follow. As the story progresses, the personal stakes become increasingly high for Burton, adding an extra layer of suspense and intensity to the already gripping narrative.

The plot unfolds at an engaging pace, with a seamless balance between action-packed sequences and slower, more introspective moments. Kummer’s mastery of storytelling keeps readers on their toes, constantly guessing and speculating as they attempt to piece together the puzzle alongside the detective.

The supporting cast is equally well-developed, each with their own motivations and secrets that add depth to the overall narrative. Kummer excels at creating memorable characters, making it easy for readers to become emotionally invested in their fates.

One of the book's standout features is the author's meticulous attention to detail when it comes to historical accuracy. The period accuracy shines through in every aspect, from the descriptions of fashion and architecture to the social dynamics of the time. This level of authenticity adds depth and richness to the story, making it even more immersive.

However, despite its many strengths, the book does suffer from occasional pacing issues. Some scenes, while beautifully written, feel slightly overdrawn, leading to a sporadic loss of momentum. Nonetheless, these moments are relatively minor and do not detract significantly from the overall enjoyment of the story.

Overall, The Ivory Snuff Box is a masterfully crafted detective novel that effortlessly transports readers to a captivating era of glamour, mystery, and suspense. Kummer's attention to historical detail, combined with a compelling protagonist and a plot that keeps readers gripped until the final page, ensures that this book is a must-read for fans of the genre.

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Copyright, 1912, by W. J. WATT & COMPANY

Published October.



The last thing that sounded in Richard Duvall's ears as he left the office of Monsieur Lefevre, Prefect of Police of Paris, were the latter's words, spoken in a voice of mingled confidence and alarm, "The fortunes of a nation may depend upon your faithfulness. Go, and God be with you." He entered the automobile which was drawn up alongside the curb, and accompanied by Vernet, one of the Prefect's assistants, was soon threading the torrent of traffic which pours through the Rue de Rivoli .

The thoughts which lay uppermost in the detective's mind were of Grace, his wife; Grace Ellicott, who had become Grace Duvall but little more than an hour before. By this time he had expected to be on his way to Cherbourg, en route to New York, with Grace by his side. They had looked forward so happily to their honeymoon, on shipboard, and now he found himself headed for London on this mysterious expedition, and Grace waiting for him in vain at the pension . The thought was maddening. He swore softly to himself as he looked out at the crowded street.

Monsieur Lefevre had no right to ask so great a sacrifice of him, he grumbled... Continue reading book >>

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