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The La Chance Mine Mystery   By: (1864?-1926)

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The La Chance Mine Mystery by Susan Morrow Jones takes readers on an immersive journey through a thrilling mystery set against the backdrop of the Wild West. From the very first page, the author captivates the reader with a vivid depiction of life in the mining town of La Chance.

The story follows Ellie Sanders, a headstrong and fiercely independent young woman who uncovers a series of mysterious events surrounding the town's most profitable mine. As Ellie pursues the truth, she embarks on a dangerous quest full of unexpected twists and turns.

One of the remarkable strengths of this novel is the authentic portrayal of the time period and its characters. Jones skillfully brings the Wild West to life through her rich descriptions and meticulous attention to historical detail. The reader becomes fully immersed in the sights, sounds, and even the smells of La Chance, making it easy to imagine yourself right beside the characters.

The character development also shines in this book. Ellie is a dynamic and relatable protagonist, who grows not only through her pursuit of the mystery but also through her relationships with other townspeople. Supporting characters such as the gruff yet wise Sheriff Johnson and the enigmatic stranger, Daniel, add depth to the story and keep readers guessing about their true motives.

The plot itself is intricately woven, as each clue and revelation leads Ellie closer to uncovering the truth. The pacing is superb, with just the right balance of suspense and action-packed sequences. Jones masterfully builds tension throughout the narrative, keeping readers on the edge of their seats until the surprising and satisfying conclusion.

Moreover, the book handles themes of justice, loyalty, and the power of determination exceptionally well. Ellie's unwavering resolve to bring justice to the town is inspiring and serves as a testament to the strength of the human spirit.

However, one minor drawback of the book is that some of the supporting characters could have been further developed to enhance their impact on the story. There are a few missed opportunities to delve deeper into their backstories and motivations, which would have added an extra layer of complexity to the overall narrative.

In conclusion, The La Chance Mine Mystery is a captivating historical mystery that will transport readers to the intriguing world of the Wild West. Susan Morrow Jones demonstrates her talent for storytelling with her impeccable attention to detail, well-developed characters, and an enthralling plot. This book is a must-read for fans of mystery and historical fiction alike, and it will leave readers eagerly anticipating Jones' next endeavor.

First Page:

THE LA CHANCE MINE MYSTERY

BY

S. CARLETON

WITH FRONTISPIECE BY

GEORGE W. GAGE

BOSTON

LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY

1920

Copyright, 1920 , BY LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY.

All rights reserved

Published March, 1920

[Illustration: "I STOOD UP AND DROVE FOR ALL I WAS WORTH, AND THE GIRL BESIDE ME SHOT, AND HIT!" FRONTISPIECE. See page 76. ]

THE LA CHANCE MINE MYSTERY

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. I COME HOME: AND THE WOLVES HOWL 1

II. MY DREAM: AND DUDLEY'S GIRL 16

III. DUDLEY'S MINE: AND DUDLEY'S GOLD 30

IV. THE MAN IN THE DARK 46

V. THE CARAQUET ROAD: AND THE WOLVES HOWL ONCE MORE 56

VI. MOSTLY WOLVES: AND A GIRL 71

VII. I FIND LITTLE ENOUGH ON THE CORDUROY ROAD, AND LESS AT SKUNK'S MISERY 86

VIII. THOMPSON! 100

IX. TATIANA PAULINA VALENKA! 116

X. I INTERFERE FOR THE LAST TIME 134

XI. MACARTNEY HEARS A NOISE: AND I FIND FOUR DEAD MEN 148

XII. THOMPSON'S CARDS: AND SKUNK'S MISERY 164

XIII. A DEAD MAN'S MESSENGER 182

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