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The Mystery of 31 New Inn

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Jeffrey Blackmore suspiciously made two wills, both deceptively alike, but still, in a cunning way, completely different. John Thorndyke, equally cunning and smart, smells something fishy. With stylish cool and logic, he leads the story up to its marvelous and fully credible climax.

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THE MYSTERY OF 31 NEW INN

BY R. AUSTIN FREEMAN

Author of "The Red Thumb Mark," "The Eye of Osiris," etc.

TO MY FRIEND

BERNARD E. BISHOP

Preface

Commenting upon one of my earlier novels, in respect of which I had claimed to have been careful to adhere to common probabilities and to have made use only of really practicable methods of investigation, a critic remarked that this was of no consequence whatever, so long as the story was amusing.

Few people, I imagine, will agree with him. To most readers, and certainly to the kind of reader for whom an author is willing to take trouble, complete realism in respect of incidents and methods is an essential factor in maintaining the interest of a detective story. Hence it may be worth while to mention that Thorndyke's method of producing the track chart, described in Chapters II and III, has been actually used in practice. It is a modification of one devised by me many years ago when I was crossing Ashanti to the city of Bontuku, the whereabouts of which in the far interior was then only vaguely known... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 3 reviews)

Reviewer: - May 8, 2015
Subject: Mystery of 31 New Inn
A good tale and as previously stated Jervais is extremely dull, few good narrators many ordinary some poor.
Reviewer: - March 24, 2015
Subject: 31 New Inn
Another good tale from R. Austin Freeman though Thorndykes assistant Jervais is stupid beyond belief Some good some average and a couple of poor readers but overall enjoyable.
Reviewer: - October 17, 2013
Subject: Outstanding
"A cracking good yarn" to use a hackneyed phrase, but valid in any case. Full of surprises and doppleganger characters, it kept me interested all the way thru.


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