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The Mystery of Cloomber

The Mystery of Cloomber by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
By: (1859-1930)

This novel is written by the author of, among other novels, the Stories of Sherlock Holmes. It is narrated by John Fothergill West, who tries to discover why the tenant of Cloomber Hall, General Heatherstone, is nervous to the point of being paranoid. Why are his fears becoming stronger every year at the fifth of October? And why doesn't he let his children leave home? This is a great mystery novel with a sharp twist at the end.

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THE MYSTERY OF CLOOMBER

By Arthur Conan Doyle

CONTENTS

I THE HEGIRA OF THE WESTS FROM EDINBURGH

II OF THE STRANGE MANNER IN WHICH A TENANT CAME TO CLOOMBER

III OF OUR FURTHER ACQUAINTANCE WITH MAJOR GENERAL J. B. HEATHERSTONE

IV OF A YOUNG MAN WITH A GREY HEAD

V HOW FOUR OF US CAME TO BE UNDER THE SHADOW OF CLOOMBER

VI HOW I CAME TO BE ENLISTED AS ONE OF THE GARRISON OF CLOOMBER

VII OF CORPORAL RUFUS SMITH AND HIS COMING TO CLOOMBER

VIII STATEMENT OF ISRAEL STAKES

IX NARRATIVE OF JOHN EASTERLING, F.R.C.P. EDIN.

X OF THE LETTER WHICH CAME FROM THE HALL

XI OF THE CASTING AWAY OF THE BARQUE "BELINDA"

XII OF THE THREE FOREIGN MEN UPON THE COAST

XIII IN WHICH I SEE THAT WHICH HAS BEEN SEEN BY FEW

XIV OF THE VISITOR WHO RAN DOWN THE ROAD IN THE NIGHT TIME

XV THE DAY BOOK OF JOHN BERTHIER HEATHERSTONE

XVI AT THE HOLE OF CREE

CHAPTER I. THE HEGIRA OF THE WESTS FROM EDINBURGH

I John Fothergill West, student of law in the University of St. Andrews, have endeavoured in the ensuing pages to lay my statement before the public in a concise and business like fashion... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - December 28, 2015
Interesting but not very suspenseful story overall. The narrator was very good with various voices for the characters. ( Chapter 8 narration has an accent very difficult to understand, but the chapter doesn't contain any necessary plot points, so can be skipped if needed.) Not my favorite Doyle story but worth a listen.
Reviewer: - June 8, 2015
Subject: The Mystery of Cloomber
Not one of the great stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Maybe it was my lack of comprehension but I found that there was a certain confusion about the various religions referred to, Hindus, Buddhists, etc as if they were all one? Also, if the 'thrice blessed one' was so learned, why did he not see 'it' coming and avoid the situation, thereby negating the suffering that was to come? The narrator while mostly good has made it hard for the listener. In his effort to create individual characters some of those characters cannot be understood.


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