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The Mystery of the Locks

The Mystery of the Locks by E.W. Howe
By: (1853-1937)

Davy's Bend was a dying, lonely, uncared for river town. So when a stranger showed up one day and bought the old unoccupied house called 'The Locks' one dreary day, the inhabitants of the town were naturally very curious about the stranger, and very curious about his reasons for buying the old house. The Locks had been known for years to display at nighttime a single light showing up in one room, and there was one room in the house which was strictly off-limits to anyone. What was the history behind The Locks that nobody dared to talk about? What was the reason for the stranger's unannounced arrival and purchase of The Locks? Small, dying towns tend to keep their secrets to themselves, and Davy's Bend was no exception. Nor was the stranger's. (Introduction by Roger Melin)

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THE MYSTERY OF THE LOCKS

BY E. W. HOWE

AUTHOR OF "THE STORY OF A COUNTRY TOWN"

BOSTON JAMES R. OSGOOD AND COMPANY 1885

Copyright, 1885 , BY JAMES R. OSGOOD AND COMPANY.

All Rights Reserved.

C. J. PETERS AND SON, ELECTROTYPERS.

CONTENTS.

I. THE TOWN OF DARK NIGHTS

II. THE LOCKS

III. THE FACE AT THE WINDOW

IV. DAVY'S BEND

V. A TROUBLED FANCY

VI. PICTURES IN THE FIRE

VII. THE LOCKS' GHOST

VIII. A REMARKABLE GIRL

IX. THE "APRON AND PASSWORD"

X. TUG WHITTLE'S BOOTY

XI. THE WHISPERS IN THE AIR

XII. RUINED BY KINDNESS

XIII. THE REBELLION OF THE BARITONE

XIV. THE ANCIENT MAIDEN

XV. A SHOT AT THE SHADOW

XVI. THE STEP ON THE STAIR

XVII. THE PURSUING SHADOW

XVIII. THE RISE IN THE RIVER

XIX. MR. WHITTLE MAKES A CONFESSION

XX. THE SEARCH IN THE WOODS

XXI. LITTLE BEN

XXII. TUG'S RETURN

XXIII. THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN

THE MYSTERY OF THE LOCKS.

CHAPTER I.

THE TOWN OF DARK NIGHTS.

Davy's Bend a river town, a failing town, and an old town, on a dark night, with a misty rain falling, and the stars hiding from the dangerous streets and walks of the failing town down by the sluggish river which seems to be hurrying away from it, too, like its institutions and its people, and as the light of the wretched day that has just closed hurried away from it a few hours since... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - September 21, 2013
Subject: A treat...
Excellent! Funny, sad and intelligent, with brilliant insights into human nature and the human condition. Read by master reader - Roger Melin.


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