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The Riddle of the Frozen Flame

The Riddle of the Frozen Flame by Mary E. Hanshew (1852-1927) and Thomas W. Hanshew (1857-1914)

Another full-length mystery story featuring Hamilton Cleek, whom we met first in Cleek: The Man of the Forty Faces. This time, Cleek investigates the sinister disappearance of people and the mysterious appearance of flames at night in the desolate Fens, and his friend Superintendent Narkom of Scotland Yard tries to solve some tricky cases of bank robberies in London.

While not quite up to the standard we have come to expect from previous Cleek adventures, it is still quite a jolly romp, and Cleek's cockney sidekick Dollops is always good fun.

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Author of "Cleek, the Man of Forty Faces," "Cleek of Scotland Yard," "Cleek's Government Cases," "The Riddle of the Night," "The Riddle of the Purple Emperor."


A.L. BURT COMPANY New York Published by arrangement with Doubleday, Page & Company



I. The Law

II. The Frozen Flames

III. Sunshine and Shadow

IV. An Evil Genius

V. The Spectre at the Feast

VI. A Shot in the Dark

VII. The Watcher in the Shadow

VIII. The Victim

IX. The Second Victim

X. And the Lady

XI. The Secret of the Flames

XII. "As a Thief in the Night "

XIII. A Gruesome Discovery

XIV. The Spin of the Wheel

XV. A Startling Disclosure

XVI. Trapped!

XVII. In the Cell

XVIII. Possible Excitement

XIX. What Took Place at "The Pig and Whistle"

XX. At the Inquest

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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 3 reviews)

Reviewer: - April 9, 2015
Subject: The Riddle of the Frozen Flame
Ruth Golding does a wonderful narration for this good story, not as clever as previous stories but enjoyable never the less.
Reviewer: - November 17, 2014
Subject: riddle of the frozen flame
Ruth's telling of the tale is very good though I did not find the story itself as compelling as the first Whilst I realise this is from a different era with different attitudes, the chap who everyone loved I found to be most obnoxious. Still a couple of red herrings thrown in to keep it interesting.
Reviewer: - June 1, 2013
Different from Cleek: man of the forty faces in which the majority of the book is told from the person who needed Cleek's services. The last quarter of the book is Cleek and his cleverness. Another win for this series :-)

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