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The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley   By: (1863-1928)

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In Louis Tracy's mystery thriller, readers are taken on a suspenseful journey through the web of secrets surrounding the enigmatic character of Mortimer Fenley. Set against the backdrop of a small town, the story expertly combines elements of mystery and romance to keep readers engaged from beginning to end.

The protagonist, Mortimer Fenley, is a complex and intriguing character whose every action leaves readers speculating about his true motives. Tracy skillfully builds suspense by gradually disclosing Fenley's past and skillfully weaving it together with the present circumstances. As the layers of Fenley's persona are unraveled, readers are left questioning their own perceptions and assumptions.

One of the strongest aspects of the novel is Tracy's writing style, which effortlessly immerses readers into the vivid settings and captivating plot. The small town atmosphere is vividly portrayed, with rich descriptions that paint a vivid picture in the reader's mind. Tracy's attention to detail ensures that every scene feels authentic, allowing the reader to emotionally connect with both the characters and the events unfolding.

Mystery enthusiasts will find themselves engrossed in the many twists and turns that this novel delivers. Tracy masterfully drops hints throughout the narrative, keeping readers on the edge of their seats, eagerly trying to piece together the puzzles presented. The author's clever incorporation of red herrings ensures that the true resolution remains a surprise until the very end.

Furthermore, Tracy's depiction of the romance subplot brings a refreshing layer of emotion to the story. The relationship between Mortimer Fenley and another key character is tender and genuine, adding depth to both their individual development and the overall narrative. It is a testament to Tracy's storytelling prowess that, amidst the mystery and suspense, he manages to create a heartfelt connection that resonates with readers.

However, the novel does have a few flaws that prevent it from reaching its full potential. The pacing, at times, feels uneven, with certain sections dragging on while others unfold too rapidly. Additionally, some secondary characters lack the same level of depth and development as the main protagonists, causing them to feel somewhat one-dimensional.

In conclusion, The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley is an engaging and well-crafted mystery thriller. Louis Tracy's superb storytelling skills, combined with his ability to create memorable characters and deviate from traditional plot structures, make for an enjoyable reading experience. Despite its minor flaws, this novel will undoubtedly captivate fans of the genre, leaving them eagerly anticipating Tracy's next work.

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THE STRANGE CASE OF MORTIMER FENLEY

BY LOUIS TRACY

AUTHOR OF

THE WINGS OF THE MORNING, NUMBER SEVENTEEN, ETC.

GROSSET & DUNLAP PUBLISHERS NEW YORK

Made in the United States of America

COPYRIGHT, 1919, BY EDWARD J. CLODE

PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. THE WATER NYMPHS 1

II. "WHO HATH DONE THIS THING?" 19

III. THE HOUNDS 39

IV. BREAKING COVER 59

V. A FAMILY GATHERING 79

VI. WHEREIN FURNEAUX SEEKS INSPIRATION 101

VII. SOME SIDE ISSUES 123

VIII. COINCIDENCES 145

IX. WHEREIN AN ARTIST BECOMES A MAN OF ACTION 166

X. FURNEAUX STATES SOME FACTS 189

XI. SOME PRELIMINARY SKIRMISHING 211

XII. WHEREIN SCOTLAND YARD IS DINED AND WINED 229

XIII. CLOSE QUARTERS 246

XIV. THE SPREADING OF THE NET 266

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