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The Big Bow Mystery

The Big Bow Mystery by Israel Zangwill
By: (1864-1926)

It’s a cold and foggy night in London. A man is horribly murdered in his bedroom, the door locked and bolted on the inside. Scotland Yard is stumped. Yet the seemingly unsolvable case has, as Inspector Grodman says, “one sublimely simple solution” that is revealed in a final chapter full of revelations and a shocking denouement. Detective fiction afficionados will be happy to learn that all the evidence to solve the case is provided. One of the earliest “locked room” mystery stories, The Big Bow Mystery is also a satire of late Victorian society. (Summary by Adrian Praetzellis)

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THE GREY WIG

Stories and Novelettes

by

I. Zangwill

Author of "The Mantle of Elijah" "Children of the Ghetto" etc., etc.

1923

TO MY MOTHER AND SISTERS THIS BOOK Mainly a Study of Woman IS LOVINGLY DEDICATED

PREFATORY NOTE

This Volume embraces my newest and oldest work, and includes for the sake of uniformity of edition a couple of shilling novelettes that are out of print.

I.Z.

Mentone, February, 1903.

CONTENTS

THE GREY WIG CHASSÉ CROISÉ THE WOMAN BEATER THE ETERNAL FEMININE THE SILENT SISTERS THE BIG BOW MYSTERY MERELY MARY ANN THE SERIO COMIC GOVERNESS

THE GREY WIG

I

They both styled themselves "Madame," but only the younger of the old ladies had been married. Madame Valière was still a demoiselle , but as she drew towards sixty it had seemed more convenable to possess a mature label. Certainly Madame Dépine had no visible matrimonial advantages over her fellow lodger at the Hôtel des Tourterelles, though in the symmetrical cemetery of Montparnasse (Section 22) wreaths of glass beads testified to a copious domesticity in the far past, and a newspaper picture of a chasseur d'Afrique pinned over her bed recalled though only the uniform was the dead soldier's the son she had contributed to France's colonial empire... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - September 24, 2014
Adriana reading and character voices is excellent I enjoyed the tale though still undecided about the ending I not a scholar of ancient oriental text but there was a mention of the world being held up by an elephant standing on the back of a tortoise I wondered if Terry Prachett had found inspiration for discworld from this novel
Reviewer: - April 17, 2013
Subject: I'd like to say I loved it...
Let me start by saying that the reading is excellent and really helped build atmosphere. Unfortunately, I found the style of writing a bit wandering and the ultimate solution a bit uninspiring. I'd like to say I loved it, but I didn't.


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