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The Hampstead Mystery

The Hampstead Mystery by John R. Watson
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A Murder Whodunit!
Location: Hampstead, England.
Victim: Sir Horace Fewbanks, a distinguished High Court judge. Cause of death: gun shot wound.
Investigator: Private Detective Crewe, a wealthy bachelor who has taken up crime detection as a hobby, because it provides intellectual challenges more satisfying even than playing twelve simultaneous boards against Russian chess champion Turgieff.
His sidekick: Joe is a fourteen year old Cockney boy, whom Crewe saved from a life of crime by hiring him as a messenger-boy and shadower.
Other whodunit elements: clues galore, suspects in abundance, an inquest, a trial, and an elegant resolution.

First Page:

THE HAMPSTEAD MYSTERY

BY JOHN R. WATSON & ARTHUR J. REES

1916

TO ARTHUR BLACK IN MEMORY OF OLD TIMES

CHAPTER I

"Hallo! Is that Hampstead Police Station?"

"Yes. Who are you?"

"Detective Inspector Chippenfield of Scotland Yard. Tell Inspector Seldon I want him, and be quick about it."

"Yes, sir. Hang on, sir. I'll put you through to him at once."

Detective Inspector Chippenfield, of Scotland Yard, waited with the receiver held to his ear. While he waited he scrutinised keenly a sheet of paper which lay on the desk in front of him. It was a flimsy, faintly ruled sheet from a cheap writing pad, blotted and soiled, and covered with sprawling letters which had been roughly printed at irregular intervals as though to hide the identity of the writer. But the letters formed words, and the words read:

SIR HORACE FEWBANKS WAS MURDERED LAST NIGHT

WHO DID IT I DONT KNOW SO IT IS NO USE TRYING TO FIND OUT WHO I AM YOU WILL FIND HIS DEAD BODY IN THE LIBRARY AT RIVERSBROOK

HE WAS SHOT THOUGH THE HEART

"Hallo!"

"Is that you, Inspector Chippenfield?"

"Yes... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 4 reviews)

October 20, 2014
Subject: Great
One of the hidden gems of the site. The main reader LR is really, really excellent too!
Reviewer: - May 14, 2013
Good and mostly very well read.
Reviewer: - February 18, 2013
Subject: surprising whodunit
Enjoyable period mystery
Reviewer: - February 18, 2013
Subject: Good tale
Good story, lots of surprises and all of them fair ;-) Very good reader.


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