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The Lodger

The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes
By: (1868-1947)

The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes was inspired by the Jack the Ripper murders. An older couple, the Buntings, are forced to take in lodgers to make ends meet. They are on the verge of starvation when a mysterious man, Mr. Sleuth, appears at their door and asks for lodging, paying in advance. However, when the murders of young women in London attributed to a man known only as “The Avenger” continue, the Buntings, particularly Mrs. Bunting, grow fearful that their lodger may be the murderer.

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The Lodger

by Marie Belloc Lowndes

"Lover and friend hast thou put far from me, and mine acquaintance into darkness." PSALM lxxxviii. 18


Robert Bunting and Ellen his wife sat before their dully burning, carefully banked up fire.

The room, especially when it be known that it was part of a house standing in a grimy, if not exactly sordid, London thoroughfare, was exceptionally clean and well cared for. A casual stranger, more particularly one of a Superior class to their own, on suddenly opening the door of that sitting room; would have thought that Mr. and Mrs. Bunting presented a very pleasant cosy picture of comfortable married life. Bunting, who was leaning back in a deep leather arm chair, was clean shaven and dapper, still in appearance what he had been for many years of his life a self respecting man servant.

On his wife, now sitting up in an uncomfortable straight backed chair, the marks of past servitude were less apparent; but they were there all the same in her neat black stuff dress, and in her scrupulously clean, plain collar and cuffs... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 3 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - June 7, 2014
I agree with other reviewers in that there was no mystery to hold your attention as the book progresses. As well, the recorder was not pronouncing words correctly which becomes very distracting, very quickly.
Reviewer: - October 28, 2012
The reader was excellent but the book didn't manage to fascinate me. I expected an utterly captivating plot due to the fact that the book is based on the murders of Jack the ripper. There was no mystery to be discovered since the reader understands from the beggining what is going on with the lodger. However the book was brilliantly recorded and thus easy to follow.

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