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The Secret Passage

The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume
By: (1859-1932)

Excellent murder mystery. On September 9, 1905, the NY Times Saturday Review of Books described this book as follows: “That painstakingly ingenious person, Fergus Hume, has devised another of his hide-and-seek, jack-o’-lantern murder mysteries. It begins with a queer and rich old woman found stabbed to death in her chair and not a clue to the murderer. Then so many clues turn up that even the story-book detective is bewildered. Then nearly everybody turns out to be somebody else under an alias, and all the clues lead nowhere…”

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THE SECRET PASSAGE

by

Fergus Hume

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I. THE COTTAGE II. THE CRIME III. A MYSTERIOUS DEATH IV. DETAILS V. LORD CARANBY'S ROMANCE VI. A PERPLEXING CASE VII. THE DETECTIVE VIII. THE COURSE OF TRUE LOVE IX. ANOTHER MYSTERY X. THE PARLOR MAID'S STORY XI. ON THE TRACK XII. JENNINGS ASKS QUESTIONS XIII. JULIET AT BAY XIV. MRS. OCTAGON EXPLAINS XV. A DANGEROUS ADMISSION XVI. JULIET'S STORY XVII. JULIET'S STORY CONTINUED XVIII. THE UNEXPECTED HAPPENS XIX. SUSAN'S DISCOVERY XX. BASIL XXI. AN EXPERIMENT XXII. THE SECRET ENTRANCE XXIII. A SCAMP'S HISTORY XXIV. REVENGE XXV. NEMESIS XXVI. CUTHBERT'S ENEMY

THE SECRET PASSAGE

CHAPTER I

THE COTTAGE

"What IS your name?"

"Susan Grant, Miss Loach."

"Call me ma'am. I am Miss Loach only to my equals. Your age?"

"Twenty five, ma'am."

"Do you know your work as parlor maid thoroughly?"

"Yes, ma'am. I was two years in one place and six months in another, ma'am... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 6 reviews)

Reviewer: - June 30, 2016
Subject: Secret Passage
This is a very good read. Majority of the readers are great. Very glad I stumbled across this book.
Reviewer: - June 30, 2016
Subject: Secret Passage
This is a very good read. Majority of the readers are great. Very glad I stumbled across this book.
Reviewer: - June 29, 2016
Subject: Secret Passage
This is a very good read. Majority of the readers are great. Very glad I stumbled across this book.
Reviewer: - September 13, 2014
Subject: The Secret Passage
A clever story but the quality of several of the readers leaves a lot to be desired and detracts from the story severely.
Reviewer: - September 9, 2014
Subject: the secret passage
Good story though a little disturbed by the anti-Semetism Also the readers insistence on calling the character Basil using the American version of the herb I found grating, have they never seen Fawlty Towers?
Reviewer: - March 18, 2014
Subject: The Secret Passage
Great story, characters, and twists. Beware of the different voices for different chapters....especially chapter 17 voice. It took away from the flow of the story.


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