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Littlebourne Lock by F. Bayford Harrison is a captivating mystery novel that takes readers on a thrilling journey through the English countryside. Set in the picturesque surroundings of Littlebourne, a charming village with an intriguing history, the book weaves together a tale of secrets, betrayal, and redemption.

The story centers around Alice, a young woman who inherits a dilapidated cottage after her aunt's sudden demise. As Alice delves into renovating the property, she stumbles upon an old diary hidden within the walls. This discovery sets in motion a series of events that unearth long-buried secrets and unresolved mysteries.

Harrison’s writing style effortlessly brings Littlebourne to life, captivating readers with vivid descriptions of the village's idyllic landscape and vibrant cast of characters. The author masterfully intertwines past and present, effortlessly switching between eras to reveal the hidden connections between the characters.

The pacing of the book is one of its strongest aspects, as Harrison skillfully maintains a delicate balance between suspense and character development. With each turn of the page, the layers of mystery deepen, prompting the reader to become further immersed in the story. Every twist and turn feels purposeful, propelling the narrative forward and keeping readers guessing until the very end.

The characters in Littlebourne Lock are well-developed and relatable, with their flaws and vulnerabilities making them feel like real people. Alice, in particular, undergoes a fascinating transformation throughout the story, grappling with her own identity and uncovering her family's dark secrets. Supporting characters, such as the enigmatic historian and the eccentric neighbors, add depth and intrigue to the narrative, making it difficult to put the book down.

The book's atmospheric setting is also a standout feature, evoking a sense of both tranquility and foreboding. The author's attention to detail in describing the quaint canals, the mesmerizing locks, and the charming village pubs immerses the reader in the story's world, making it feel like a character in itself.

While the plot of Littlebourne Lock is undeniably engaging, there are moments when the pacing slows down, particularly during the extensive historical background sections. However, these detours ultimately contribute to the richness of the story, and it is through these historical accounts that the true heart of Littlebourne Lock is revealed.

In conclusion, Littlebourne Lock is a captivating mystery that successfully combines history, suspense, and a quaint English village setting. F. Bayford Harrison's skillful storytelling and intricate plot make this book a must-read for fans of mystery and historical fiction. Prepare to be transported to the enchanting world of Littlebourne, where secrets lurk beneath the surface, waiting to be uncovered.

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[Illustration: "I'VE SPILT THE SOUP, AND BROKE THE JUG."]

LITTLEBOURNE LOCK.

BY

F. BAYFORD HARRISON,

Author of "Brothers in Arms;" "Battlefield Treasure;" "Missy;" &c.

ILLUSTRATED.

LONDON:

BLACKIE & SON, LIMITED, 49 OLD BAILEY, E.C.

GLASGOW, EDINBURGH, AND DUBLIN.

CONTENTS.

CHAP. Page

I. THE LOCK HOUSE, 7

II. NO. 103, 19

III. JULIET MITCHELL, 32

IV. THE "PRETTY CHURCHYARD," 44

V. ON THE RIVER, 59

VI. MISSING! 73

VII. FOUND! 80

VIII. BETTERING HERSELF, 93

IX. BACK IN LONDON, 108

X. THE ADVENTURE OF THE "TURKEYS PIN," 120

XI. A THOROUGH CHANGE, 135

XII. A WONDERFUL DISCOVERY. 150

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