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The Master Mummer   By: (1866-1946)

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The Master Mummer by Edward Phillips Oppenheim is a thrilling and intricately woven tale of deception, mystery, and adventure that will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page.

Set in the early 20th century, the story revolves around the enigmatic character of Aaron Rodgers, a renowned actor and the ultimate master of disguise. Rodgers, also known as "The Master Mummer," possesses an uncanny ability to transform himself into anyone he desires, making him an exceedingly dangerous adversary.

When a series of audacious crimes begin to plague society, causing unrest and panic amongst the elite, Detective Inspector Parrish is assigned the challenging task of tracking down the elusive culprit. As Parrish delves deeper into the web of deceit and subterfuge, he soon realizes that he is up against not only a criminal genius but also an artist of deception. The chase becomes a battle of wits, as each move by one is quickly countered by the other.

Oppenheim masterfully keeps readers guessing throughout the narrative, employing clever plot twists and unexpected revelations that leave no opportunity for boredom. The pacing is relentless, with gripping moments of suspense that will have readers eagerly turning the pages. The author's vivid descriptions bring the settings and characters to life, immersing the reader in a world filled with danger and intrigue.

While the central focus of the story revolves around the cat-and-mouse game between Parrish and Rodgers, Oppenheim also explores themes of identity, morality, and the inherent nature of deception. The characters are multi-dimensional, with their own flaws and motivations, adding depth to the story.

Another strength of The Master Mummer is Oppenheim's ability to capture the essence of the era. By incorporating elements of the socio-political climate of the time, he paints a vivid picture of the challenges faced by both the upper and lower classes. The stark contrast between opulence and poverty, as well as the struggles for power and influence, serve as a backdrop to the main narrative.

Although some may argue that certain plot points could have been further developed, the overall execution of the novel is superb. Oppenheim's writing style is engaging, his dialogue crisp and believable, and his storytelling ability is top-notch.

In conclusion, The Master Mummer is a highly entertaining and engrossing read that will satisfy fans of mystery, detective fiction, and historical thrillers. With its well-crafted plot, memorable characters, and expertly built suspense, this novel exemplifies Edward Phillips Oppenheim's prowess as a master storyteller.

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The Master Mummer


Author of "Anna, the Adventuress," "A Prince of Sinners," "The Betrayal," Etc.


A. L. BURT COMPANY Publishers New York

Copyright , 1904, BY LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY.

All rights reserved

[Illustration: "Let the boy have his chance," said Allan.]

The Master Mummer

Book I


Sheets of virgin manuscript paper littered my desk, the smoke of much uselessly consumed tobacco hung about the room in a little cloud. Many a time I had dipped my pen in the ink, only to find myself a few minutes later scrawling ridiculous little figures upon the margin of my blotting pad. It was not at all an auspicious start for one who sought immortality.

There came a growl presently from the other side of the room, where Mabane, attired in a disreputable smock, with a short black pipe in the corner of his mouth, was industriously defacing a small canvas. Mabane was tall and fair and lean, with a mass of refractory hair which was the despair of his barber; a Scotchman with keen blue eyes, and humorous mouth amply redeeming his face from the plainness which would otherwise have been its lot... Continue reading book >>

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