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The Paternoster Ruby   By: (1875-)

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The Paternoster Ruby by Charles Edmonds Walk is a thrilling mystery novel that keeps readers on the edge of their seats from beginning to end. Set in the picturesque village of Little Waltham, the story follows the adventures of Detective Inspector Samuel Ravenscroft as he unravels the mystery behind the disappearance of the infamous Paternoster Ruby.

From the very first page, Walk's writing style captivates readers with its impeccable attention to detail and descriptive imagery. The village comes alive, its cobbled streets and thatched cottages vividly painted in the mind's eye. The author's ability to create a strong sense of place truly transports readers into the heart of the story.

The character development in The Paternoster Ruby is equally commendable. Detective Inspector Samuel Ravenscroft emerges as a complex and multi-dimensional protagonist. With his sharp intellect and unwavering determination, Ravenscroft is a compelling character to root for. His interactions with the other villagers, including the eccentric Miss Winifred Ashcroft and the enigmatic Professor Arthur Chamberlain, provide fascinating insights into the complexities of human nature.

The plot of the novel is intricately woven, filled with unexpected twists and turns that keep readers guessing until the very end. Walk masterfully plants clues and red herrings throughout the narrative, keeping us constantly engaged and eager to uncover the truth. The search for the missing Paternoster Ruby becomes a labyrinthine puzzle, taking Ravenscroft and the readers on a suspenseful journey through Little Waltham's dark secrets.

One of the standout aspects of the book is Walk's ability to incorporate historical context seamlessly into the narrative. The Paternoster Ruby's connection to a notorious unsolved crime from the 19th century adds depth and richness to the story. Historical facts and events are skillfully integrated, enhancing the overall reading experience and providing an additional layer of intrigue.

Furthermore, Walk's portrayal of the village community is nothing short of remarkable. Each character, no matter how minor, is carefully crafted and contributes to the overall tapestry of the story. The interactions among the villagers create a palpable sense of community, making readers feel like they are part of Little Waltham themselves.

While The Paternoster Ruby is undoubtedly a captivating and well-written mystery novel, some readers may find the pacing slow in certain sections. Walk meticulously sets the stage, which may test the patience of those looking for a faster-paced read. However, the careful buildup ultimately pays off in a satisfying resolution that ties up all loose ends.

In conclusion, The Paternoster Ruby by Charles Edmonds Walk is a masterfully crafted mystery novel, combining an engrossing plot, vivid imagery, and well-developed characters. Walk's ability to transport readers into the heart of Little Waltham makes this book a must-read for any fan of the genre.

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[Frontispiece: The gem lay between them, a splash of crimson flame]

The Paternoster Ruby

By CHARLES EDMONDS WALK

Author of "The Silver Blade," "The Yellow Circle," etc.

WITH FOUR ILLUSTRATIONS IN COLOR

BY J. V. McFALL

A. L. BURT COMPANY

PUBLISHERS

NEW YORK

COPYRIGHT

A. C. McCLURG & CO.

1910

Published, October 22, 1910

Entered at Stationers' Hall, London, England

TO

M. H. W.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I THE SHERIDAN PARK MYSTERY II THE PRIVATE SECRETARY III SOME DISCOVERIES IV THE RUBY V THE HIDDEN SAFE VI AN EXTRAORDINARY ERRAND VII HOW THE ERRAND ENDED VIII MAILLOT'S EXPERIENCE IX TRACKS IN THE SNOW X THE SECOND STORY XI A PACT XII THE CIPHER XIII DISCLOSURES XIV RIDDLES XV A WOMAN'S SCREAM XVI THE FACE IN THE ALCOVE XVII PRISON DOORS XVIII A FIGHT IN THE DARK XIX BELLE XX GENEVIEVE'S MISSION XXI SHADOWS XXII ASHES OF OLD ROMANCE XXIII BURKE UNBOSOMS XXIV CONFESSION XXV "THIMBLE, THIMBLE " XXVI THE CIPHER SOLVED

ILLUSTRATIONS

The gem lay between them, a splash of crimson flame . . . Frontispiece

Diagram of second floor

The door opened a few inches, to reveal the figure of Alexander Burke

Cipher

Cipher (repeated)

"I'll shoot," she announced in a tense tone, "so help me, I'll shoot"

"Uncle, Uncle, sit up! Don't go to pieces this way"

Cipher (repeated)

THE PATERNOSTER RUBY

CHAPTER I

THE SHERIDAN PARK MYSTERY

With a screaming of brakes, the elevated train on which I happened to be jerked to a stop, and passengers intending to disembark were catapulted toward the doorways a convenience supplied gratis by all elevated roads, which, I have observed, is generally overlooked by their patrons... Continue reading book >>




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