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The Clue of the Twisted Candle

Edgar Wallace

Book Overview: 

Well-known mystery writer John Lexman is charged with murder and sent to Broadmoor Prison. His friend T.X., head of a special branch of Scotland Yard, tries to prove his innocence.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .He drove his assistant to the railway station in time to catch the train at one o'clock to London.

"You will go straight to Cadogan Square and arrest the chauffeur of Mr. Kara," he said.

"Upon what charge!" asked Mansus hurriedly.

When it came to the step which T. X. thought fit to take in the pursuance of his duty, Mansus was beyond surprise.

"You can charge him with anything you like," said T. X., with fine carelessness, "probably something will occur to you on your way up to town. As a matter of fact the chauffeur has been called unexpectedly away to Greece and has probably left by this morning's train for the Continent. If that is so, we can do nothing, because the boat will have left Dover and will have landed him at Boulogne, but if by any luck you get him, keep him busy until I get back."

T. X. himself was a busy man that day, and it was not until night was falling that he again turned to Beston Tracey to find. . . Read More

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This novel really does have it all for lovers of vintage mystery – a truly evil villain of extreme wealth, a locked room murder, a thoroughly decent, sensible young Scotland Yard investigator, a Dartmoor prison break, and a feisty brave young woman.

John Lexman is a successful writer of detective...more

A good "room locked from the inside" who and how dunnit. It has everything - mystery, adventure, a villain, love, a new romance, revenge, a gentleman detective, a one armed man, small handguns and long knives galore and of course cellars and locked rooms.
First published in 1918 I think.
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BEYOND bizarre, considerably more violent (or at least sinister) and wackadoodle and transparent than I was expecting it to be. One of the first "locked room" mysteries. Worth reading if you're a fan of the genre--otherwise, it just makes good "can you believe this sentence?" read-aloud material....more

I started this book when I went to bed ... had a hard time putting it down. Got a few hours of sleep and on awaking finished the book. Enjoyed all the twists and turns!

Description of this book would indicate that the Scotland Yard inspector T.X. Meredith has played a role in other Wallace mysteries, but I don't think I shall spend another minute searching for proof. I was amused by the book, and since it is my birthday I thought I would read a couple books writ...more

3.5 stars This 1916 locked room mystery is dated, mostly predictable, and rather forcefully prejudiced, but still so very charming because of the surprisingly witty dialogue, appealing characters, and fun cliffhangers.

Fun facts I learned:

1. vitriol actually is a sulfuric acid, something of whic...more

Much better than the Wallace novel I read just two days ago (The Daffodil Mystery). This one has a positively horrid but oh so handsome Albanian villain who combines a genius for true sadism with proficiency at politics and a knack for unfettered capitalism -- a combination, one notes, that then...more

This mystery was rather different in approach than others I have read. Not unenjoyable, just different.

The "who-dunit" was rather obvious to me and not as important to my mind as, "What happened all those years to him, who-dunit". Of course, there was also the vast importance of the classic lock...more

Back in his day, Edgar Wallace was one of the major writers of popular fiction--much like Jonathan Kellerman and those of his ilk are today. The difference is that Wallace could write a gripping story with good characters, edge of your seat action, and pacing that could blow you away. (OK. The pa...more

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