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The Czar's Spy

William Le Queux

Book Overview: 

William Le Queux was a British novelist and prolific writer of mysteries. Indeed, mystery surrounds the author himself as to whether he was a spy or rather just a self-promoter. Regardless of which is true, Le Queux brings us a story of intrigue and espionage that travels across Europe in the true spirit of a good mystery. There are shootings, burglaries, romances, escapes from prisons, and intricate conspiracies that may surprise and leave you scratching your head as you try to solve this “whodunit”. In the best tradition of a good mystery however, you may need to wait for the final chapters to discover the truth.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .suggested shooting pigeons at sundown, but he always had some excuse for opposing the proposal, and thus the party, unsuspecting the reason, were kept away from that particular lonely spot.

In my youth I had sat many a quiet hour there in the darkening gloom and shot many a pigeon, therefore I knew the wood well, and was able to watch the tenant of Rannoch from points where he least suspected the presence of another.

Once, when I was alone with Muriel, I mentioned her father's capacity for walking alone, whereupon she said—

"Oh, yes, he was always fond of walking. He used to take me with him when we first came here, but he always went so far that I refused to go any more."

She never once mentioned Woodroffe. I allowed her plenty of opportunity for doing so, chaffing her about her forthcoming marriage in order that she might again refer to him. But never did his name pass her lips. I understood that he had gone abroad&m. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I often really enjoy reading non-canonical books. There's always the tantalizing hope that you'll discover a gem. This does happen sometimes--either my tastes are enough different from the average that I can fall in love with a book that everybody else thinks is bizarre, or fame has passed a book...more

good mystery til the end.

Quite an interesting read. The plot is well constructed, although I found it very frustrating how all the information is kept from the narrator (and, thus, the reader) until a big info dump towards the end (which I found therefore to be quite anticlimatic).

One thing I liked though, was how one of...more

Mystery set in the late 19th or very early 20th century when Finland was controlled by Russia. It is a complex mystery with a number of rather implausible situations. The hero is a British aristocrat, Gordon Gregg, who moves in high circles who has even been hired by the czar to investigate certa...more

Yes, there is a big mystery going on. Weird stuff keeps happening. People are obviously lying, while other people are being killed - but there are no clues as to why until too late, in my opinion. By the time the author revealed anything, I had ceased caring. And the way this guy falls in love -...more

Spy novels and turn of the century environments,especially Russia are of special interest so this novel was a real unexpected treat.I am constantly on the look out for new novelist's and very happy I found this writer.Through his writing style he took me back to the early 1900's.His story was esp...more

The Czar’s Spy, written by The English/French author William Le Queux in 1905, is a tale of international espionage and intrigue. This tale takes the reader in a slalom excursion from Italy to England to Finland and Russia and back again. The reason for this journey is to solve a mystery but only...more

One of the best, most well-written, suspense stories I've read in a very long time. And think it was first published in 1905... let's go back to how people wrote then. Simple, beautiful, fascinating.

A little dated but a good thriller yarn

Dated but good

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