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The Sheridan Road Mystery

Paul and Mabel Thorne

Book Overview: 

A shot rings out in the middle of the night in a quiet Chicago neighborhood. Patrolman Murphy is directed to an apartment where a man says the shot came from. The apartment is locked and apparently empty. Was there a murder here? And if so, where is the victim?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Mr. Marsh, I understand, was driven off his ranch in Mexico by the revolutionists. As he knew practically no one in the United States to whom he could refer, we finally compromised by his agreeing to pay his rent quarterly in advance."

"How much of a family has he?" asked Morgan.

"Only his wife," returned Cole. "That was one reason we were willing to come to terms with him. We like small families; like Mr. Ames, who rents the apartment where this trouble occurred."

Morgan welcomed this mention of Ames. It gave him an opening for further questions regarding this tenant. He was not overlooking the fact that the Ames family might in some way be connected with the affair.

"I suppose Mr. Ames and his wife are still away?" he inquired.

"Yes," returned Cole. "We received his October rent through his London bankers, White, Wyth, Harding; and only a few days ago, a letter referring to some decorating to be done when. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Fun and silly.

Oh man, this mystery made me love the Thornes. This is one of my favorite mysteries of all time. Absolutely love this story and even visited a couple of the locations set in the book. Very good!

A shot rings out in the night and the local policeman walking the beat at 2 a.m. comes upon a guy on Sheridan Road in his bathrobe. The only unusual part about this to me is a cop walking the beat in the middle of the night. I don't think they walk beats anymore - just drive around in their cars....more

So whilst on patrol on Sheridan Road, an officer hears a gunshot, in seeking to investigate such, a man runs out of a nearby appartment saying that the shot was actually in the appartment above his... with the likes of March, Morgan and others, this mystery proves quite an interestingly entertain...more

This is an average 1920s mystery, with not much outstanding about it. The initial crime and discovery are suitably mysterious, there is a gentle love interest, and plenty of back-and-forth action. It's heavy on dialogue and light on ratiocination, and it feels as though occasionally the author pa...more