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That Affair at Elizabeth

Burton E. Stevenson

Book Overview: 

A detective novel set in turn-of-the-century New York City, in which a young lawyer plays the sleuth. Packed with plot twists (and the ubiquitous romantic complication, of course).

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .the whip was the only weapon that could touch her—and it must be wielded mercilessly.

"Mrs. Lawrence wishes to see you," she said again, and I fancied there was defiance in the eyes she turned upon me for the merest instant.

"In a moment. Was it you who found the note your mistress left for Mr. Curtiss?"

"Yes, sir," and she glanced at me again, this time with a quick suspicion.

"It was on her dressing-table, I believe?"

"Yes, sir."

"How did you happen to find it?"

"I just happened to see it, sir."

"It was lying in plain sight?"

"Yes, sir."

"Not concealed in any way—nothing lying over it?"

She hesitated an instant, and shot me another quick glance before she answered.

"I believe not, sir," she said at last.

"Of course it wouldn't be concealed," I said reassuringly. "Miss Lawrence probably left it where she thought it would be most quickly s. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This was a well-written, concise mystery. I enjoyed reading it and appreciated the twists and clever plot. It's a hidden gem that I would recommend for anyone interested in Sherlock or Doyle or any other such authors. It was a quick read, also.

This book was first published in 1911 and has apparently stayed well hidden from the public’s eye. I was pleasantly surprised when I started this book as it presented a mystery and dilemma that keeps the reader’s attention. When a bride mysteriously disappears just hours before she is to be wed, que

Read the book. Didn't see any typos as the original version. it's cleaned up and sorted and it's a great read! Give it a go.

Two mysteries in one! Fairly well-written story with little character development but some unique plot twists which keep the reader guessing. At times, I was confused by the interconnections among the characters of the two plot-lines. In my opinion, the original plot-line (which might have been deve

Excellent golden-age mystery! It kept me guessing all day, as theory after theory crossed the pages as reason for the almost-bride's sudden disappearance. Many times I was on the edge of my seat, especially when the sleuth, Lester, and his friend Godfrey find out what the strange woman is doing in h