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The Bishop's Secret

Fergus Hume

Book Overview: 

Bishop Pendle is the Church of England bishop in a small fictitious English cathedral town. Several years into his work, he receives a visit from a disreputable-looking visitor. The bishop is much upset. What transpired between them that has so upset the good churchman? And then there is the murder. Fergus Hume was one of the most prolific and most popular of 19th century novelists.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Cargrim, politely. 'I'll wait for you—outside,' and in his turn the chaplain looked towards the bar.

'Thank you, I can come with you now,' was Gabriel's reply, made with a burning desire to knock Cargrim down. 'Miss Mosk, I am glad to find that your mother is easier in her mind.'

'It's all due to you, Mr Pendle,' said Bell, moving forward with a toss of her head directed especially at Mr Cargrim. 'Your visits do mother a great deal of good.'

'I am sure they do,' said the chaplain, not able to forego giving the girl a scratch of his claws. 'Mr Pendle's visits here must be delightful to everybody.'

'I daresay,' retorted Bell, with heightened colour, 'other people's visits would not be so welcome.'

'Perhaps not, Miss Mosk. Mr Pendle has many amiable qualities to recommend him. He is a general and deserved favourite.'

'Come, come, Cargrim,' interposed Gabriel, anxiously, for the fair Bell's temper was rapidly getti. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The best Hume book I've read to date. It deals with the impact the appearance of one man can have on an entire village for a variety of reasons. Multi-layered mystery really begins with a murder and slowly the revelation of many secrets, all leading back to the murdered man. The characters are portr

I think I wasn't in the right mood for this Victorian mystery. The unpleasant Uriah Heep character was too unpleasant to handle, and the eponymous bishop's secret is of no interest to me. Or it could be the affectations of the narrator. At any rate, I only got in a few chapters and abandoned it for

Libro muy interesante y entretenido. En la última parte me ha recordado un poco a los libros típicos de detectives. Hay que decir que me han sorprendido los secretos que hemos ido averiguando poco a poco. Los personajes aunque los conocemos casi desde el principio a todos van evolucionando y cambian

This one dragged even for Hume. The ending came around about three times. But, then again, that's Hume for you.

Interesting plot.

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