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A Chain of Evidence

Carolyn Wells

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The Mystery: ”Mr. Stone," I began, "if three persons spent the night in an apartment so securely locked on the inside that there was no possible means of ingress, and if in the morning it was found that one of those three persons had been murdered at midnight, would you say that the guilt must rest upon either one or both of the other two persons?”

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .mere form, and he himself quite evidently intended to be the real director of affairs. "We must find out who was the intruder, doubtless a professional burglar, who committed this awful deed. We must search the room for clues, and that, too, at once, before time and circumstance may obliterate them."

Although I didn't show it, I couldn't help a slight feeling of amusement at this speech. It was so palpably evident that Doctor Post possessed what he himself would doubtless call the Detective Instinct; and, moreover, it was clearly indicated that his knowledge of the proper methods of procedure were gained from the best detective fiction! Not that he was wrong in his suggestion, but it was not the time, nor was it his place to investigate the hypothetical "clues."

Doctor Masterson appreciated this point, and with a slightly disapproving shake of his wise, old head, he observed: "I think those things are not in our province, Doctor Post. We have performed o. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Again, I found the gooey-eyed male narrator who simply can't believe such a darling girl could ever commit murder, maudlin.

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This is my third Fleming Stone book and I will probably not be reading another one for quite a while. Don't get me wrong, they're a fun read. But they are also very formulaic. True, mystery fiction does follow a pattern (body discovered, crime scene investigation, suspect interviews, etc) which is w

I enjoyed this old fashioned mystery, it's rather slow pace and its evocation of old New York City. The suspense grew slowly and the solving of the mystery was all the more satisfying because of it.


This story is a melodramatic, mostly a silly romance. There is very little mystery. The characters are shallow and unbelievable.


This was my first Carolyn Wells mystery. I enjoyed reading about the New York of that era. The Author's style of writing kept me interested right from the beginning. I plan to follow up with another mystery by this Author.

This story by Carolyn Wells has, has had as her previous ones, a good mystery but if anything the dialogue is very dated. This is another locked room mystery; this time its an apartment building with but one exit, the front door. The door is chained at 10 p.m., all the windows latched and the only s

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