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A Christmas Mystery

William John Locke

Book Overview: 

A short story about 3 men who find themselves on a spiritual Christmas journey.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .The whole country is under snow--and as far as I can understand we have to change twice and wind up with a twenty-mile motor drive."

He was an iron-faced, beetle-browed, stern man, and this morning he did not seem to be in the best of tempers. Finding his companions inclined to be sympathetic, he continued his lamentation.

"And merely because it's Christmas I've had to shut up my laboratory and give my young fools a holiday--just when I was in the midst of a most important series of experiments."

Professor Biggleswade, who had heard vaguely of and rather looked down upon such new-fangled toys as radium and thorium and helium and argon--for the latest astonishing developments in the theory of radio-activity had brought Sir Angus McCurdie his world-wide fame--said somewhat ironically:

"If the experiments were so important, why didn't you lock yourself up with your test tubes and electric batteries and finish them alone?" . . . Read More

Community Reviews

A few days ago I read the extremely short story, A Christmas Mystery, The Story of Three Wise Men by William John Locke. If you don't know who William John Locke is that's OK, I don't either. At least I didn't until A Christmas Mystery was kind enough to enter my life. Then I found out a few thin...more

Brief but enjoyable. Between two and a half and three stars.

Serial Reader split this into two parts and after the first part I kind of thought "Oh my god, this author is writing And Then There Were None, but ten years early and with a Christmas wreath on the door." But the ending was sweet and thought provoking and no one died on-screen. Nice quick little...more

So you know where this story is going within the first couple of pages, but you don’t know how it’s going to get there. I enjoyed it.

Vintage short story attempting to tell the Christmas story in a fresh way.

An engaging little two-parter. Can't say it will stick with me, but it was worth the time and it is the season!

Where was the mystery? Three dudes who are kind of jerks, as far as I can tell, deliver a baby on Christmas. Meh.

I read the two chunks on Serial super far apart because of the plague that has hit us all this Christmas.

This is a Christmas short story taking place in the early 1900s in England with three totally different wise men. Written by Wm. J. Locke (1863 - 1930), this is a delightful tale so totally appropriate for this season and full of surprises.

The story begins outside a bookstall at Paddington Statio...more

I just read Silas Marner, and now this one. Coincidental. Here we meet 3 learned, older bachelors, rather curmudgeonly, who find themselves on a train heading out into the snowy outback of England. That sets the scene for all kinds of possibilities.

(I've only read one other book by Locke, The Won...more

A fine story for Christmas, a short read of maybe twenty minutes. It's soft, it's sentimental, it's about hope and humility, it evokes those beautiful soft quiet Christmas evenings with snow outside and plenty of colored lights inside, the scent of cookies and the sound of family. I recommend it...more

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