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Cleek: the Man of the Forty Faces

Thomas W. Hanshew

Book Overview: 

Meet Hamilton Cleek – man of mystery, and master of disguise and do-derring.

Cleek’s exploits are, to say the least, highly improbable, but the book is enormous fun. The goodies are good and the baddies are very bad indeed, but beware – things are not always what they seem. Suspend your disbelief and enjoy a rattling good yarn!

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Dollops, and then fairly jumped into his clothes. Ten minutes later, he was out of the house, and—the end of the riddle was in sight.


On the morrow, Mrs. Bawdrey made known the rather surprising piece of news that Mr. Rickaby had written her a note to say that he had received a communication of such vital importance that he had been obliged to leave the house that morning before anybody was up, and might not be able to return to it for several days.

"No very great hardship in that, my dear," commented Mrs. Somerby-Miles, "for a more stupid and uninteresting person I never encountered. Fancy! he never even offered to assist the gentlemen to get poor Mr. Bawdrey upstairs last night. How is the poor old dear this morning, darling? Better?"

"Yes—much," said Mrs. Bawdrey, in reply. "Doctor Phillipson came to the house before four o'clock, and brought some wonderful new medicine that has simply worked wonde. . . Read More

Community Reviews

"I'll be after him as if he was a ham sandwich, sir." - Dollops

"Oho!" said Cleek, with a strong rising inflection. "I think I begin to smell the toasting of the cheese." - On piecing clues together.

"Oho!" said Cleek again. "I see! I see! The toasted cheese smells stronger,...more

“It takes one to know one” and “It takes a thief to catch a thief” can literally be applied to this super snoop spoof from the dawn of the twentieth century. The mysterious Cleek turns away from crime and offers his invaluable services to Scotland Yard after meeting the beautiful Ailsa. This stor...more

These were such sticky sweet (cavity-causing) fun mysteries! I enjoyed the ride, made me smile. The narrator Ruth Golding was phenomenal! Made the stories come alive!

It's got some great phrases, and cases that mostly seem fair to me. It's also got casual racism and animal abuse. 2.75 stars, and only seeing it in the context of its age.

I guess it was well written for what it is. Very simple Scotland Yard tales written for a younger reader , I think

It's a bit fantastic, but anyone who enjoys Sherlock Holmes should give this a look. A notorious thief with an unbelievable talent for disguise falls in love with a young lady and sets out to make good - by solving crimes, saving kingdoms and marriages alike. Not very realistic - the solutions ar...more

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