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The Clue

Carolyn Wells

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On the eve of her wedding day, Madeleine Van Norman, a beautiful young lady who is soon to come into her family fortune is found dead, apparently stabbed with an ominous blood-stained letter opener found nearby. There is nobody within the household who is not considered a suspect by the police, but how could a killer have slipped through the doors of Madeleine’s locked bedroom? It must have been suicide, as a note was found lying on a table near her body. Or was it? An intriguing mystery ensues which hinges on the discovery of a single, all-important clue.

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Miss Morton, also, seemed to have distracting thoughts. She sat down on the sofa beside Mrs. Markham, then she jumped up suddenly and started for the door, only to turn about and resume her seat on the sofa. Here she sat for a few moments apparently in deep thought. Then she rose, and slowly stalked from the room and went upstairs.

After a few moments, Marie, the French maid, also rose and silently left the room.

Having concluded it was a case for the county physician, Doctor Hills apparently considered that his personal responsibility was at an end, and he sat quietly awaiting the coming of his colleague.

After a time, Miss Morton returned, and again took her seat on the sofa. She looked excited and a little flurried, but strove to appear calm.

It was a dreadful hour. Only rarely any one spoke, and tho. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Λίγο αφελής και λίγο φλύαρη ( αν σκεφτεί κανείς ότι γράφτηκε το 1909 δικαιολογείται λόγω της διαφορετικότητας της γραφής),αλλά κατά τα άλλα είναι μια ευχάριστη αστυνομική ιστορία που παρουσιάζει το γνωστό μοτίβο: πολλοί ύποπτοι που όλοι έχουν κίνητρο σε έναν κλειστό χώρο. Είναι το πρώτο βιβλίο της σ

Well, this is a first. The famous detective enters the story at the 90% mark. Prior to that the investigation is done by the local coroner, a local doctor, and the best man - a visiting lawyer.
The bride is stabbed the night before her wedding. Is it the groom who seems to be in love with another wom

Carolyn Wells was a very intelligent woman, and she had a sound grasp of the theoretical technique of writing mysteries. How sad that when she put pen to paper she wrote such awful ones. This one is a rambling affair that loses the detection thread in a romance (a common fault of the period)

The only

BORING! The house guests just went round and round and round in circles, repeating the same useless bits of information about why so & so couldn't be the murderer. Then they finally bring Detective Stone in during the very last chapter and he solves the mystery and gets a confession in like three pa

I became interested in Carolyn Wells after reading that she was from New Jersey - my home state. I've enjoyed learning how people lived in NJ during the early 1900's. Unlike many books from this time period, the flowery language is kept to a minimum while giving the reader some very interesting myst

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