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A Coin of Edward VII

Fergus Hume

Book Overview: 

A family celebrates Christmas and its flaws are gently exposed by the house guest Mrs. Parry. Giles is engaged to the wealthy Daisy, yet is clearly in love with the governess Anne Denham. Things come to a head when Daisy is murdered. Who would murder her? Perhaps the governess who told her she would kill her and made it clear she wanted to exchange places with her? After all the governess ran away with a mysterious man right after the murder and was not seen again. Or did someone frame the governess? Perhaps it is Mr. Morley, Daisy's guardian, who wanted her money? Or perhaps someone else? After all, Daisy was not popular in the village. Giles, bent on saving the woman he loves, and the detective Mr. Steel go to investigate. This is a detective story in the traditional sense, but it is a host of other things. It is a very strong love story, a story about class and how it influences people's choices, a story about greed, and much more.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Giles groped his way down the almost obliterated pathway quite alone, for every one else had departed. He reached the gate quite expecting to find his motor, but to his surprise it was not there. Not a soul was in sight, and the snow was falling like meal.

Giles fancied that his servant had dropped asleep in the inn or had forgotten the appointed hour. In his heart he could not blame the man, for the weather was arctic in its severity. However, he determined to wend his way to the inn and reprove him for his negligence. Stepping out of the gate he began to walk against the driving snow with bent head, when he ran into the arms of a man[Pg 43] who was running hard. In the light of the lamp over the gate he recognized him as Trim, his servant.

"Beg pardon, sir, I could not get here any sooner. The car——" The man stopped and stared round in amazement. "Why, sir, where's the machine?" he asked, with astonishment.

"In your charge, I supp. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I love Fergus Hume's books more with each mystery. He paints such vivid scenes!

I found this mystery to be very convoluted and confusing. The characters were not very interesting. I guessed many things before they happened, even if later they were proved to be red herrings. I only finished the book to see how the author would finally explain this mess of events. I'm still a bit

It was obvious who the murderer was right away. I basically read the book to find out how they caught him/her.

The Morley family--a husband, his wife and her three children from a former marriage, one young ward, and a governess. Add Giles Ware, a young man who was engaged by a family agreement to the young ward, the fact that he's in love with the governess and you have the start of a mystery. Not long afte