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The Daffodil Mystery

Edgar Wallace

Book Overview: 

Odette Rider loses her cashier job after she indignantly rejects a suggestion from Thornton Lyne, owner of the large store where she works, that they cohabit without benefit of clergy.

As a result Lyne, a thoroughly mean-spirited man, plots to frame her for embezzlement of company funds even though he knows the real culprit is a departmental manager, Mr Milburgh.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .You can interview him later. I doubt whether you will get much out of him, because he is absolutely incoherent. Lyne was something more than human in his eyes, and I should imagine that the only decent emotion he has had in his life is this affection for a man who was certainly good to him, whether he was sincere in his philanthropy or otherwise. Now here are a few of the facts which have not been made public." Cresswell settled himself back in his chair and ticked off on his fingers the points as he made them.

"You know that around Lyne's chest a silk night-dress was discovered?"

Tarling nodded.

"Under the night-dress, made into a pad, evidently with the object of arresting the bleeding, were two handkerchiefs, neatly folded, as though they had been taken from a drawer. They were ladies' handkerchiefs, so we may start on the supposition that there is a woman in the case."

Tarling nodded.

"Now another peculiar feature of the c. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Another splendidly clever and engrossing vintage murder mystery from the pen of Edgar Wallace. Intriguing and suspenseful, it certainly kept me turning the pages. Now for the next one...!

I thought I'd guessed the murderer early on in the book, only to be caught by twist after twist after twist as this murder mystery goes in circles all the way to the end. It's one of the most convoluted plots I've read, but the writing is excellent, and does not confuse the reader.

A rich man ins...more

Middling Edgar Wallace (definitely not what I'd recommend to someone trying him for the first time).

It's an interesting prototype of the kind of mystery that John Dickson Carr would later write: a mystery where there are several suspects with varying degrees of plausibility, but each...more

The Daffodil Mystery is a novel by Edgar Wallace published in 1920. Wallace was such a prolific writer that one of his publishers claimed that a quarter of all books in England were written by him. Now wouldn't you love to know if that is even close to being true? I would, but not enough to go figure it...more

By rights this should be a two star rating. For the longest time, this book carried my interest, twist after twist, and I felt sure it was heading to some ridiculously awesome surprise ending. Nope. Not only is the identity of the murderer not a surprise, the detective (who all along says he has...more

It was a slow start and I thought I wouldn't like it but it picked up and had many twists and turns. I ended up liking it a lot. I'd recommend this book to others.

Nach dem ich bereits andere Detektiv-Geschichten, zum Beispiel von Doyle, Christie, gelesen habe, war es nur eine Frage der Zeit bis ich tatsächlich auch auf Wallace aufmerksam wurde.
Mein erstes Werk sollte also "das Geheimnis der gelben Narzissen" sein.
Eigentlich möchte ich gar nicht zu sehr m...more

There Are No Daffodils in Argentina

This is about the only detail I still remember after reading Edgar Wallace’s crime novel The Daffodil Murder from 1920, and it may even not be true for all I know because last time I was in Argentina I could swear I saw some daffodils. But then I’m not too deep into f...more

I was stirred to interest by the flowery title of this novel, and I knew that Wallace had written a lot of early 20th century British crime novels (turns out, he helped write the film King Kong too!). I was, unfortunately, disappointed as I started and continued to read it, as the plot jumped around...more

Not at all one of Wallace's better books. Not even as good as his mediocre books. There was a mystery. There was a damsel in distress. There was a witty detective. There was a despicable villain--actually there were three of them. But none of it ever seemed to gel. Seemed that Wallace himself kep...more

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