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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

It was ok, but there were parts that I found hard to focus on. I don't know if it was the book or my not feeling well that was the reason.

According to Wikipedia, Edgar Wallace was such a prolific writer that one of his publishers claimed that a quarter of all books in England were written by him. He cheerfully churned out several hundred novels alone.

This makes it difficult to critically review The Daffodil Mystery in isolation, as it

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 obvious clue le

What a great little mystery, and what a surprise! I had never read a book by Edgar Wallace before.

Born into poverty as an illegitimate London child, Wallace left school at the age of 12. He joined the army at age 21 and was a war correspondent during the Second Boer War, for Reuters and the Daily M

That was fun! And mystifying! My - what a complicated set of twists and layers of false clues! It kept me guessing right to the very end.
I did not see this cover when I picked this book. The one I saw was a pretty generic cover with a daffodil on the front. Cute, but that obviously didn’t even hi

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 mit

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

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