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The Datchet Diamonds

Richard Marsh

Book Overview: 

Oh dear! The Duchess of Datchet's diamonds, worth a quarter of a million pounds, have been stolen. Just as Mr. Paxton, a ne'er do well gambler planning to leave the country to escape his losses, reads this news item on a train, he overhears, in the next compartment, the actual thief boasting of his accomplishment. Then, when he arrives at his hotel and opens his Gladstone bag, he finds the bag is not his -- and it contains the spoils of the robbery! Will our hero take them directly to the magistrate and tell all he knows? Or will things take another turn, leading to brigands, danger, and possibly romance?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Reaching the hotel, he went straight to his bedroom, still in a sort of mental haze. He had a wash--without, however, managing to wash much of the haze out of his head. He turned to unlock his Gladstone, intending to take out of it his brush and comb. There was something the matter with the key, or else with the lock--it would not open. It was a brand-new Gladstone, bought with a particular intent; Mr. Paxton was very far from being desirous that his proposed voyage to foreign parts should prematurely be generally known. Plainly, the lock was not in the best of order. Half abstractedly he fumbled with it for some seconds, before it could be induced to open, then it was opened rather by an exertion of force, than in response to the action of the key.

Having opened it, Mr. Paxton found himself a little puzzled by the arrangement of its contents. He could not at first remember just where he had put his brush and comb. He felt on the one side, where he . . . Read More

Community Reviews

I loved this book from 1898 by Richard Marsh. The story begins with Miss Daisy Strong who has met a rather fascinating young man named Mr Lawrence whilst in Brighton. "He was holding her hand in his, and looking at her with something in his eyes which there and then she told herself would never do."

A real letdown after The Beetle. A genre piece with absolutely no wit, flair or creativity.

Good yarn!

I discovered it years ago! It was good then with age it was great with well placed twists . must read more

Not bad. A bit inexplicable that a gentleman who was so keen on his honour would take the diamonds though.

Good mystery

The story is of course dated but there is enough in the book to keep you interested even if the lead character is a little hard to believe.