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The Diamond Pin

Carolyn Wells

Book Overview: 

Eccentric and wealthy New York widow Ursula Pell loves playing cruel jokes on her guests and particularly on her niece and nephew who are destined to inherit the millions in gems left to her by her late husband. When she is found brutally murdered in a locked room the morning after a dinner party, her niece, the most recent victim of Ursula's humiliating pranks, is first suspected until all the clues point to her nephew. Enter Fleming Stone, famous detective who hopefully can prove the innocence of the nephew, and discover WHO killed Mrs. Pell.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Then what did Miss Clyde say?"

"She said that Mrs. Pell was a fiend in human shape and that she hated her. Then she ran upstairs and went into her own room and slammed the door."

"Have you any reason to think, Agnes, that there is any secret mode of connection between Mrs. Pell's sitting room and Miss Clyde's bedroom, directly above it?"

"Why, no, sir, I never heard of such a thing."

"Absurd!" broke in Winston Bannard, "utterly absurd. If there were such a thing, it could certainly be discovered by your expert detectives."

"There isn't any," declared Hughes, positively. "I've sounded the walls and examined the floor and ceiling, and there's not a chance of it. The way the murderer got out of that locked room is a profound mystery, but it won't be solved by means of a secret entrance."

"Yet what other possibility can be suggested?" went on Timken, thoughtfully. "And the connection needn't be directly with Miss Clyde's . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Wealthy, eccentric, inveterate practical jokester Ursula Pell has often reminded her live-in niece Iris Clyde that when she dies, Iris will inherit a beautiful diamond pin. Iris has no reason to doubt her aunt, since it is known that Mrs. Pell has a secret cache of jewels that, presumably, her few

This one was quite intriguing at first but it got a bit draggy in the middle and then Fleming Stone had to pop up and solve it at the last minute. I begin to think the distant genius might be a bit annoying to me if I read too many in a row.... I had a hard time with feeling any sympathy for the ver

The characters never quite came to life for me - I wasn't particularly rooting for, or attached to, anyone.

However, the mystery itself was top-notch. That was the true star of the story. Rarely do I not figure out the trick by the second half of a mystery novel - however, this time, I didn't fugur

Ursula Pell of Pellbrook likes practical jokes, puzzles, and tricks. Which she plays of her two relations, Iris Clyde and Winston Bannard, and her neighbours.After a Sunday dinner Ursula goes into her private room and locks the door. Later a servant hears a scream and a shout. Once the door is broke

The Diamond Pin (Fleming Stone #10)
by Carolyn Wells

I have read many of these Fleming Stone books - always a good classic read.

Another super addition.

The Diamond Pin by Carolyn Wells is the tenth Fleming Stone mystery. If you haven't discovered Fleming Stone mysteries yet, there's no time like the present -- or at least, Well's present, which made her one of the top mystery writers of her day.

Ursula Pell hosts parties and plays cruel jokes on her

Ursula Pell is a rich and eccentric lady. She loves playing tricks on everyone around her and they bear with the best they can, because she is rich. If they annoy her, she will leave them out of her will. And she does this regularly - i.e. changes her will and plays tricks on her lawyer Mr. Chapin t

The characters never quite came to life for me - I wasn't particularly rooting for, or attached to, anyone.

However, the mystery itself was top-notch. That was the true star of the story. Rarely do I not figure out the trick by the second half of a mystery novel - however, this time, I didn't fugure

I've been slowly working through Carolyn Wells books and while I find most of them terribly!! melodramatic, this one was quite manageable with an elder aunt in love with puzzles, tricks and jokes. She's quite wealthy so her servants and young relatives tolerate it -- at least for a while -- and that