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The Film Mystery

Arthur B. Reeve

Book Overview: 

The Film Mystery is one of eighteen detective novels by Arthur B. Reeve starring his best known character Professor Craig Kennedy and his trusty sidekick Walter Jameson, a newspaper reporter. The pair bears an unmistakable resemblance to the more famous British master sleuth and his doctor friend. The setting of this mystery is the early days of movie making, and the murder victim is Stella Lamar, “the beautiful idol of the screen, beloved of millions”, who collapses and dies during the filming of a scene for her latest movie.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .In one corner several electricians and a camera man were experimenting with a strange-looking bank of lights. In the ballroom set, where the flats or walls were all in place, an unexcited paperhanger was busy with the paraphernalia of his craft, somehow looking out of his element in this reign of pandemonium.

It seemed hard indeed to believe that any sort of order or system lay behind this heterogeneous activity, and the incident which took Carey Drexel away from us only added to the wonder in my mind, a wonder that anything tangible and definite could be accomplished.

"Oh, Carey!" Another assistant director, or perhaps he was only a property boy, rushed up frantically the moment he saw Drexel. "Miss Miller's on a rampage because the grand piano you promised to get for her isn't at her apartment yet, and Bessie Terry's in tears because she left her parrot here overnight, as you suggested, and some one taught the bird to swear. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Detective Kennedy is like Sherlock Holmes and has his sidekick, Walter Jameson. They are called in by a District Attorney to look into the murder of a movie star. What follows is figuring out the puzzling trail of a calculating killer. There are other murders, attempted murders, etc. and lots of pos

Enjoyable early 1920s mystery taking place in the early film industry. A little talky - possibly too much exposition about the film industry.

Unfortunately, also a little racist. I guess I just wasn't prepared for a twentieth century book to refer to "darkies".

This was my first Craig Kennedy mystery

A mystery that has not aged well.

It could have 1 more star.
It's a classic. It had much specific knowledge about film-making, and it bore many details of the Golden Age, such as story-telling, a pair of detective-supporter, one is clever and the other is silly. The story started straight into the murder, also a good point, but from

Cuốn sách ko tập trung vào những tình tiết quá bất ngờ giật gân, plot cx khá đơn giản. Truyện tập trung chủ yếu vào các yếu tố khoa học; cung cấp cho bạn đọc kiến thức về bối cảnh của nền điện ảnh những năm 20 của thế kỉ trước, cách truy tìm và phân tích bằng chứng dựa vào khoa học. Dù ko phải 1 cuố

Nói về cuốn trinh thám này, cuốn Vụ án phim trường của nhà văn Arthur Benjamin Reeve... Nhà văn lấy bối cảnh những năm 20s của thế kỷ trước. Đề tài nói về những thảm án tại phim trường, cái thời vẫn còn quay bằng từng thước phim ngắn âm bản, rồi rửa, rồi phơi, rồi in,... cái thời theo tôi nghĩ là cò

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Plot tương đối đơn giản. Tập trung vào việc ứng dụng khoa học bằng chứng hơn là suy luận thuần túy nên đọc hơi thiếu kịch tính một chút. Logic chính là 1+1=2 chứ không có gì lắt léo. Dường như ông Arthur B. Reeve không cố gồng người đánh lạc hướng người đọc đi đâu c


It was slow reading. Couldn't wait till the end so I could be done with it. i don't recommend it.

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