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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...more

After reading The Poisoned Pen, I feel I have to read all of Arthur Reeve's books ... and this one was even better! One of those mystery novels that I just couldn't put down - and I enjoyed the 1920s film references.

Recommended for those who'd like a light but entertaining read ;)

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 myst...more

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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 đâ...more

Slow

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

It is recognized as the first novel centered around the motion picture industry. That part is interesting. The plot is pretty predictable. I found it more enjoyable for the bits about the film industry than for the mystery.

Detective Craig Kennedy solves a mystery with his sidekick, reporter, Walter Jameson. Sometimes called the American Sherlock Holmes, Kennedy uses science to solve crimes. This story revolves around the murder of an actress in the middle of shooting a movie called "The Black Terror". The story tak...more

This was a fun little mystery. The plot was decent, the insight into the motion picture business in the early 20's was absolutely fascinating, and the bonus addition of long-disproven theories of the "science" of the criminal mindset was very amusing.

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