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The Four-Pools Mystery

Jean Webster

Book Overview: 

In The Four Pools Mystery the tyrannical plantation owner is deemed responsible for his own murder because of his mistreatment of the former slaves who continued in his employment after the war.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . than somebody's hazarded guess, but without the slightest cause the same suspicion had already presented itself to me. And that was, that the ha'nt was a very flesh and blood woman. Radnor was clearly in some sort of trouble; he was moody and irritable, so sharp with the farm hands that several of them left, and unusually taciturn with the Colonel and me. To make matters worse Polly Mathers was treating him with marked indifference, and openly bestowing her smiles upon Mattison; what the trouble was I could only conjecture, but I feared that she too had been hearing rumors.

The ha'nt stories had been repeated and exaggerated until they contained no semblance of truth. By this time, not only the laurel walk was haunted, but the spring-hole as well;[Pg 65] and it soon became a region of even greater fear than the deserted cabins. The "spring-hole" was a natural cavity in the side of a hill a half mile or so back from the house. It was out of this cavity that the u. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The mystery has some clever twists.

Note that there are attitudes expressed here regarding race which were not unusual for the time. It needs to be read with that in mind and do not reflect attitudes I hold. It is mentioned by one character that [African-Americans] don't mind being whipped. That is a

I love literature from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It is often fresh and well thought out. Though this book is not politically correct by today's standards, it still treats the subject of race with a respectful sensitivity. All in all, a satisfying mystery read for the summer!

خدا را شکر که زن ها جرم های زیادی مرتکب نمی شوند! هیچ وقت با اطمینان نمی شه حدس زد چی تو فکرشون بوده. فکر و عملشون زمین تا آسمون با هم فرق داره.

They were so racist back then, damn. The story was ok.

It a bad story (but dated), it's a pity it was read by an illiterate octogenarian!

Though this author is best known for her work 'Daddy Long Legs', it was truly nice to read something a bit different from her.
This is a good old fashioned murder mystery, complete with ghosts and all, and it would definitely keep the reader at the edge of their seat!!!

I am such a fan of Daddy Long Legs that I had to give it a try. Disappoininting

I should think of a clever shelf name for books like this and The Red House Mystery – something like "they wrote mysteries too??" Except Goodreads would delete the question marks. Jean Webster is better known for Daddy Long-legs, which I loved when younger and was a little disappointed in when older

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