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The Gloved Hand

Burton Egbert Stevenson

Book Overview: 

Mr. Lester, a private investigator, and his friend Godfrey are caught up in a strange case that takes them to a large estate in the country where at midnight they witness a mysterious "falling star" that appears to burst into a shower of sparks over two white robed figures standing in the air. There is a young lady in a flowing white dress and many more twists and complications before the mystery is solved.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .God knows what further horrors this house contains!"

He pulled back the curtain, so that the hall was lighted to some extent from the open doorway, and then passed through, I after him. The hall was a broad one, running right through the centre of the house from front to rear. Godfrey proceeded cautiously and yet rapidly the whole length of it, flashing his torch into every room. They were all luxuriously furnished, but were empty of human occupants. From the kitchen, which closed the hall at the rear, a flight of stone steps led down into the basement, and Godfrey descended these with a steadiness I could not but admire. We found ourselves in a square, stone-flagged room, evidently used as a laundry. Two doors opened out of it, but both were secured with heavy padlocks.

"Store-rooms or wine-cellars, perhaps," Godfrey ventured, mounted the stairs again to the kitchen, and returned to the room whence we had started.

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Community Reviews

This is a good solid mystery. I enjoyed it's foray(s) into mysticism and mystics; love, friendship, support and honor. The tale is quite well written and plotted, as well.

Stevenson was a relatively prolific writer and seemed to have enjoyed the mystery/detective genre of which The Gloved Hand is a solid example. Although his story shows a particularly weak understanding of occidentalism, it nevertheless serves as an interesting backdrop for the peculiar con game un

A whodunit with some Hindu background. I liked it, especially the involvement of fringerprint analysis.

Un giallo classico ottimamente costruito.

Con artist, murder, romance - fun & relatively easy to figure. Well narrated by Don W. Jenkins.

Published in 1913 (or 1920?), this mystery is fairly pedestrian and even I, who rarely can figure out clues to solve a mystery, thought I had this one solved well before even half way through the book.  Still, there were a couple of sub-plots that added a bit of suspense.  Stars more finely tuned =