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The Gold Bag

Carolyn Wells

Book Overview: 

The case involves a millionaire murdered in his study, suspicious servants, a beautiful niece, a private secretary and a will. enamored. A Holmes like detective is brought in to solve the mystery.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .You are excused. I now call Miss Florence Lloyd."





V. FLORENCE LLOYD

A stir was perceptible all through the room as Miss Lloyd acknowledged by a bow of her beautiful head the summons of the coroner.

The jurors looked at her with evident sympathy and admiration, and I remembered that as they were fellow-townsmen and neighbors they probably knew the young woman well, and she was doubtless a friend of their own daughters.

It seemed as if such social acquaintance must prejudice them in her favor, and perhaps render them incapable of unbiased judgment, should her evidence be incriminating. But in my secret heart, I confess, I felt glad of this. I was glad of anything that would keep even a shadow of suspicion away from this girl to whose fascinating charm I had already fallen a victim.

Nor was I the only one in the room who dreaded the mere thought of Miss Lloyd's connection with this horrible matter. . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Typical Of The Era

Many years ago I read a lot of very old books, for the most part slow reading and filled with comments of no validity on the parts of the characters. Robinson Caruso is an example of the type. This is very typical of that style. Rather fun to read as an example of a type, but ov...more

Detective Herbert Burroughs has been employed to investigate the murder of wealthy businessman Joseph Crawford. Killed in his study. Many confessions, lies and clues unearthed by Burroughs are later told to Fleming Stone when he is called in, then he discovers the culprit.
An enjoyable read

A plain straightforward mystery. There are no twists nor turns. There is only 1 surprise & it's the ending. It's only a surprise because you're not given the information earlier to suspect the person of murder. Still, I don't regret reading this.

Gold bag

A surprise indeed. I did not care for the style of writing in 1911 and doubt I will ever read another written in that period. Hard at first to follow. The bad guy you had only a glimpse of towards the end but rooted for another. Though not a nice man not the murders. She lost the supposed...more

In the manner of Sherlock Holmes

This was the first of the Fleming Stone mysteries. The case was solved in the manner of Sherlock Holmes. It was light reading but enjoyable nonetheless. Time permitting I will read additional books by this author.

3.5 stars

This was an entertaining and light read, very traditional mystery. Wells is no Agatha Christie but her books are fun to read. One thing I'm having a hard time getting used to is the way Wells works with her detective Fleming Stone. This is the second book of the series that I've read and...more

This is written in the style of Sherlock Holmes. For all it wordiness, it was interesting and enjoyable. Keep in mind it was written in the 1800's. Readers of old mysteries will enjoy this book.

Gold Bag?

The gold bag was a missleading instrument in finding the true culprit. I enjoyed how the writing went along so smoothly, though. Stone had to be called in because the main detective, Burrows, had stars in his eyes for miss Florence. This made it difficult for him since she was one of the...more

Good tale. Clues were there for the discovering and they made a seemingly easy tale complex. There was some sap to the characters, but that's a factor of the age it was written. Very much an American agatha christie.

Murder committed for the sake of a will, anger, jealousy, bitterness, profound, an ever escalating mystery, and a gold bag...more

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