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The Grell Mystery

Frank Froest

Book Overview: 

Mr Robert Grell, millionaire and socialite, is found murdered in his study on a stormy evening. It’s up to Heldon Foyle, the detective, to unravel the mystery.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Heldon Foyle was more deeply chagrined than he would have cared to admit by the disappearance of Waverley. It was not only that one of the most experienced men of the Criminal Investigation Department had fallen into a trap and so placed his colleagues in difficulties. The very audacity of the coup showed that the department was matched against no ordinary opponents. There is a limit even to the daring of the greatest professional criminals. If there were professionals acting in this business, reflected the superintendent, the idea was none of theirs. Besides, no professional would have written the letter threatening the Yard. That was no bluff—the finger-prints proved that. To hold a Scotland Yard man as a hostage was a game only to be played by those who had much at stake.

Only one man shared Heldon Foyle's confidence. That was Sir Hilary Thornton. To the Assistant Commissioner he talked freely.

"It's an ugly job for us, sir, there's no disguisin. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Excellent novel from a dandy author.

A terrific story, and all the better it is being a straightforward story without the flourishing descriptive detail in so many of these old books. I enjoyed it very much.

I was somewhat disappointed in this mystery novel. It was very solidly written as you would expect from someone with the background of Mr. Froest. However, I felt the character development was a bit lacking, and the story itself dragged at points and became repetitious towards the end. Not a bad boo

Libro interesante que nos presenta con un asesinato y un posible hipótesis que se va desarrollando y cambiando completamente a lo largo del libro. El detective deduce lo que ha pasado obtener pequeños datos. Su método de trabajo es similar al de Sherlock Holmes.

I really liked this book. At the end of chapter 5, I was surprised, then all throughout I couldn't figure out why 'he' did it, then on to the last few chapters I was again surprised. Got a little long-winded in an explanation at the end, but all in all, it was a good story.

Suspense that keeps you turning the pages...A charming and intelligent detective. ..interesting characters ...A systematic approach to crime solving ...an excellent read !

An excellent vintage crime story about police procedural.
The plot is exciting with some intense actions. Given the fact "The Grell Mystery" is written by an ex Scotland Yard Superintendent, Frank Froest, the methods and ways to solve the crime in the story seems credulous. There were few funny mome

Three and a half stars

If you like police procedurals (like I do) then you will probably enjoy this. Some might feel that it drags on a bit with lots of procedural detail and so it does but I don't mind this. It was fairly easy to work out who committed the murder but this didn't spoil it for me. Fro

Really 2 and 1/2 stars. I just couldn't get into all of the repetition of explaining to different people what was going on in the case. (I wonder if it was serialized originally?) The first quarter of the book was fast paced, but then it slowed down with many interspersed descriptions by the detecti

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