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The Hand in the Dark

Arthur J. Rees

Book Overview: 

An ancient English country house with a storied and bloody history is the setting for this intriguing mystery. It is the autumn of 1918. The War to End All Wars is still raging in Europe, but in this peaceful setting a bored young wife hosts a party for friends from London, including war workers, servicemen, and a famous explorer and expert on jewels. Hours later she is dead of a gunshot wound, an heirloom pearl necklace is missing, and Scotland Yard is homing in on possibly the wrong suspect. Can the famous private detective Mr. Colwyn bring the murderer to justice?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .roblems of this strange case, and he was anxious to return upstairs. He took the first opportunity of terminating the conversation and leaving the room.

It was his intention to conceal himself in one of the wardrobes of the bedroom in the hope that the owner of the trinket he had found would return in search of it. As he reached the landing he was surprised to see that the door of the murdered woman's bedroom was wide open, although he remembered distinctly that he had closed it when he left the room to accompany the butler downstairs. With a quickly beating heart he hurried across the room to the spot where he had left the trinket. But it was gone.


It was the morning after the murder, and five men were seated in the moat-house library. One of them attracted instant attention by reason of his overpowering personality. He was a giant in stature and build, with a massive head, a large red face from which a pair of little bloodshot e. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I would have given this book four stars if it wasn't for the fact that it was very slow to start. I almost gave up on it but it got better about a third of the way in. A wealthy young aristocrat marries a beautiful young working class socialite and she hates being shut away in the country. A weekend

A good mystery that kept me guessing until the end. Clever plot that changes the suspect from person to person in a natural way. I enjoyed it.

The actual mystery in this book was pretty good. The clues were all there, but I didn’t put them together. Because of that, I might give the author another try, but the following are the reasons I might not.
First, the constant harping on types got to me. “She was this type of person… he was that

Interesting plot, characters were well defined. First time for this narrator, who did a pleasantly clear reading.

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