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The House by the Lock

A. M. Williamson

Book Overview: 

What secrets lay within the walls of the house by the lock? What secrets, if any, are held by the man who owns that mysterious house?

A body is found in a backwater creek not far from the house by the lock, but what leads Noel Stanton on a quest to determine who the killer might be is more than merely the disappearance of his American friend Harvey Farnham. He has reason to believe that the wealthy and influential owner of the house, Carson Wildred, might somehow be implicated in the coincidental disappearance and murder. But as Stanton’s search progresses, he learns that his friend is safe and sound back in the U.S. and he therefore must learn more about the house itself with its peculiar construction, it’s hidden passageways, and the peculiar smoke occasionally seen rising from its inaccessible areas. But everything is accounted for by the police, the servants, and Mr. Wildred during his investigation, leaving a most strange mystery left for Stanton to unravel.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I had fancied that the square, squat wall must be that of a studio, as there were no windows, but a high, domed skylight on top. Now I saw that though the outer building was square, the room within was octagon in shape. It was, perhaps, a studio, as I had fancied, but there was something of the free-and-easy negligence of an Oriental smoking-room about it.

The walls were hung with embroidered Indian materials, and a low divan ran down part way. Between the hangings were panels of sandal-wood, ornamented with bits of mirror in the Burmese fashion, and half hidden with curious foreign weapons, daggers, swords, and spears, and even a Zulu assegai or two. On the floor stood a hookah, and on a small inlaid table were a couple of curious little objects which I knew to be opium pipes. In one 42 corner, as though it had been pushed aside, stood an easel with a canvas upon it, which was half covered with a piece of drapery. The skylight was partly concealed with . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Meh.

Adventurer Noel Stanton seeks to discover the mystery connected to Ms Cunningham, her family, and the house by the Lock...more

This book has all the requirements for a gothic tale: a damsel in distress, a handsome adventurer, a clever villain, narrow escapes, visions, disguises and a thrilling ending.

Even the mansion owned by the villain is described as "gloomy and accursed". The hero says, "Never, it seemed to me, had...more

not what I expected! It's rather a crime-mystery with adventure than a cold-blooded calculated murder with scientifically unraveling a murderer and a plot. The latter can be found in the Christie's books.

A cold-blooded murder...an investigation spanning 2 continents ...overall a good read

A decent fun read to listen to but nothing amazingly special. It's a classic gothic tale and definitely not what I thought it would be. That being said despite the rather dull narrator I was still compelled to finish it. It was in its own way an enjoyable listen. The twists and turn were fun and...more

I love when everything comes together by the end; all questions answered! But, if course, make you wait--at least I didn't figure it all out on my own!

One of the Williamson's mysteries. I found it gave a thrill up my spine.

Another novel by a turn of the century author, a woman. I like Ms. Williamson's books. They're good stories that are easy to read and take you back to another era. For me they're just fun reads.

Sorry but did not like it that much, not much of a thrill or twist. I would say it's good for reading on the train to pass the time.