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The Loudwater Mystery

Edgar Jepson

Book Overview: 

Lord Loudwater is found murdered in his house one evening. Unfortunately for Detective Flexen, who is to investigate the case, Lord Loudwater was not a very agreeable sort of fellow and almost every person in his vicinity had a motive for the crime. Was it his young wife or her lover, his former fiance or even one of the servants?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Not hurt you? Hey? I can't hurt the corespondent in a divorce case?
Hey?" said Lord Loudwater rather breathlessly.

"As if a man who has abused and bullied his wife as you have could get a divorce!" said Grey, and he laughed a gentle, contemptuous laugh, galling beyond words.

It galled Lord Loudwater surely enough; he snapped his fingers four times and gibbered.

"I tell you what it is: I've had enough of your manners," said Grey.
"What you want is a lesson. And if I hear that you've been bullying Lady
Loudwater about this simple matter of my having had tea with her, I'll
give it you—with a horsewhip."

"You'll give me a lesson? You?" whispered Lord Loudwater, and he danced a little frantically.

"Yes. I'll give you the soundest thrashing any man hereabouts has had for the last twenty years, if I have to begin by knocking your ugly head off your shoulde. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This book was originally published in 1920. It is well-written and entertaining. Some of the word choice may be antiquated for today's reader, but I did not find that this was prevalent.

I thought that this book had quite the surprise ending, as good murder mysteries should. I am rarely surprised...more

Lord Loudwater isn't well-liked, so when he's found murdered it takes quite alot to figure out which one of the suspects could have committed the crime...
Loudwater is murdered pretty early in the tale so the rest of it really covers all the mysterious elements attached to finding the murderer......more

There was nothing original in the story. I enjoyed the characters, but the murderer is so easy to guess it takes away all the fun of it. (view spoiler)[The moment the switch of pen while writing the letter in the first chapter happened, I was sure the secretary had done it... I would have liked to be proven wro... (hide spoiler)]

It is not a question of winning or losing but ultimately how you play the game. This is a typically British attitude of fair play. A luckless kiss and thunderous snore form the basis for this early 20th Century murder mystery. Lord Loudwater was loved by none, feared by many and hated by all. Whe...more

Wonderful story.

Intriguing til the last word. Never a letdown the entire time . As good as any of Agatha Christie mysteries.

A murder mystery -- almost anyone could have murdered Loudwater but discovering the actual killer took almost the entire story. For that fact, and that I liked all the "good guys" (and gals), I couldn't imagine any of them having done it. I don't like mysteries in which I can guess who committed...more