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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

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... I

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 wrong, (hide spoiler)]

I won't be rushing to search out anything else by this author. It was OK, but twice as long as it need have been.

Who done it

Kept me guessing until the last chapter. I liked the characters. I guess Karma does work. Easy reading. Who recommend this book.

I found this book not very mysterious at all, I knew who the killer would be long before the final chapter. A few dull chapters made me take a break from reading this novel and it took some effort on my part to get to the end.

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 the

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