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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 by

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)]

The Lord Loudwater is a big mouthed bully and absolutely no one at his estate or in the surrounding community, including his wife, escapes his harsh words and threats.

It has gotten so bad that his wife totally ignores most of what he says and has found solace in the friendship of a Col. Gray. He sac

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.

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