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The Moon Rock

Arthur J. Rees

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ed by scudding clouds, but a gleam of truant sunshine was sporting wantonly on the hoary castled summit of St. Michael’s Mount, and promised to visit the town later on. Mrs. Pendleton walked briskly, and soon arrived at the police station.

A young constable in the office came forward as she entered and enquired her business. She disclosed her name, and her relationship with the inmate of Flint House, deeming that would be sufficient to gain her an interview with somebody in authority. In that expectation she was not disappointed. The constable favoured her with a good hard stare, went into another room, and reappeared to say that Inspector Dawfield would see her at once.

She followed him into the inner room, where a slight man of middle age was seated at a leather-covered table opening his morning correspondence. He looked up and bowed as he saw his visitor, but waited until the constable had retired before he spoke.

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Community Reviews

This story starts with a locked room mystery but it's much more than that. Just as much a whydunnit as a whodunnit. There is no messing about you are into it right from the start. The reader will be in no doubt as to the nastiness of the obviously intended victim in chapter one. Good descriptions...more

I enjoyed this book, it's a pretty typical mystery/crime/thriller of the era. It has some locked-room aspects, although I think it's only a small part of the story. This particular (Kindle) edition is very well proofed and edited, I only recall one instance of a broken paragraph.

I'm a...more

OK thriller from the Golden Age. It kept my interest all the way through, unlike many "thrillers" of today.

I'm just catching up on these as they are being re-released. I've never really been into murder mystery locked room mysteries or any of those but I enjoyed this one and the Hand in the Darkness. They both felt like contemporary novels written in a 1940s style. really good.

Dated thriller.Not bad.

Don't Read This in a Down Mood

Dreary setting, depressed and depressing characters, sad ending: If you've been unnecessarily cheerful and upbeat lately, this is the perfect antidote.

Above average murder mystery which makes the most of a broken clock and its desolate setting on the wind-swept Cornish coast.

Robert Turold has spent thirty years set on a single idea, to complete the genealogy of his family that will restore a title which has been in a state of abeyan...more