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Mrs. Raffles

John Kendrick Bangs

Book Overview: 

Mrs. Raffles, widow of the now deceased A. J. Raffles (who was the gentleman thief pursued at one time by Sherlock Holmes), continues the family legacy of crime—but this time in America. These stories are narrated by her cohort, Harry “Bunny” Manders, previously the devoted friend and sidekick of A.J. Raffles before his death.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .The first big coup after my arrival, as the result of her genius, was in the affair of Mrs. Gaster's maid. Henriette had been to a bridge afternoon at Mrs. Gaster's and upon her return manifested an extraordinary degree of excitement. Her color was high, and when she spoke her voice was tremulous.[Pg 31] Her disturbed condition was so evident that my heart sank into my boots, for in our business nerve is a sine qua non of success, and it looked to me as if Henriette was losing hers. She has probably lost at cards to-day, I thought, and it has affected her usual calmness. I must do something to warn her against this momentary weakness. With this idea in mind, when the opportunity presented itself later I spoke.

"You lost at bridge to-day, Henriette," I said.

"Yes," she replied. "Twenty-five hundred dollars in two hours. How did you guess?"

"By your manner," said I. "You are as nervous as a young girl at a commencement celebration. This won't do,. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Mrs. Raffles is the story of how a pair of thieves weasel themselves into American high society and begin gleefully ripping off everyone around them. Warrington Bunny is our protagonist, a professional henchman who is hopelessly in love with the scheming and ingenious wife of his previous (and decea

Love doesn't always conquer all. This is an enchanting spoof of high society and larceny. The widow, Mrs. Raffles moves from South Africa after the death of her husband and takes up a new life, residence and occupation in the United States. Her residence was a rented for $2500.00 monthly and was pai

Very funny send-up of Raffles; his widow takes up his job in a much more successful way, moving to America and taking advantage of the stupidity of the rich and the underestimation of women. A very funny satire of high society and social conventions.

A humorous sequel to Raffles stories and a parody of American high society of early 20th century. Doesn't follow them closely and no satisfying explanation is given for the sudden appearance of a hitherto unknown Mrs. Raffles, but entertaining nevertheless. 'Raffles Holmes', also by the same author

"Tush, Bunny," said she. "There isn't going to be any even then. Six months from now these people will have forgotten all about it. It's a little way they have. Their memory for faces and the money they spend is shorter than the purse of a bankrupt. Have no fear."
- Mrs. A. J. Van Raffles

The adventur

Brilliant - captures E.W. Hornung's style perfectly. It's a wonderful send-up of early 20th century society - read between the lines of the Rockerbilts, the Gasters, and the Gushingtons.