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A Mysterious Disappearance

Louis Tracy

Book Overview: 

Lady Dyke disappears mysteriously, and barrister and hobby detective Claude Bruce appears to be one of the last persons to have seen her. A short time later a dead body is found in the river, and Bruce follows the trails. Who is Sydney H. Corbett? Why did the Lady's maid disappear shortly after her Lady? And what business did Lady Dyke have at Sloane Square? If Bruce can find the answer to these questions, he will find the solution to the mystery.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Mrs. Hillmer’s brother had changed his name to conceal himself from Dodge, it was likely to be successful.

“Anyhow, I am here, Mr. Dodge,” he said cheerfully, “so I may as well enter into negotiations with you. Have you any good things in hand at this moment?”

“Some of the best. We are just waiting for the market [Pg 60]to ease a bit, and we shall have at least five splendid properties to place before the public. By the way, do you smoke?”

Bruce did smoke; and Mr. Dodge produced a box of excellent cigars. Then he warmed to his work.

“Here is the prospectus of the Golden Halo Mine, capital £150,000, for which the vendors are asking £140,000 in cash, with a working capital of £10,000. The ore now in sight is estimated to produce two millions sterling, and the mine is not one-tenth developed. We are offering underwriters ten per cent in cash, and there is not the slightest r. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Love this book and can't wait to find more from Tracy. I don't like modern fiction--too graphic for my taste--and this 1905 book fits the bill. Intricate mystery, but I had an inkling of the ending after a while, although I was wrong about the reason and how it did happen. I read from an old 1927 Am

November 1903 when a titled lady leaves her London residence to visit her sister and disappears. She never arrives at her sister and her sister had no knowledge of her intended visit. Some days later, a body is recovered from the Thames, but neither her husband nor maidservant say it is the missing

This was my first book by Louis Tracy and I was amused though driven to impatience at times as the
tangles of the complicated plot could have been simplified. Published in 1905; pickled in beliefs of that time; witticisms accepted then do not translate well to the present; illogical actions by Scot

Just re-read and my original review still stands. However I have reduced my rating to 3 stars as there are several outrageous coincidences which reduce credibility.

I read this quite short book in one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed it. A really good page turner if a little predictable. Interesting in

First book I've read or listened to by Louis Tracy. I will look for more of his titles.

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