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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

I wasn't impressed with this story. I figured out who had killed the victim early on in the story. Bits of it seemed to drag making it hard to finish.

Lady Dyke leaves her mansion and mysteriously disappears, but a barrister/amateur detective and a Scotland Yard officer undertake a rather exhausting investigation eventually solving the mystery...

I'd recommend this to lovers of the occasional classic mystery, the plot is an interesting and quite...more

Tracy has a light, easy writing style, but MD's plot is convoluted, with a twist at the end you can't quite believe. So less than three stars, but it was a pleasant read for much of the way.

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 S...more

I read this quite short book in one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed it. A really good page turner if a little predictable. Interesting insight into the life of the upper crust of English society at the turn of the 19th century.

Amazing how a story written over 100 years ago shares so many functionally similarities to modern times: London in 1900 didn't have email or text messaging but there were multiple postal deliveries and telegrams so timely communications were available. Trains made all of Great Britain accessible...more

Fun, albeit a little too forceful in claiming that women are of lesser intelligence and character.

A typical turn of the century (1900s) whodunit. It had enough plot twists to keep me interested. The ending was a bit obvious but was told in an interesting manner. Claude Bruce is a lawyer who gets involved in the disappearance of his friend's wife. When a body appears in the river, Bruce sets o...more

Written in 1905, this isn't an especially riveting tale, but carries the reader from point to point effectively, if slowly. The pacing is not the modern, action-packed ride that one typically associates with mysteries. True to its time period, there is much talking, much description, and lots of...more

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

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