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The Mystery of 31 New Inn

R. Austin Freeman

Book Overview: 

Jeffrey Blackmore suspiciously made two wills, both deceptively alike, but still, in a cunning way, completely different. John Thorndyke, equally cunning and smart, smells something fishy. With stylish cool and logic, he leads the story up to its marvelous climax.

Recommended for fans of John Grisham, James Patterson, Janet Evanovich, Scott Turow and David Baldacci.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .taken a large dose, and, if he has been in the habit of consuming large quantities, his stock would be pretty bulky. I can offer no suggestion whatever."

"I suppose you consider him quite out of danger now?"

"Oh, not at all. I think we can pull him round if we persevere, but he must not be allowed to sink back into a state of coma. We must keep him on the move until the effects of the drug have really passed off. If you will put him into his dressing-gown we will walk him up and down the room for a while."

"But is that safe?" Mr. Weiss asked anxiously.

"Quite safe," I answered. "I will watch his pulse carefully. The danger is in the possibility, or rather certainty, of a relapse if he is not kept moving."

With obvious unwillingness and disapproval, Mr. Weiss produced a dressing-gown and together we invested the patient in it. Then we dragged him, very limp, but not entirely unresisting, out of bed and stood him on h. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Jervis is called to visit a sick man while he is subbing for another doctor. The coach has blackened windows and takes him for a long drive. He is shown Graves, a very sick man in a dark room by Mr. Weiss and and the housekeeper, Mrs. Shallibaum. Jervis cares for Graves, but discovers he has had...more

I was so bored.

Which is a shame, because this has the potential to be a good book. It has such an intriguing mystery, and it has the makings of what could be a hooking, interesting mystery plot. But it's told very plainly in a way that doesn't intrigue the reader at all. It might only be 200 pag...more

While I enjoyed this 4th book in the Dr. Thorndyke series, it seemed unlikely to me that Jervis (who first enters Dr. Thorndyke's employment during the course of the book) couldn't make some connections that struck me as obvious such as (view spoiler)[his patient Graves had a specific type of injury to his righ... (hide spoiler)]

Long winded traditional mystery featuring Dr. John Thorndyke. Even though the book is only a little over 200 pages, it feels like it's over 400. It just takes forever to get anywhere.

We are creatures of habit, especially of the tea habit.

This book just didn't work for me. It starts with Jarvis getting involved in a very mysterious case. Some time later Thorndyke is asked to consult on a completely different case that has of course no apparent connection to the first one.
No, I don'...more

This is an interesting mystery that involves a Sherlock Holmes-like MD with a law degree and his Watson -like assistant. Although the plot is entertaining, it moves a bit slowly and at one point I took a rest from it even though it is not a long book. The resolution of the mystery made it worth t...more

Doctor and lawyer John Thorndyke is a contemporary to Sherlock Holmes (the Thorndyke books were written around the same time), and he uses much the same methods as his more well known counterpart. This tale is narrated by his junior associate Dr. Jervis (a counterpart to Dr. Watson). Unfortunatel...more

A classic English mystery with the detective, Dr. Thorndyke, solving what appears to be two disparate mysteries. One is an apparent suicide with a disputed will; the other is one of his sidekick's (Dr. Jervis) odd case of an apparent poisoning. Despite the twists and turns, the mysteries are solv...more

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