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The Mystery of Cloomber

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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The book is narrated by John Fothergill West, who tries to discover why the tenant of Cloomber Hall, General Heatherstone, is nervous to the point of being paranoid. Why are his fears becoming stronger every year at the fifth of October? And why doesn't he let his children leave home? This is a great mystery novel with a sharp twist at the end.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I only know that he imagines some deadly danger to be hanging over his head, and that this danger was incurred by him during his stay in India. What its nature may be I have no more idea than you have."

"Then your brother has," I remarked. "I am sure from the way in which he spoke to me about it one day that he knows what it is, and that he looks upon it as real."

"Yes, he knows, and so does my mother," she answered, "but they have always kept it secret from me. My poor father is very excited at present. Day and night he is in an agony of apprehension, but it will soon be the fifth of October, and after that he will be at peace."

"How do you know that?" I asked in surprise.

"By experience," she answered gravely. "On the fifth of October these fears of his come to a crisis. For years back he has been in the habit of locking Mordaunt and myself up in our rooms on that date, so that we have no idea what occurs, but we have always foun. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Although not a mystery in the traditional sense, The Mystery of Cloomber takes several disparate and unique genre elements to combine them into a blend that is both interesting and classic. Here, Conan Doyle, writes about a Scottish family that gets new neighbors to their remote coastal home. When t

Slightly mixed feelings on this. Readable and intriguing but not one of his best mysteries.

The biggest irony about the life of Conan Doyle is that, he who created the biggest rationalist in literature, had believed in supernatural phenomena, superstitions and the like. So we can find loads of his tales, as novels and short stories that deal generously with such premises. As someone who re

Ако търсите лека и бърза за четене класика, ако си падате по викторианските трилъри или пък ако чисто и просто вече сте изчели (и препрочели) всичко за Шерлок Холмс и сте жадни за още, то „Загадката на имението „Клумбър“ (изд. „Сиела”) е именно за вас! Една от по-малко популярните творби на Сър Артъ

Publicada por primera vez en entregas entre el 10 y el 29 de septiembre de 1888 en el periódico Pall Mall Gazette —periódico fundado por el prestigioso George Murray Smith, editor de Charlotte Brontë o Thackeray entre otros —, y con ilustraciones de George Hutchinson, El misterio de Cloomber se publ

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