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The Mystery of Cloomber

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Book Overview: 

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

1.5* After reading "The White Company" (which I loved), I was more than ready to see what other gems ACD had up his sleeve. This was a mystery (I use that word loosely) more in the Wilkie Collins vein - that is, more spooky and spiritualist than whodunnit (WC fans are now booing, I know). Doyle is a

Supernatural mystery with a Scottish flavour...more

I really enjoyed this book, though being one of Conan Doyle's earlier books it had a great deal of plot holes. Some of the plot holes - like unresolved mysteries or unidentified dramatic tension - took away from the plot, while some added an unintentional element of humor. For example, Conan Doyle c

Apparently, this is Conan Doyle's "forgotten novel." I'm not exactly sure why, though... Personally, I found it to be as good as some of his popular works. The mystery aspect is quite engaging, although the book itself suffers from being over-written and probably would have worked better as another

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

Those mysterious Orientals...

When a new neighbour moves into the long vacant Cloomber Hall, our narrator John Hunter West and his father and sister are keen to make their acquaintance, since their estate in Wigtownshire, in Scotland’s southwestern corner, doesn’t afford much in the way of society. B

Sir Doyle was a very well-informed author. So shocking was his familiarity with the traditions and beliefs of Buddhists and Eastern poets and writers in this story, that I thought he has been to the Middle East for a lifetime. His excellent knowledge coupled with his thrilling creativity has always

Suspenseful supernatural mystery that does not feature Sherlock Holmes. Centers around a mysterious reclusive family that moves into a remote village. Their tale reaches from the shores of Ireland to the mountains of Afghanistan. Very gothic, and very enjoyable.

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