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Mystery at Geneva

Dame Rose Macaulay

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Henry Beechtree, a newspaper correspondent for the British Bolshevist, is covering the latest otherwise sleepy session of the League of Nations in Geneva, when the newly elected President – a member of the Norwegian delegation – disappears mysteriously, adding some badly needed ‘spice’ to Henry's assignment.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .nd perturbed; the more irresponsible juniors seemed amused, others anxious. The Secretary-General was talking gravely to another high official.

The correspondent of the Daily Insurance, who had been talking in the hall to the delegates and Secretariat, watched by Henry from above with some envy, at this point entered the Press Gallery, edged his way to his seat, picked up the papers he had deposited there earlier, and made rapidly for the exit.

“Got a story already?” Grattan said to him.

“No, but there may be one any moment. They've sent round to the Metropole, and Svensen didn't sleep in his bed. He never came in last night after dinner.”

He was off. Grattan whistled, and looked more cheerful.

“That's good enough. That's a story in itself. Didn't sleep in his bed. That's a headline all right. Good old Svensen. Here, I'm going down to hear more. Mustn't let[Pg 46] Jefferson get ahead of us. Come . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Its the 1920s and an otherwise boring session of the League of Nations quickly becomes excitement for Henry Beachtree, a correspondent for the British Bolshevist, when the League's newly elected President disappears. Following this, two more disappearing acts occur coupled with a host of other ra...more

I knew there was something odd about the hero. There are some longueurs mid-book, but the end redeems it. A quirky little novel which is also a slice of history.

Reminded me a little of The Man Who Was Thursday. Light, enjoyable and clever, and I liked the possibility that Henry was trans.

Henry Beechtree, a newspaper correspondent for the British Bolshevist, is covering the latest otherwise sleepy session of the League of Nations in Geneva, when the newly elected President – a member of the Norwegian delegation – disappears mysteriously, adding some badly needed ‘spice’ to Henry's...more