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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

4.50

This book's ending was a bit dumb. The motivation of, um... To avoid spoilers, all I need to say is that a character's motivation for that character's actions was pretty weak. For that, I dock 0.25 off the final grade, Dame Rose Macaulay. The other 0.25 is also related to the weakness of the end

Light but very humorous and well written account of the disappearance of delegates of the United Nations from a Geneva Conference. Some slightly fantastical elements include the reemergence of a tsarist Russia, a cross dressing anti heroine who fails to come out on top and siblings of detective and

It is hard to remember why another review of Dame Rose Macauly’s aptly named Mystery at Geneva An Improbable Tale of Singular Happenings Kindle Edition fell onto Kindle. It may never have gotten read except I was looking for something short. That Dame Macaulay was made a Dame of the British Empire w

1922. League of Nations. Hysterical.

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 as

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