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The Mystery Girl

Carolyn Wells

Book Overview: 

Was it murder or suicide? All entrances to the study where the body was found were locked from the inside. The future college president and groom-to-be had no known cause for suicide, yet no clues in either direction appeared to make any sense. Was Anita, the Mystery Girl, who had just arrived in the New England college town, somehow been implicated? Had she any reason to ensure of the demise of the well-liked man? Perhaps some love letters between the two that nobody was to know about? And what of the mark of a ring on the deceased man's forehead? The college town was abuzz, and it seemed everyone had their own ideas of what actually happened.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .More, he often took it upon himself to answer a remark or question meant for her and for this he sometimes received a fleeting glance, or a ghost of a smile of approval and appreciation.

But all this was superficial. The Adamses, between themselves, decided that Miss Austin was more deeply mysterious than was shown by her disinclination to make friends. They concluded she was transacting important business of some sort, and that her sketching of the winter scenery, which she did every clear day, was merely a blind.

Though Mrs. Adams resented this, and urged her husband to send the girl packing, Old Salt demurred.

“She’s done no harm as yet,” he said. “She’s a mystery, but not a wrong one, ’s far’s I can make out. Let her alone, mother. I’ve got my eye on her.”

“I’ve got my two eyes on her, and I can see more’n you can. Why, Salt, that girl don’t hardly sleep at a. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Dated, easily solved mystery

okay, so racism and sexism abound. the identity the mystery girl is easily solved. less apparent is the method of the murder/suicide.

An interesting read

This book categorization as a ‘mystery’ was enough to attract me. John Wearing was a man with everything going for him but is found dead in his study with no indication of a weapon. Suicide was the first conclusion since the study was locked from the inside. However this theory is faulty since no...more

A locked room mystery. As in a study in the university town of Corinth a body is discovered. If murder how did the guitly party leave, but if suicide where is the weapon. And what possible motive could there be for either.
I got half the solution but not the motive but overall still an enjoyable m...more

The method used to kill John was a good one. The reason for his death, Anita being a jerk to many, the character of her mother, all the "love" at 1st sight and depth of love, not getting a divorce off the bat then pretending to have died, & the reason for the disappearance are some of the thi...more

It's not the best mystery book, but I enjoyed it. Carolyn Wells in not the best mystery writer either, but I find her writing really interesting. So yes, four stars but mainly because I had good time reading the book.

John Waring seems to have everything to look forward to. He's just been elected as president of Corinth University, and his engagement has been confirmed to an attractive local widow, who loves him dearly. But then there appears on the scene a beautiful and mysterious young woman who's quite clea...more

This is the type of book you want to like but the main characters are so insipid you really don't enjoy reading the mystery. A strange young woman comes to town and she is at turns absolutely cold and rude and then phony charming. It turns the women off but all the men seem to only see that she i...more