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No Clue! A Mystery Story

James Hay

Book Overview: 

“No Clue! A Mystery Story” finds detective Jefferson Hastings at the home of wealthy but eccentric Arthur Sloane one hot summer night, when two other guests at Sloanehurst stumble across the body of young Mildred Brace lying dead on the lawn. Sloane’s daughter Lucille asks Hastings to help solve the crime, but Hastings gets surprisingly little help from anybody he interviews, including Mr. Sloane himself and even the mother of the victim. With few clues to aid him and nobody beyond suspicion, including himself, seemingly rock solid alibis begin to fall apart, expanding the list of potential suspects, and Hastings must rely on subtle expressions and the scant evidence at hand to try to solve the murder.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .There was hardness about her, and in her, everywhere.

A slow, warm breeze brought through the curtainless window a disagreeable odour, sour and fetid. The apartment was at the back of the building; the odour came from a littered courtyard, a conglomeration of wet ashes, neglected garbage, little filthy pools, warmed into activity by the sun, high enough now to touch them. He could see the picture without looking—and that odour struck him as excruciatingly appropriate to this woman's soul.

"Berne Webster killed my daughter," she said evenly, hands moveless in her lap. "There are several reasons for my saying so. Mildred was his stenographer for eight months, and he fell in love with her—that was the way he described his feeling, and intention, toward her. The usual thing happened; he discharged her two weeks ago.

"He wants to marry money. You know about that, I take it—Miss Sloane, daughter of A. B. Sloane, Sloanehurst, where s. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Good standard murder mystery. Audio version is well read. Not very many suspects to choose from.

To be fair, I should mention I listened to this as an audiobook. The reader's tone and emphasis may have seriously impacted my ability to assess the book itself.

In any case, I was left feeling the characters were unnecessarily extreme in their caricature-ness. The swearing of the father figure in...more

This was a short mystery. I felt cheated at the end because one of the characters had been vehemently declaring that one person was the murderer then at the end that same person knew who the real murderer was. They never explained why she had been so misleading.