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The Opal Serpent

Fergus Hume

Book Overview: 

An old pawnbroker is found strangled with his lips pinned together with an opal serpent broach. He has a beautiful daughter who is apparently the heir of his large estate. But another claimant has made herself known as the actual daughter of the pawnbroker. Follow detective Hurd as he unravels the convoluted mystery of the old man’s death and attempts to determine who is the rightful heir

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .rman turned even whiter than he was by nature, and the perspiration suddenly beaded his bald forehead. "The opal serpent!" he cried.

"Yes—the brooch he showed me."

"He showed you!" cried Aaron, with a groan. "And what did he tell you about it?—what—what—what—the truth or—" He became passionate.

Debby grasped Aaron's arm and whirled him into the middle of the room like a feather. Then she planted herself before Sylvia, with her arms akimbo, and glared like a lioness. "You can pinch me, sir, or gives me black eyes and red noses if you like, but no finger on my precious, if I die for it."

Aaron was staggered by this defiance, and looked fierce for the moment. Then he became timid again and cast the odd, anxious look over his shoulder. "Leave the room, Deborah," he said in a mild voice.

The faithful maid replied by sitting down and [Pg 65] folding her arms. "Get your wild horses, sir," she said,. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Another good old fashioned page turner from Fergus Hume. I enjoyed it. However, as with a lot of the books of this period (I find) there is too much reliance on coincidence. The Opal Serpent is a jewelled brooch given to someone's mother donkeys years ago. She gives it to her son who just happens to

Really enjoyed my first read by Fergus Hume, a classic murder mystery with lots of twists and turns throughout. It’s set in the early 1900s and has definite lingering Victorian vibes to it, and even a streak or two of Gothic flavor to it with the secrets and jewels and a dash of bigamy. I really enj

Enjoyable classic reading for those who are fans of old style mysteries. Like the book.

Good read

A good book, old style of writing but enjoyable to me. Would recommend to anyone who likes old books, enjoy!

Twists, murder, greed, romance and Richard Kilmer (narration) - what more can you ask of a good read?!? A classic... Recommended.

Not the best example of Hume's repertoire.