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The Poisoned Pen

Arthur B. Reeve

Book Overview: 

This book contains twelve of Professor Kennedy's adventures. The interesting thing about these stories is Kennedy uses newly discovered science from his time period, which we take for granted today. The title story features the use of special inks. One which disappears in sunlight and one which appears in sunlight, so that the text on a note found in possession of a murder victim changes completely, making it almost impossible for Kennedy to track down the killer. Each story features a fascinating look at life in the early 20th century, and even includes some action along the way.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .revolutionists would have furnished material for a story in themselves. But nowhere had they any word of Kazanovitch, until I visited a Polish artist who was illustrating his stories. He had been there, looking very worn and tired, and had talked vacantly about the sketches which the artist had showed him. After that I lost all trace of him again. It was nearly noon as I hurried to meet Craig at Kharkoff's.

Imagine my surprise to see Kazanovitch already there, seated in the wrecked office, furiously smoking cigarettes and showing evident signs of having something very disturbing on his mind. The moment he caught sight of me, he hurried forward.

"Is Professor Kennedy coming soon?" he inquired eagerly. "I was going up to his laboratory, but I called up Nevsky, and she said he would be here at noon." Then he put his hand up to my ear and whispered, "I have found out who it was who shadowed Kharkoff."

"Who?" I. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A collection of short stories from the American version, so they say, of Sherlock Holmes.

To be honest, I don't care for the original Doyle stories--they're very much gimmick and very little character. Modern iterations of the characters are much more engaging.

However, even compared to the rathe...more

This is the first short story book I have listened to. There were 9 or 10 stories. Though I did enjoy 3 a lot, the other 6/7 I found hard to follow or if I could follow them the ending was dull and seemed rushed.

An interesting array of mystery stories:

As each story had its own mystery there was always something new to ponder. This book was quite interesting with all of the older scientific methods he used in each tale.

I really liked this, it was light and fun. It tried to be Sherlock Holmes and while it fell a little short of that I still liked it.

Sometimes the science explanations get a little long-winded, I must have tuned out a whole paragraph of The Campaign Grafter because Reeve just went on about proces...more

This was a fun little murder mystery! poison and all. I didn't guess the end, but then I didn't have the details. We find out at the big reveal.

The writing style was a bit stodgy but the cases covered a range of interesting problems.

I liked it. Not too bad for a mystery. I think a science geek or a tech nerd would enjoy this book though.

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