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The Postmaster's Daughter

Louis Tracy

Book Overview: 

A charming mystery story set in the early 1900s which is as much about the townspeople, sleuths and other colorful characters as it is about the murder. Filled with comic antics of Scotland Yard fellows, local police, and residents of the town, keeps the murder ever elusive. The "whodunit" is maintained until the very end and the laughter keeps going even after the mystery is solved.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .bly was, watching your star-gazing, especially as your pupil chanced to be, shall I say, a remarkably attractive young lady ... No, no," for Grant's anger was unmistakable—"It does no good to blaze out in protest. An unhappy combination of circumstances must be faced candidly. Here are you and a pretty girl together in a garden at a rather late hour, and a woman whom you once wanted to marry spying on you, in all likelihood. I've met a few coroner's juries in my time, and not one of them but would deem the coincidence strange, to put it mildly."

"What in Heaven's name are you driving at?"

"You must not impute motives, sir. I am seeking them, not supplying them."

"But what am I to say?"

"Perhaps you will now tell me just how Miss Melhuish and you parted."

The fencers were coming to close quarters. Even P. C. Robinson had to admit that his "boss" had cornered the suspect rather cleverly.

Grant realized that there. . . Read More

Community Reviews

There was a phase in my life when I liked all these "someone-or-whoever's Daughter/Son/Mother/Father" titled books. This one didn't let me down, but it wasn't what I expected.

An interesting mystery that kept me thinking a lot, too. Because of the old English used, sometimes I wasn't sure if the conv

Not a bad yarn set in very rural Sussex with a lot of "Oo Ar" type of dialogue. A famous actress is found dead in the river on the property of her former lover who is immediately fancied by the locals as the murderer. Detectives Furneaux and Winter from Scotland Yard are sent to investigate. They ar

I didn't connect

After I completed the reading of the book I found it was not a gripping novel! The flow of the novel did not move along well.

Very Good Mystery pub(1916)

The characters are fully developed and the vivid descriptions of that period in England suck you into the story.. A very good read.

Slow and a bit short on plot, but the characters, their interactions, and dialog kept me going. It was fun.

I loved this story. It was not too long, not too short, not too wide, not too narrow. Just perfect. And I always have a good read when Furneaux and Winter are on the scene. They kind of remind me of Poirot, Cpt. Hastings, and Inspector Japp. They always make me laugh. Wally Hart was just priceless.

A delightful classic mystery, featuring a young writer instantly condemned in public opinion and his lady love, unwillingly snarled in the same mess. Two Scotland Yard detectives get to do their best to save the day and Grant's neck.

There were a bunch of characters, so it would have been easier to k

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This book was written over one hundred years ago so I was expecting it to be a hard read because of changes in language. Ha, a bit like reading Beowulf for English lit. Well, I was totally wrong on that. I had no trouble understanding what what was conveyed and I am from Texas as well! Anyway, the b

Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, which was written almost a hundred years back. Nice, clean story set in the delightful environs of early twentieth century England. A pleasant, cosy mystery. Hope to check out another Louis Tracy book soon.

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