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The Red Seal

Natalie Sumner Lincoln

Book Overview: 

Nothing is what it seems to be as events unfold in this entertaining mystery by Natalie Sumner Lincoln. Red seals and red herrings abound and will keep you guessing all the way through the final chapter!

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .then, as recollection came of the scene in the bank that morning, his mirth changed to grim seriousness. At his earnest solicitation and backed by Benjamin Clymer's endorsement of his plan, Colonel McIntyre had agreed to give him until Saturday night to locate the missing securities; if he failed, then the colonel proposed placing the affair in the hands of the authorities.

Kent's firm mouth settled into dogged lines at the thought; such a procedure meant besmirching Jimmie Turnbull's name; let the public get the slightest inkling that the bank cashier was suspected of forgery and there would be the devil to pay. Kent was determined to protect the honor of his dead friend, and to aid Helen McIntyre in her investigation of his sudden death.

Jimmie Turnbull had been the soul of honor; that he had ever stooped to forgery was unbelievable. There was some explanation favorable to him—there must be. Kent's clenched fist struck the arm of his, chair . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Although the book was pleasant to read, I found the plot a bit too (unnecessarily) complicated. I Spy, the former book I read that was written by Natalie Sumner Lincoln, had a less complicated plot, and nevertheless was better. Still three stars, however.

It was very interesting read. It turns out that all the suspects suspect someone else and are hiding information to protect them. The real culprit was totally unsuspected.

Following Jannette's review, indeed it wasn't the butler, but after suggesting several suspects, some more likely than others, the end of the mystery is strange. Some of the early suspects are portrayed in such a bad light that one would expect an explanation - but none came. So up to the very la...more

The least likely person did it, but at least it wasn't the butler!