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The Riddle of the Frozen Flame

Mary E. Hanshew and Thomas W. Hanshew

Book Overview: 

Another full-length mystery story featuring Hamilton Cleek, whom we met first in Cleek: The Man of the Forty Faces. This time, Cleek investigates the sinister disappearance of people and the mysterious appearance of flames at night in the desolate Fens, and his friend Superintendent Narkom of Scotland Yard tries to solve some tricky cases of bank robberies in London.

While not quite up to the standard we have come to expect from previous Cleek adventures, it is still quite a jolly romp, and Cleek's cockney sidekick Dollops is always good fun.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .That man's nerves are like unstrung wires. Hardly ever seen a chap so frightened in all the course of my medical career. He's either had experience of the thing, or he knows something about it. Whichever way it is, he's the most terrified object I've ever laid eyes on!"

Merriton broke into a laugh. But there was not much merriment in it, rather a note of uneasiness which made Tony West glance up at him sharply.

"Best place for you, old chap, is your bed," he said, getting to his feet and laying an arm across Nigel's shoulders. "Livin' down here does seem to play the old Harry with one's nerves. I'm as jumpy as a kitten myself. Take it from me, Wynne will return, Nigel, and when he does he'll see to it that we all hear him. He'll probably break every pane of glass in the place with a stone, and play a devil's dance upon the knocker. That's his usual way of expressin' his pleasure, I believe. Here, here's health to you, old boy, and happiness, and the bes. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is another book featuring Detective Hamilton Cleek who was introduced in Cleek: The Man of the Forty Faces first published in 1913. This super sleuth and master of disguise will bedazzle you once more as he ingeniously solves a new case. Without the logical mind and condescending manners of...more

This is a classic mystery, so is old-fashioned in feel, but quite intriguing. Mr. Cleek, detective extraordinaire is called in to solve the mysterious disappearances and the frozen flame phenomenon for the relative of a friend. Using disguises, clues, and his brain he solves several mysteries in...more

The Riddle of the Frozen Flame, this was great I enjoyed it, in some aspects it reminded me of The Hound of the Baskervilles.
Its a great classic murder/crime mystery, with all the 'flames' out on the fen, the underground tunnels, the murders, the innocent rich guy, the cover ups, that really sma...more

It kept drawing me back. If you like Sherlock Holmes you will love this book.

Excellent reader, typical Cleek mystery.

A very good mystery, though a bit lengthy. The style is mostly straightforward--readers are walked through the events as they unfold, learning what the detective learns, and are given a sporting chance at competing with the detective if they so chose, or to simply enjoy the mystery.

In the backdro...more

Sort of a Hardy Boy's or Nancy Drew for adults mystery featuring mysterious lights, an old country manor, tall tales, whispered amongst the local country folk and a virtuous women defending her man from a series of flagrantly wicked accusations, not to mention a body or two.

Well I liked the Hard...more

The 3rd of the Hamilton Cleek detectives stories and a very satisfying one. Has elements of the Hounds of the Baskerville in that a supernatural occurrence is leading to the death of anybody who investigates the "Frozen Flames." Cleek the man with the rubber face and the master of disguise and fo...more

A clean-cut young soldier fights the sinister frame that has him accused of murder, and the beautiful young woman who loves him tries to help, but there's no help short of Cleck, the mysterious friend of Scotland Yard who can be disguised as almost anyone. Very old fashioned, but none the worse f...more

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