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Scarhaven Keep

J. S. Fletcher

Book Overview: 

The northern English sea coast provides a compelling backdrop for this genre of writing; a mysterious disappearance, a love interest, and plot twists 'se mijotent' to produce an intriguing read.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .So there was no news of him last night?" asked Copplestone.

"Neither last night nor this morning, my boy," replied Stafford. "Of course not! No—he never left here, not he! Now then, let Mrs. Wooler serve us that nice breakfast which I'm sure she has in readiness, and then we're going to plunge into business, hot and strong. There's a couple of detectives coming on by the nine o'clock train, and we're going to do the whole thing thoroughly."

"What about his brother?" inquired Copplestone.

"I wired him last night to his London address, and got a reply first thing this morning," said Stafford. "He's coming along by the 5:15 A.M. from King's Cross—he'll be here before noon. I want to get things to work before he arrives, though. And the first thing to do, of course, is to make sympathetic inquiry, and to search the shore, and the cliffs, and these woods—and that Keep. All that we'll attend to a. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is a good mystery from 1922. It takes place in northern England. Oliver Bassett, an acter and director of a theater company is missing. A young author Mr. Copplestone, who has come to meet with Bassett and the business manager start out to find him. They track him to Scarhaven, where Copples...more

This was great fun. I am still a little annoyed that it is an abridged version, as I don't remember seeing this advertised when I got it, but I still enjoyed the book and didn't feel like I suffered for it being abridged. Without having read the full version it's hard to say what effect this has...more

Un giallo piuttosto atipico, dal momento che sembra più una specie di action che crime. Infatti, la morte del famoso attore di teatro rimane praticamente subito in ombra per far spazio ad una cospirazione, possiamo chiamarla così, che ruota tutto intorno al piccolo paesino di Scarhaven. Ci sono a...more

Bassett Oliver, actor and producer has gone missing while on a Sunday excursion. It fall to playwright Richard Copplestone to start the investigation and re-trace his steps of the previous day. What secrets will be revealed in this mystery set in 1913 and written in the 1920s.
An enjoyable story.

Non c'è enigma.

SPOILER

La vera identità di Marston Greyle si capisce subito (o meglio che lui non è il vero M.G.). Dopo di che, il libro diventa un giallo fatto di inseguimenti, avventure, naufragi su isole deserte, rincorse fra "guardie e ladri" per trovare il malloppo. Il coinvolgimento di Addi...more

Despite the prevalence of coincidence -that remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances without apparent causal connection - there is enough meat on the bones of plot in Scarhaven Keep to make a decent read. I'm now fully aware what to expect in the next Fletcher, and have begun to wonder i...more

A classic 1920's mystery novel. There is a love interest, action, and an interesting twist. Worth reading

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