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Selected Uncle Abner Mysteries

Melville Davisson Post

Book Overview: 

Fourteen mysteries from the pages of the Saturday Evening Post, the Metropolitan, Red Book, and Pictorial Review magazines featuring Uncle Abner, who solves crimes in the pre-Civil War West Virginia hill country. His weapons are keen observation, logic, and a fundamentalist’s belief in the victory of good over evil. Post’s historical mysteries have been favorably compared to those of his fellow American Edgar Alan Poe.

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Community Reviews

This is a marvelous book because has so many very well crafted layers. On one layer is a glimpse into the life and times of those living in the wilderness areas in the early years of America. On another layer are numerous lessons on basic civics and law that we all need to remember. On yet another l

A collection of eighteen excellent mystery short stories in a unique setting—rural Virginia in the early 1800s. Comparison to G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown stories, which I've been reading and enjoying, are apt, though the two detectives in many respects are polar opposites—one a small, mild, Engli

18 short stories. The stories were okay, but they were written in the early 20th century and were set in the mid 19th, so the language made it difficult to follow. I was reading a Kindle edition, so there were what I believe were typos, but who knows. I just found it hard to follow the dialogue as t

Over the top awesome. Another great Christian detective. Maybe even better than Father Brown. Imagine a massive Calvinist who solves crimes in 19th century Virginia. Great stuff. Deserves a wide audience.

Melville Davisson Post (1869-1930) was born into a prosperous family in West Virginia and practiced criminal and corporate law for several years. However, after the success of his first novel series, he promptly dropped his law career to write full time. He was a prolific writer, penning numerous st

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Set in early America. The main character is very near puritanical in his views on life, and that makes for an interesting detective. I liked it.

Review for a third reading...
I didn't read every story, but the vast majority of them. I still really like them. This time the narrator caught my attention

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