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Selected Uncle Abner Mysteries

Melville Davisson Post

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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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This book, while written from the viewpoint of an eight year old boy, is the perfect example of what a good man who has faith in God, his fellow man and his own sense of fairness can accomplish.
The mysteries are such that the reader may get an inkling of the truth, but mostly the process of getting

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This is a quirky book wherein each chapter is a new mystery introduced, investigated and solved by the "Uncle" of the central character who is a young boy who is between 9 and 12 years of age. Uncle Abner is something like "Monk" or "Sherlock Holmes" in that he sees and understands things that other

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

A nice collection of short stories. It is set in Virginia before the Civil War. Uncle Abner is a wise, religious and observant man who solve frontier mysteries and deliver frontier justice using his power of observation and deductive skills. A few stories relate to land use, land deeds and inheritan

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

“Sometimes, a man’s voice can be all that separates darkness from light.”

Despite breaking every current political correctness standard, these stories (first published in 1914) are well-written. Women’s roles, slavery, sympathetic Christians. Abner is the sleuth, solving apparently insolvable crimes

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 second reading...
Staunch Christian. Unapologetically American. Those are the best aspects of this book.
About the first aspect, staunch Christi

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