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Seven Keys to Baldpate

Earl Derr Biggers

Book Overview: 

Dime-store novelist William Magee has gone to Baldpate Inn to do a little soul-searching in an attempt to write a serious work. Thinking he will be alone and uninterrupted, Magee arrives at the inn in the dead of winter. But he discovers that there are six other keys to Baldpate Inn, and the holders of those keys enliven his stay with bribery, shootings and plenty of mystery.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ing from bed and running into the other room, where the hermit was persuading a faint blaze, "I've an idea. You can cook, can't you?"

"Cook?" repeated the hermit. "Well, yes, I've had to learn a few things about it, living far from the rathskellars the way I do."

"The very man," rejoiced Mr. Magee. "You must stay here and cook for me—for us."

"Us?" asked the hermit, staring.

"Yes. I forgot to tell you. After Mr. Quimby left me last night, two other amateur hermits hove in view. One is a haberdasher with a broken heart—"

"Woman," cried the triumphant Peters.

"Name, Arabella," laughed Magee. "The other's a college professor who made an indiscreet remark about blondes. You won't mind them, I'm sure, and they may be able to help you a lot with your great work."

"I don't know what Quimby will say," studied the hermit. "I reckon he'll run 'em out. He's against this thing—afraid of fire."

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Community Reviews

This was okay, some parts a bit drawn out, some parts tedious, some with a bit of excitement. But generally okay...more

Not a bad book but leaves one not sure if it was intended to be real mystery or a comedy of errors - people showing up, wandering the halls of the inn, running into each other, not knowing who it is they encounter in the halls. I saw it as a somewhat comic play and thought the book would be so....more

I owned this book for a few years before reading it, and I don't know what took me so long. It is a well written, sometimes clever, sometimes predictable, but always an entertaining and fun mystery about an author who visits Baldpate, a summer hotel that usually houses old fashioned women and agi...more

I recently saw a news story about the Baldpate Inn in Colorado on the CBS Morning Show. The inn was interesting in that guests who go there usually leave the inn a key and the inn has the largest collection of keys in the world. Turns out the Inn was named after a fictional Inn in Biggers' novel...more


I just love these old fashion mysteries. Written in 1913 by Earl Derr Biggers who also wrote the Charlie Chan books, this mystery is set at Baldpate Inn in upper New York the week before Christmas.

A famous young pulp fiction writer, socialite from New York City, wants to get...more

really loved the "tongue in cheek" style - not very well written but so funny - a whole bunch of crazy characters, all wanting something from William Magee who only wanted to write a novel in total solitude


Not recommended.

رواية كلاسيكية كما يجب للكلاسيكيات أن تكون ... وللعلم فأنا أحب الكلاسيكيات كثيرا لما تتمتع به من عناصر إثارة وتشويق مع البساطة والقدرة على إثارة الدهشة واستجلاب البسمة :)

الكاتب هنا غير مشهور ولكن المقدمة كانت كافية للتعريف به وكانت وافية

القصة نفسها غريبة ومسلية ... من نوع المغامرات ... قيل أنها ق...more

فيلم عربي! لا أعرف لماذا تم اختيارها لسلسلة روايات عالمية للجيب من الأصل ؟!

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