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The Seven Secrets

William Le Queux

Book Overview: 

A true “whodunit” with as many twists and turns as an English country road. Old man Courtenay is found murdered in his bed. Dr. Ralph Boyd is summoned to Courtenay Manor to examine the slain man and discovers a clue that might solve the case. But, he decides to keep the clue private for personal reasons. In the meantime, Scotland Yard has no clues as the culprits or the motive. Dr. Boyd, because of his new found clue, is sure he knows who is the murderer. Or, is it a murderess? His intimate acquaintance, Ambler Jevons, is also investigating the crime but Dr. Boyd does not share his discoveries with him. Sure of his findings, a bizarre midnight encounter turns all Boyd's judgments upside down and the case becomes more peculiar than when it started. What are the seven secrets needed to decode this murder, or is it a conspiracy?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .is efforts were always apart, and generally marked by cunning ingenuity and swift logical reasoning that were alike remarkable and marvellous.

I gave him a brief terse outline of the tragedy, and then, unlocking the door of the room where the dead man still lay in the same position as when discovered, allowed him in.

[Pg 67]The place was in darkness, so I drew up the Venetian blinds, letting in the grey depressing light of the wintry morning.

He advanced to the bed, stood in the exact spot where I had stood, and where without doubt the murderer had stood, and folding his arms gazed straight and long upon the dead man’s features.

Then he gave vent to a kind of dissatisfied grunt, and turned down the coverlet in order to examine the wound, while I stood by his side in silence.

Suddenly he swung round on his heel, and measured the paces between the bed and the door. Then he went to the window and looked out; afterwards mak. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I liked this book. Have read two by this author and found some of the characters and story line between the two to be similar. There was enough difference to hold my attention. A quick read. Probably will not read another, however.

I read a fair amount of material which is roughly contemporary with Sherlock Holmes. One of those authors who wrote books dealing with crimes and dirty doings around the turn of the 20th century was William le Queux. Some of his books deal with the ever-present threat (at least in the minds of ma...more

Interesting as a historical piece, but sadly dated in plot and characterization.

An old-fashioned mystery

This book was hard to put down. The mysteries just kept piling on one after the other. And the murderer turned out to be the last person you'd suspect.

Slow. Dated. Some loose ends never resolved.

Surprising twists, well developed characters, no profanity, liked the unusual plot. Classic. Well narrated by Tom Weiss.

Full of curious mysteries.

I love British murder mysteries and this was not a disappointment. It was a combination of Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes. I've already purchased another book in this series.

A fairly decent mystery that holds up pretty well. Though I found the conclusion a bit disappointing in how the seven secrets were solved.

Not half bad. Will check for more LeQueux. Well worth the time.

About exactly what I expected from the genre and era.

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