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The Shrieking Pit

Arthur J. Rees

Book Overview: 

Grant Colwyn, a private detective, is holidaying in East Anglia when he notices a young man at a nearby table behaving peculiarly. The young man later leaves the hotel without paying his bill, and turns up in a nearby hamlet in the Norfolk marshes where he takes lodgings at the village inn. The next day, another guest at the inn is found dead, and the young man is missing. Can Colwyn sort out the mystery and prove the young man's innocence one way or the the other?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .oor closed after them, and the key turned in the lock.

Superintendent Galloway, who had more of the inquiring turn of mind of the police official than the chief constable, asked the innkeeper several questions about his mother and her condition. The innkeeper said her insanity was the outcome of an accident which had happened two years before. She was sitting dozing by the kitchen fire when a large boiler of water overturned, scalding her terribly, and the shock and pain had sent her mad. She had never left the bedroom since, and had gradually become reduced to a condition of imbecility, alternated by occasional outbursts of violence.

"Is she ever allowed out of the room?" asked Superintendent Galloway quickly, as though a sudden thought had struck him.

"Never, sir; she never tries to get out of bed except when she's violent. She will sit there for hours, playing with a doll, but when she has her paro. . . Read More

Community Reviews

i really liked atmosphere and the setting...mystery was good, writing style very good, i sincerely enjoyed it...more

Sherlock Holmes get out of town because Grant Colwyn is here to stay! In The Shrieking Pit the reader is introduced to the renowned American detective Grant Colwyn. The story begins when this internationally famous detective is dining in a hotel restaurant and is made aware of the strange behavio...more

Rather a strange tale featuring a famous American private detective who seems very English. He has about as much personality as a phone box and there is no reason given as to why he should be in Norfolk, England during World War 1. According to the author Norfolk seems to be a drab, dismal stretc...more

I really enjoyed this murder mystery set in Norfolk during WW1. I thought it was well written despite the author's tendency to repeat (in long rambling dialogue) the whole story of what happened on the night in question whenever a new clue was discovered or a new insight was thought up. I enjoyed...more

Had to keep coming back to this one. Took me three months to finish because of the repetition, drab personalities, extended and totally unnecessary long-winded descriptions of the countryside. Other than that, it’s your average detective murder mystery and who-dun-it. Nothing horrible, nothing ou...more

Another classic book of murder and mayhem skillfully written with an in depth journey to find out who really did the evil deed and why. I loved it!!!

1919 edition

A good read.

A pretty standard classic mystery, with the usual smarter-than-you detective. Lots of twists and turns, and I thought it kept up a pretty good pace, though it did seem a little padded in length and there was some repetition of facts (almost as though it was written as a serial at some point and t...more

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