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The Silent House

Fergus Hume

Book Overview: 

A mystery about a “locked door” murder committed in a house that has a reputation for being haunted. In the first half of the book, the murderer appears to be easy to figure out. The second half of the book, however, is filled with plot twists and mistaken identities and thus complicates the mystery much more.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .The first thing to be done was to prove that the dead man was really Vrain. There was some little difficulty in obtaining an order from the authorities for the opening of the grave and the exhumation of the body; but finally the consent of those in power was obtained, and there was little difficulty in the identification of the remains. The lawyer, Mr. Clyne, Mrs. Vrain herself, and several people brought up from Bath by the assurance company, swore that the corpse—buried under the false name of Berwin—was that of Mark Vrain, for decomposition had not proceeded so far but what the features could be recognised. There was even no need to unwrap the body from its cerements, as the face itself, and the scar thereon, were quite sufficient for the friends of the deceased to swear to the corpse. Thereupon the assurance company, on the fullest of evidence, was compelled to admit that their client was dead, and expressed themselves ready to pay over the money to M. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This was just not particularly interesting to me.

Great fast paced story with short chapters so no time to get bored; need to concentrate as there’s lots of characters;

Fun easy read mystery.

I have become a fan of Fergus Hume, and this mystery from 1899 just solidifies that feeling. If you like the Sherlock Holmes type of story, where the reader is offered few ways to solve the mystery for themselves, then this is a book for you. Like an onion, the solution to this murder tale is peeled


This was far fetched and not as enjoyable as Humes other stories!!!! I would not tell anyone not to read it but you won’t miss much if you don’t read it!!!!
It’s just ok!!!!

I Dare You!

Who killed the old man in that haunted house in Pimlico? You’ll never find out yourself, I dare you! I never read any novel by Fergus Hume before for the simple reason that I had never heard about the English-born author, who moved with his parents to Nea Zealand when he was three years o

A very dated murder mystery story.

Too much time spent on describing a woman’s appearance in relation to her character. Painfully Victorian (the society, condescension of other cultures, and the prioritization of “values”). About a quarter of the way through I just skipped to the very end to find out

An excellent mystery/thriller