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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

Letto nell'edizione italiana di Lindau, che non c'è nel database.

Enjoyed this one. Good mystery, reasonable main characters…meaning no one did anything silly to make me roll my eyes.

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;

An excellent mystery/thriller

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