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The Stowmarket Mystery

Louis Tracy

Book Overview: 

Another case for Reginald Brett, barrister and hobby detective: David Hume-Frazer is in some trouble. He was the prime suspect in the murder case of his cousin, Alan. Though he was never convicted, suspicion clings to him, and he wishes his name to be cleared before he marries his fiancé, Helen Layton.
The case is baffling: Alan was murdered with a Japanese knife on his own grounds, in front of the library windows -- in the same place, where four of his ancestors already died "in their boots"...

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Sir Alan’s murder. Have you formed any theory about the crime, its motive, or its possible author?”

“God forgive me if I do any man an injury, but in these last few days I have had my suspicions,” she exclaimed.

“Tell me your reasons.”

“It arose out of a chance remark by Nellie. She was discussing with me her inexplicable antipathy to Mr. Capella, even during the time when they were outwardly good friends. She said that once he showed her a Japanese sword, a most wonderful piece of workmanship, with veins of silver and gold let into the handle and part of the blade. To the upper part of the scabbard was attached a knife—a small dagger—similar—”

“Yes, I understand. An implement like that used to kill Sir Alan Hume-Frazer.”

“Exactly. Nellie at first hardly realised its significance. Then she hastily told Capella to take it away, but not before she notice. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Plenty of twists this time, and the odd enjoyable turn of phrase... but also bucketloads of racism, and I’m not in the mood to say “but it would be an okay story if you just cut 2/3 of it”. In the context of its time and all, but it just so thoroughly sours the experience for me when the plot hangs

Now that was a very satisfying murder mystery... rtc

Not as good as The Albert Gate Mystery but an enjoyable read.

I quite liked this book. Having read Postmaster's Daughter by the same author, I wanted to try another by him. I'm glad i did. The book flows better than many written in the same age as this one, and the mystery is pleasantly substantial.

Now mark me, Winter. Just as the breed of the chicken is indelibly stamped on it in the eyes of a man skilled in chickens, so is the murder we are investigating marked by characteristics so plain that a child of ten, properly trained to use his eyes, might discern them.

The Stowmarket Mystery Or, a L

Enjoyable and imaginative. Uses signature style and phrases.