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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

A London barrister and amateur detective Reginald Brett mystery. Brett is quite a character as pretty much everyone looks up to him, the police and other officials follow whatever he wants, he's able to talk himself out of any situation, and is able reason any situation out.

While Tracy's character S

Well, somehow I like this classic style of narrative writing

David Hume-Frazer has been accused but cleared of the murder of his cousin Sir Alan Hume-Frazer. He approaches Reginald Brett, barrister and detective for help to find the guilty party so that he can marry his fiancee, without all the suspicion that surrounds him
Originally published in 1904
An intere

Apparently detective Winter got a lot smarter after spending some more time with Furneaux. I say this because he seems none to bright while working with Barrister Brett. However, this is a fun book in which we have the typical Louis Tracy blend of Jane Austen and Agatha Christie. This is another ple

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 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

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