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At the Time Appointed

A. Maynard Barbour

Book Overview: 

"Those who remember that excellent detective story, That Mainwaring Affair will expect to find plenty of mystery and exciting incidents in A. Maynard Barbour's latest novel, called At the Time Appointed, and they will realize their expectations.The author has a certain way of forecasting events and making people utter prophetic words, all bound to find their fulfillment somewhere before the last chapter is ended, that is eminently characteristic of one who delights in the knitting and raveling of the intricate plots which are a prime necessity in a detective story. The title itself cleverly suggests a long series of events slowly converging toward some mysteriously critical moment in which all their crookedness is revealed and made straight for the delectation of at least two people; and the is exactly the kind of a title for this story of long-delayed justice and patient hoping. The main object in a story of this kind is to make the events hang together and the narration of them entertaining. Both these requisites are attained. People will be sure to read this story at one sitting, even if that involves hearing the clock strike several times after midnight and that is one test of at least one kind of excellence in a novel."

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .in that affair, it was only to indicate the channel in which that kindness should flow."

Together they talked of the strange course of events which had finally brought him and the work for which he was especially adapted together.

"Do you know," said Mr. Britton, as they paused on the veranda before entering the house, "I am no believer in accident. I believe that of the so-called 'happenings' in our lives, each has its appointed time and mission; and it is not for us to say which is trivial or which is important, until, knowing as we are known, we look back upon life as God sees it."[Pg 83]

Chapter VIII"Until the Day Break"

A week later Darrell was duly installed at the mining camp. Mr. Britton had already left, called on private business to another part of the State. After his departure, life at The Pines did not seem the same to Darrell. He sorely missed the companionship—amounting almost to comradesh. . . Read More

Community Reviews

John Darrell, a mineralogist, witnesses the murder of a wealthy prospector's nephew and loses his memory after catching a fever. You know it's going to return at the knick of time.

This was certainly a well written novel, if a little too much in the florid style of the time. Despite opening with a mu

For me, it was a page turner from beginning to end.

Wikipedia says Maynard was one of America's most successful mystery writers, but this turned out to be typical vintage fiction (complete with brain fever, amnesia, star-crossed lovers and train robbers). A little too sappy for me, BUT you have to hand it to the women in this book. They all suffer no