One difficulty every detective faces is when the interpret clues and convict the wrong person. How you react under this foreseen difficulty defines your worth as a crime solver? A crappy detective looks at the available clues and creates one possible version of the murder. A better detective looks at the available clues and finds a highly likely version of the murder. An ace detective looks at the available clues and finds the only possible version of the murder. Grant Colwyn lies somewhere between the better and ace detectives in the rankings. He is unable to instantly and smoothly cut through the bullshit and arrive at the only possible right answer. At the same time, he is able to cut out most of the unimportant details and focus on the vital facts of the case. As someone who doesn’t like to be wrong, even momentarily, the detective business is not for me. I sure do enjoy watching others take a try at it.
Grant Colwyn is vacationing along the Norfolk coast at a large hotel. At breakfast Colwyn and a doctor see a young man acting strangely. The doctor quickly diagnoses the young man with a rare nervous disease that can cause unremembered fits of violence. He moves to stop a senseless act and confront the young man as he quickly rises from the table. Upon confrontation the young man promptly faints and must be carried to his room by Colwyn and the doctor, a famous nerve specialist. Upon waking up the young man leaves the hotel quickly, clearly embarrassed and annoyed with the whole ordeal. A day later, the young man is the lead suspect in a murder occurring at a small inn not too far away. The doctor takes this as conclusive proof of his correct diagnosis but Detective Colwyn is unsure. Soon we find that the unimpressive young man is actually the youngest member of an eminent British family. And what do the ghostly rumors have to do with it? Close your eyes when you hear noise from The Shrieking Pit.
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The ability to cloak oneself in others desires, fears, and preconceptions is difficult. Wearing another persons point of view is frequently uncomfortable and cumbersome. Occasionally one may lose oneself in another’s persona and not be able to fully return to their own. The man of the house in this quirky little novel has this astounding ability. Not only can Mr. Atherley jump into another’s mind but he is seemingly able to work the controls and review the memories of another’s brain. In a fractured world, where “others” are ostracized a little mind jumping may do us all some good. Once we realize our motives and bias we can bring additional patience to our interactions with those we disagree. Patience and sincerity in discussion may lead to additional insights and occasionally collaboration.
Remember the old saying: “Ghosts are in the eyes of the beholder.” Guilty as charged. That was made up but it does accurately portray this fun little novel. You arrive at a British country house with a large raucous family and apparently an old ghost. This ghost appears to people from time to time especially in one rarely used bedroom. Six different people see the ghost and tell of its shape and form. Each time Mr. Lyndsay and the man of the house, Mr. Atherley, discuss each new insight weighing the differences and similarities between each new ghost encounter. Like witnesses at a crime scene each person describes a vaguely similar creature through their own lens. In time Mr. Atherley tries to convince us that ghosts are not real but rather created by imaginative people and each ghost story tells us more about the individual seeing the ghost than the ghost him or herself. Like a mirror each story peers into the tellers soul. Peer into six souls by reading Cecilia de Noel.
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The current rapid pace of technological change has created the idea that human beings are also evolving to be faster and more efficient. That is unfortunately not the case. Most human beings are stuck living and learning at the same slow pace at which humans have always learned. Collectively we can make discoveries more quickly but individually we are still stuck in the slow lane. Keep in mind that those discoveries will not occur more rapidly because human beings are able to think more quickly or multitask better than previously. Instead advancement in human ideas has largely picked up because the speed of information has increased dramatically. International communication is near instantaneous and machines make testing new ideas much easier. Audiences can read books sooner allowing them to comment and expand upon ideas with greater speed. Keep in mind that humans are still slow thinkers. It’s best not to rush because the rushed get stressed and may not even beat the tortoise to the finish line.
Uncle William is a funny old sailor living in the sparsely populated region of Nova Scotia called Arichat. He lives with his cat, Juno overlooking the formidable Atlantic Ocean, and is neighbors with his lifelong friend Andy. He is not a wealthy man nor is his life easy though he makes it seem so. He is shif’less eschewing work and toil until necessary moving through life slowly but surely. His major fault, as Andy would attest to, is that he helps others too willingly without obvious hope of reward or profit. At the moment, he and his cat are not alone in the tiny, cozy shack by the seas he calls home. Perched on high rocks overlooking the ocean this little house is a temporary refuge for another younger man. A much different man it would be hard to find. Hailing from New York City and specializing in painting, one can’t call oneself a professional until ones been paid, one might assume Alan Woodworth has nothing in common with the old sailor other than a lack of funds. The young man enjoys the sea and the weather painting and sailing alongside Uncle William in the day and enjoying fresh chowder every supper. The eve before returning to New York the Alan ignores Andy’s advice and sails out into calm seas with evil looking clouds. Hours later Andy and Uncle William are obliged to save the struggling painter from a colossal storm. The painter lives another day but Uncle William’s boat dies in the process. What will the poor old sailor and the poor young painter do about the boat? Don’t worry about Uncle William: The Man is Shif’less.
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For every mystery in the world there is a skeptic. Some skeptics scoff at each new invention or discovery while others actively try to illuminate the truth. If history has proven anything, its that skeptics are frequently annoying and upsetting people to be around. Human beings inherently love illusions wether theatrical or mundane. Superstition, religion, folklore, and home remedies have their detractors who for the most part enrage the true believers. It takes tremendous tact and self belief to work professionally or as a hobbyist in the exposure business. The comfortable and the lazy would never seek such a controversial way of life. In fiction, many great examples of polite mystery solvers abound. This book deserves to sit on the shelf with the best of the genre.
John Bell is an exposer of ghostly phenomena, curses and superstitions. With a concrete knowledge of the limits of the physical world alongside an encyclopedic knowledge of every type of fakery Bell investigates unusual, spooky phenomena. The culprits are sometimes people other times nature herself. In the first case, Bell is called upon to investigate the queer death of a rich artist. It has all the signs of an intriguing mystery. A circular room, an enduring legend, and three unaccountable deaths. Bring your wits and your intelligence while you stay up late with A Master of Mysteries.
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The locked room mystery is a classic for a reason. Like a murderous Rubiks Cube it delights and confounds every way you twist it. Another type of classic mystery story and my personal favorite sub-genre of detective novel follows the amateur detective. This may not even appear at first to be a sub-genre. In fact the majority of detective novels seem to neatly slide into this category. Let me specify. I am speaking only of the first case tackled by an amateur detective. For example, Miss Marple would be in this genre only the first time she confronts a murderer. For the most part, the big names don’t fall into this genre because they quickly become old hands at the detecting game. This little book combines the two themes in arrangement with a pinch of romance thrown in as well. Comfort food at its best.
Otis Landon, a lawyer, is in the benign habit of getting the newspaper the moment it falls on the doorstep and looking across the hall. Many times he only sees Charlotte, his neighbor’s servant, retrieving the morning paper as well. Yet he wakes up early everyday in the hopes of seeing his attractive neighbor, Miss Janet Pembroke, answer the door. Today is different. A man rushes past Mr. Landon as the lawyer is leaving his apartment. Miss Pembroke exits the opposite flat and hustles the doctor into her flat in great distress. She thinks her uncle is sick but in fact he’s been murdered. A small metal pin pushed into his skull while he slept killed him instantly. The problem is that only three people were in that flat last night behind a locked door and shuttered windows: his neighbor, her servant and the murdered man. Who is the murderer and how did they get through the locked door? Pull out your magnifying glass and play amateur detective alongside Mr. Landon by following A Chain of Evidence.
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The process of growing from child to adult is always fascinating. Change is by its nature uncomfortable in difficult. People frequently try to keep their habits the same. Yet, childhood cannot last physically, mentally, socially, philosophically or spiritually. Young ones are constantly prodded to change by changing surroundings and expectations. Some change for the better; others become rotten and fall off the vine. Rose shows a lovely example of a graceful journey from childhood to adulthood that many could copy to their benefit. On another note this book feels so familiar in tone, style and language that I find it hard to comprehend that is was written and published over 140 years ago. I guess great books stand the test of time because they feel universal. Be sure to first read Eight Cousins to fully enjoy this novel.
Rose and Phebe return to from their years abroad in Europe traveling alongside Uncle Alec. Both have grown in manner and intelligence while away from Rose’s seven cousins. Phebe has blossomed into an astounding singer and Rose has acquired expanded ideas about female independence and autonomy. In Europe, Rose decided to devote her life and inherited family fortune to charity. The idea of her squandering her fortune in this way instead of keeping it in the family by marrying one of the elder cousins frightens the rest of the family. Rose is appalled by this disrespect towards her own free will instead deciding not to immediately commit or entertain the idea of marriage. This mildly upsets the family who are taken aback by this young independent woman. Archie, who the Aunts had assumed would marry Rose, becomes smitten with Phebe after just one song. Later on Archie’s affection causes a controversy among the Aunts. To think that the eldest cousin would sully the family name by marrying a woman from the poor house. The family is back together for better or worse. If you wait for spring time, you will see Rose in Bloom.
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Being out in the swamp reminds me of the overused political phrase “drain the swamp”. Others have written on this subject but I will trespass on it again. It remains true that swamps covered large swaths of the eastern United States before American expanded and those swamps were drained for agriculture and personal gain at the expense of plants, animals and natural ecosystem. The swamp was here first; the unnatural suburbs and farmland appeared second. All smart-alecks remember to “flood the farmland” instead of “draining the swamp”. Or you could just grow up and not parse trivial, obscure political references. I bet Penny Parker wasn’t musing upon political phraseology while quietly paddling through the swamp.
Penny and Louise, who had rented a small dingy, paddle out into the swamp to collect swamp flowers. Penny going ashore accidentally lets Bones, Louise’s dog, run off leash into the swamp. While searching for the dog, they chance upon two men talking suspiciously. When they notice the girls, they threaten the two high schooler with guns to stay away. Unable to look more for Louise’s dog, the girls return to Riverview dejected. Will Louise ever see her dog again? At home Penny learns that a convict has escaped and is rumored to be heading back to Riverview. He had stolen fifty thousand dollars from a local bank and though charged with the crime the money had never been found. Penny wonders if one of the suspicious swamp men is the recently escaped convict. Rent a dingy and push off towards Swamp Island.
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