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The Daffodil Mystery
     

The Daffodil Mystery

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by Edgar Wallace
 

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"I am afraid I don't understand you, Mr. Lyne."
Odette Rider looked gravely at the young man who lolled against his open desk. Her clear skin was tinted with the faintest pink, and there was in the sober depths of those grey eyes of hers a light which would have warned a man less satisfied with his own genius and power of persuasion than Thornton Lyne.
He was

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"I am afraid I don't understand you, Mr. Lyne."
Odette Rider looked gravely at the young man who lolled against his open desk. Her clear skin was tinted with the faintest pink, and there was in the sober depths of those grey eyes of hers a light which would have warned a man less satisfied with his own genius and power of persuasion than Thornton Lyne.
He was not looking at her face. His eyes were running approvingly over her perfect figure, noting the straightness of the back, the fine poise of the head, the shapeliness of the slender hands.
He pushed back his long black hair from his forehead and smiled. It pleased him to believe that his face was cast in an intellectual mould, and that the somewhat unhealthy pastiness of his skin might be described as the "pallor of thought."
Presently he looked away from her through the big bay window which overlooked the crowded floor of Lyne's Stores.
He had had this office built in the entresol and the big windows had been put in so that he might at any time overlook the most important department which it was his good fortune to control.
Now and again, as he saw, a head would be turned in his direction, and he knew that the attention of all the girls was concentrated upon the little scene, plainly visible from the floor below, in which an unwilling employee was engaged.
She, too, was conscious of the fact, and her discomfort and dismay increased. She made a little movement as if to go, but he stopped her.
"You don't understand, Odette," he said. His voice was soft and melodious, and held the hint of a caress. "Did you read my little book?" he asked suddenly.
She nodded.
"Yes, I read-some of it," she said, and the colour deepened on her face.
He chuckled.
"I suppose you thought it rather curious that a man in my position should bother his head to write poetry, eh?" he asked. "Most of it was written before I came into this beastly shop, my dear-before I developed into a tradesman!"
She made no reply, and he looked at her curiously.
"What did you think of them?" he asked.
Her lips were trembling, and again he mistook the symptoms.
"I thought they were perfectly horrible," she said in a low voice. "Horrible!"
He raised his eyebrows.
"How very middle-class you are, Miss Rider!" he scoffed. "Those verses have been acclaimed by some of the best critics in the country as reproducing all the beauties of the old Hellenic poetry."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781406899221
Publisher:
Echo Library
Publication date:
02/28/2012
Pages:
172
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace (April 1, 1875-February 10, 1932) was an English author and journalist. He was born in Greenwich to actors and was raised by foster parents. He enlisted during the Boer War and later became a war correspondent in that conflict. He also served as a correspondent in the Balkans during the Russo-Japanese War of 1905 before turning to fiction as a career. His personal and financial life was at times messy, but he continued to have success as an author, finally turning to writing screenplays for Hollywood.

He wrote 175 novels and 24 plays, most of them in the mystery and crime genre. He also was co-creator and wrote an early version of the screenplay for the movie "King Kong." During his heyday, he was so enormously popular that his publisher claimed that one quarter of all the books read in England had been written by Wallace. His novels served as the basis for over 160 movies. Among the characters he created were the detective J. G. Reeder, the "Four Just Men," and the Green Archer.

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The Daffodil Mystery (Dodo Press) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
olemoney More than 1 year ago
Intriguing story line, one is never quite certain "who-did-it".
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rosalita68 More than 1 year ago
Classic story with entertaining characters. Written in true English mystery style. Nice plot; interesting twists and turns. Would definitely read other books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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retcropper More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book, which is a great buy for the money.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Extremely intriguing. Very tight, taut suspense.