Louis Tracy (1863-1928) was a British journalist and author. He wrote numerous books both under his own name and using the pseudonyms Gordon Holmes and Robert Fraser. He shared these pseudonyms and collaborated with P.M. Shiel on a number of works. Among his books are The Wings of Morning (1903), The Stowmarket Mystery (1904), and Number Seventeen (1916).
The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenleyby Louis Tracy
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When financier Mortimer Fenley is shot dead on the steps of his country home by an unknown assassin using an express rifle it falls to Superintendent James Winter and Detective Inspector Charles Furneaux to find the culprit. Is it the artist who was seen on the grounds of the estate just after the shot? Or the younger son, Robert, who had threatened to kill his father? Fenley's older son, Hilton, and his ward, Sylvia Manning, would seem to have alibis, but do they? Find the answers to The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley!
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If two detectives ever needed a TV series on PBS - it is Superintendent Winter and Mr. Furneaux. They are often referred to in London as "Big Un" and "Little Un" from the Yard - as in Scotland Yard. They are two very different men - one French and the other English, one is tall and strong while the other is a very slight man, and one looks like a policeman and the other looks like an artist. Together they are a formidable team and masterful in catching criminals. In this book from 1919, the banker Mortimer Fenley has been murdered on his front door step. He has two sons who are also very different men and they are acting very suspicious. The sons are also in competition for the their father's young ward - a lovely woman who just happens to be very rich. The book concerns itself with solving not just the murder, but two crimes involving Mortimer Fenley. Louis Tracy explains the case with this quote, "... but seldom indeed do the Fates contrive that death and love and high adventure would be so closely bound". I can't sum up this book any clearer for any interested reader. Enjoy!
Detectives Winter and Forneaux are called in to solve the murder of a wealthy banker, and must sort through the obvious clues to find the evidence that might prove the murderer to have been in two places at once. Full of action, romance, and more than a little humor. Well worth the read; this is a detective pairing I hope to find more of.