The Arncliffe puzzle

The Arncliffe puzzle

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by Gordon Holmes

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New York, E. J. Clode
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The Arncliffe Puzzle 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
xstitchfan More than 1 year ago
Elderly Lord Arncliffe has been found dead in his stately home in the English countryside. The village doctor is called, but is not immediately found. So, a doctor staying at the village inn is brought to the house. The new doctor immediately states, after a quick examination, that the victim has been poisoned. The village doctor has now arrived and disagrees with this young upstart of a doctor who is unknown to him. A servant then admits that his employer told him in confidence that he was being poisoned! The servant admits that he didn't believe him at the time - until now. This book is not much of a mystery about the crime or criminal, but a story of how ordinary people react in this extraordinary circumstances - dealing with the village gossip, the ever watchful detectives, and the surprising coroner's inquest. Louis Tracy (writing as Gordon Holmes) has written an early precursor to our current romance suspense books - but in a very chaste way since the book was written in 1906. The sweet romance in the story balances the evil crime. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It seems strange to talk of a murder-mystery as "light-hearted fluff", but this one really is. Lots of poorly-constructed twists and completely out-of-character behavior is required to make the plot work, and the character of young Bradshaw is a source of endless amusement as a representative of "how the British think Americans talk". Overall, the book is an entertaining piece of old-fashioned fluff, but certainly not great, or even good, literature... As for this particular digital copy, well, it's awful. So many scanning problems (including two missing pages), I had to look up an alternate copy online and read part of the book on the computer, which sort of defeats the purpose of having an e-reader, eh?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago