The Hampstead Mystery

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"Hallo! Is that Hampstead Police Station?"
"Yes. Who are you?"
"Detective-Inspector Chippenfield of Scotland Yard. Tell Inspector Seldon
I want him, and be quick about it."
"Yes, sir. Hang on, sir. I'll put you through to him at once."
Detective-Inspector Chippenfield, of Scotland Yard, waited with the receiver held to his ear. While he waited he scrutinised keenly a sheet of paper which lay on the desk in front of him. It was a flimsy, ...
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Overview

"Hallo! Is that Hampstead Police Station?"
"Yes. Who are you?"
"Detective-Inspector Chippenfield of Scotland Yard. Tell Inspector Seldon
I want him, and be quick about it."
"Yes, sir. Hang on, sir. I'll put you through to him at once."
Detective-Inspector Chippenfield, of Scotland Yard, waited with the receiver held to his ear. While he waited he scrutinised keenly a sheet of paper which lay on the desk in front of him. It was a flimsy, faintly-ruled sheet from a cheap writing-pad, blotted and soiled, and covered with sprawling letters which had been roughly printed at irregular intervals as though to hide the identity of the writer. But the letters formed words, and the words read:
SIR HORACE FEWBANKS WAS MURDERED LAST NIGHT
WHO DID IT I DONT KNOW SO IT IS NO USE TRYING TO FIND OUT WHO I AM YOU WILL FIND HIS DEAD BODY IN THE LIBRARY AT RIVERSBROOK
HE WAS SHOT THOUGH THE HEART
"Hallo!"
"Is that you, Inspector Chippenfield?"
"Yes. That you, Seldon? Have you heard anything of a murder out your way?"
"Can't say that I have. Have you?"
"Yes. We have information that Sir Horace Fewbanks has been murdered-shot."
"Mr. Justice Fewbanks shot-murdered!" Inspector Seldon gave expression to his surprise in a long low whistle which travelled through the telephone. Then he added, after a moment's reflection, "There must be some mistake. He is away."
"Away where?"
"In Scotland. He went there for the Twelfth-when the shooting season opened."
"Are you sure of that?"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781500406721
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/5/2014
  • Pages: 98
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur J. Rees (Arthur John 1872-1942) was born in Australia and worked as a newspaperman before moving to England in his twenties. He wrote numerous mystery novels starting with the Merry Marauders in 1913. He collaborated with John R. Watson on two books, The Hampstead Mystery (1916) and The Mystery of the Downs (1928). Other works include The Shrieking Pit (1919), The Hand in the Dark (1920) and The Moon Rock (1922). His last book, The Single Clue was published shortly before his death in 1940.
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  • Posted May 21, 2011

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    Edwardian detective mystery fans, enjoy.

    First published in 1916, fans of the English detective genre will find this English murder mystery to be a carefully constructed puzzle with many clever twists and turns right up to the end. Four stars to the book itself, three stars to the publisher for the question marks that occasionally pop up in place of hyphens and word breaks. Careful editing otherwise.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2013

    Love the books, hate the editing.

    I do not pretend to be an expert on sentence structure, but my pet peeve is incorrect spelling and punctuation. When I went to grade school it seemed as though we were always having spelling tests. Now that I am in my 50's, I find myself resorting to dictionaries because I don' t spell as well as I used to. However, with the advent of texting and computers, I cannot seem read anything without finding errors! Your books are no exception. Every one that I have read have mistakes throughout. I didn't even finish the first page of this book without finding a mistake. In fact, I think it was in the first or second sentence. I do not know who you are paying to do this kind of editing, but you are wasting your money. I would be happy to be paid to review some of your books before you release them to the public.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013

    Engaging, not riviting

    An engaging mystery.

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