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The Silent House

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    Fergus Hume(Author)

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This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. This text refers to the Bibliobazaar edition.

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  • PDF | 238 pages
  • Fergus Hume(Author)
  • BiblioBazaar (October 19, 2007)
  • English
  • 2
  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By Patto on October 24, 2012

    The setting is dull, respectable Pimlico. Our hero is Lucian Denzil, a handsome young barrister living modestly but comfortably in a boarding house. When an old man is murdered in the sinister haunted house across the street, Lucian gets involved through sheer curiosity in investigating the case. He has better luck than the official detective, probably because he's got a great motivation. He's fallen in love with the daughter of the victim, and if he manages to find the murderer, she may smile on him.The plot is heavily peopled with suspicious characters: the frivolous young widow of the murdered man, who shows a lively interest in the insurance money; a suble Italian count who seems all too fond of the widow; the suspicious lodger in the house in back of the haunted house who disappears just after the murder; a monkey-like doctor who owns an insane asylum and has a strange friendship with the count; and the clever red-headed gypsy servant girl who seems to know something about something.One by one the suspects keep demonstrating their innocence and frustrating Lucian's efforts. The identity of the murderer, finally, took me by surprise.The fun of this mystery revolves around the many plot twists. The characters are not all that deep, but they have a vintage charm. I liked Lucien's spinster landlady, for example, who's hopelessly enamored with his youth and good looks. The frivolous young widow is fun, too, with her cartoonish American accent.If you're interested in minor works of Edwardian detective fiction, as I am, I think you might enjoy The Silent House. It was first published in 1907.

  • By Kindle Customer on October 19, 2017

    This was far fetched and not as enjoyable as Humes other stories!!!! I would not tell anyone not to read it but you won’t miss much if you don’t read it!!!!It’s just ok!!!!

  • By Eric Stott on March 5, 2015

    Silly but enjoyable- a convoluted plot that could be a parody of an early detective novel, like Wilkie Collins. Much of the writing is flowery- characters do not read, they peruse, they do not find out they ascertain. A lot of the dialogue is studded with exclamation points. Still, when Hume gets the plot going things move along and they aren't boring. He's rather good at atmospheric descriptions and a few of the minor characters come to life for a page or two- there was a portrait of a sharp tongued gossip that had me smiling.

  • By saabista on November 13, 2012

    Didn't make it past page 50. So boring. I guess I just don't like books written in that old manner...

  • By Patricia Strickland on December 23, 2013

    I did not finish this book as I did not care for it but I will eventually read it again.

  • By Cheryl on April 14, 2007

    Good mystery about a "locked door" murder of a man in a house thought to be haunted. What first appears to be an easy to solve murder turns into many plot twists filled with secret identities. At one point or another, I thought that each character in the story could be the murderer. Recommended.


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