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The Hampstead Mystery (Inspector Crewe #1)

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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.-
ebook, 339 pages
Published December 1st 2010 by Pubone.Info (first published 1916)
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This was an interesting read. It did not just deal with a murder but involved 2 separate court proceedings which was different from the other such mysteries I have read in recent times.

Here we see a trial for the culprit(s) and the whole business comes to a definitive end.
A Judge is murdered in his own home. There is a shady butler, a heist planned, question on the moral character of the victim and suspicious behavior from close friends.

Scotland Yard and a Private detective carried out parallel
Marts  (Thinker)
Nov 12, 2012 Marts (Thinker) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2012-reads
I enjoyed this classic murder mystery. All the elements for great mysterious entertainment here exist, lets see, there's the inspector, his assistant, a private detective, the unfortunate victim who also had a bit of a bad reputation, his angry offspring, the 'other' woman (or women!), the scoundrel turned 'honest' butler, and the angry employee; all these characters comprise a most interesting tale with a court proceeding the verdict of which is a bit of a surprise, and its all here carefully d ...more
Joan - xstitchfan
Arthur Rees will entertain the mystery lover in you for all 267 pages! Published in 1916, this story begins like many others - a respected English judge, Sir Horace Fewbanks, is killed at home in his library. That is where the similarity to many other books ends. The book doesn't open with the murder scene. An anonymous letter is sent to Scotland Yard in the first few pages of the book. Someone thinks that no one has discovered the murder. They are right! The detectives think the letter is a sca ...more
Although I missed the character detective - my nosy Miss Marple or cantankerous Nero Wolf - this was still a rather good mystery. The story comes out in layers, like an onion, with one small revelation after another to change the tone and send your suspicions elsewhere. The trick of this one is in the way it is told, and that is done very skilfully indeed.
Oct 27, 2012 Laura marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 3Ms
Recommended to Laura by: Marts (Thinker)
Shelves: e-books
Available at Gutenberg Project.
Katherine Rowland
This book is average for its age. There are the stumbling police force, the shrewd gentleman private eye, the beautiful and mysterious woman, and all the rest of the stock characters of this style of fiction.

The mystery itself isn't so bad, taken as a whole. The plot, while a little bit of a stretch, isn't wholly implausible. The characters, however, never seemed to become truly alive. While Rees shows himself a good observer of human nature, he fails to use that knowledge to make his character
Mar 11, 2013 Pamela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good little mystery. Unfortunately not as little as it should have been. The author kept repeating (and repeating and repeating) entire paragraphs of information. Found myself skimming through the courtroom scenes as far too much information was repeated, first by the detective(s), then by the barrister in court, then by the opposing counsel, then by the first counsel again in summing up, then by opposing counsel in summing up. As if that weren't enough, the detective(s) sometimes went back over ...more
May 29, 2015 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant - a really enjoyable read. I'm off to find some more by this author.
Nov 01, 2014 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
mediocre at best.
Brenda Mengeling
Jun 09, 2011 Brenda Mengeling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, fiction, 47, ebook
Mystery from The Golden Age of British mysteries. Very well written but long-winded by today's standards. It does have the novelty of having both police and a private detective, but neither is favored as the better sleuthing ideal. All the clues are provided with really no trickery, yet I lost sight of some of the most important clues amidst all the details and goings on. Quite enjoyable.
Mar 06, 2014 Bettie☯ marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Esther, Brazilliant

Opening: "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 f
Manuel Ruiz
It was an OK old fashioned murder mistery book.
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• born at Tinonee, N.S.W., 23rd May, 1872; of Scottish parentage
• unmarried
• short stories published in The Bulletin
• NOVELS: In a Man's Mind, London, 1896; An Earthly Fulfilment, London, 1899.
• An Earthly Fulfilment by 'J. R. Watson' highlighted by Wigg & Son 'Newest and Best Fiction of the Month' in The West Australian through August 1899
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