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Seven Keys to Baldpate

3.27 of 5 stars 3.27  ·  rating details  ·  202 ratings  ·  51 reviews
A famous author comes to a summer mountain resort in the dead of winter, determined to find peace and quiet to write his next book. But before his first night is out, a steady stream of unexpected visitors begins to fill the and women with stories of love, loss, and flight...none of them telling the truth. Before the week is out, there will be gunfire, bribery, ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Wildside Press (first published 1913)
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رواية كلاسيكية كما يجب للكلاسيكيات أن تكون ... وللعلم فأنا أحب الكلاسيكيات كثيرا لما تتمتع به من عناصر إثارة وتشويق مع البساطة والقدرة على إثارة الدهشة واستجلاب البسمة :)

الكاتب هنا غير مشهور ولكن المقدمة كانت كافية للتعريف به وكانت وافية

القصة نفسها غريبة ومسلية ... من نوع المغامرات ... قيل أنها قدمت على المسرح وأتخيل أنها كانت بالفعل ناجحة وكنت أتمنى لو أنني أستطيع مشاهدتها كمسرحية أو كفيلم كلاسيكي بالأبيض والأسود :)

رواية لطيفة واستمتعت بها فعلا :)

Mohamed Elsonpaty
فيلم عربي! لا أعرف لماذا تم اختيارها لسلسلة روايات عالمية للجيب من الأصل ؟!
Samantha Glasser
I owned this book for a few years before reading it, and I don't know what took me so long. It is a well written, sometimes clever, sometimes predictable, but always an entertaining and fun mystery about an author who visits Baldpate, a summer hotel that usually houses old fashioned women and aging relics. He sees this location, abandoned and frozen in the wintertime, as the prime spot to write his first serious novel. After making his arrangements, he sets off for isolation, but soon after his ...more
Ayat Mahmoud
مافهمتش ايه الهدف من الحكاية في الآخر يعني!

حلوة جدا :D
وفيها تشويق وإثارة من اول كلمة للآخر
لكن عاجبني أكتر الجزء الاول
لما كانوا لسة بيتعرفوا وكل واحد بيقول قصة مفبركة
إنك تبقى في مكان نائي وكل شئ متعلق بيك هي حكاية بتحكيها على لسانك :)
عجبتني الفكرة دي
يمكن كنت حساها قصة فيها عمق أكبر من تفاصيل الحكاية دي
بس كانت لطيفة جدا
شكل العدد الجديد لطيف كمان وكبير
التصميم حلو
Pamela Mclaren
Another interesting and unexpected story by Earl Derr Biggers. In this tale, the creator of Charlie Chan, has written about a young author who travels to a summer tourist town to stay in the closed hotel. He has decided that solitude will help him write a novel far different from what he has previously written. One hour after he enters the hotel, he finds that he is not the only one who has come to the hotel in Baldpate, for there are seven keys to the place and seven people with various stories ...more
M. Myers
This was a delightful period piece, set in 1912 and centering around a successful pulp novelist who goes to an isolated lodge to seek inspiration for a serious novel. Alas, other people with murky agendas start turning up to spoil the solitude -- and pull him into a mystery.

A gun is flashed. A safe is blown open. A hermit who hates women is recruited to cook. A beautiful girl the hero falls for may not be as trustworthy as he thinks.

The writing style was enjoyably quaint and the mystery engagin
Mark Desetti

Not a bad book but leaves one not sure if it was intended to be real mystery or a comedy of errors - people showing up, wandering the halls of the inn, running into each other, not knowing who it is they encounter in the halls. I saw it as a somewhat comic play and thought the book would be so. Biggers can write a good mystery - I've read all the Chan books but I just can't wrap my mind around what he was trying to do here. If you read it, do so as a good period piece. It is that.
This was a fun, light read that I could easily imagine as a play. I got past the blatant sexism in the book by chalking it up to the the time period it was written. The characters seemed to have stepped right off of a Monopoly board-corrupt politicians, greedy railroad executives, and the near-do wells.
Yousif elsayed
عندى مشكلة ازلية مع الكلاسيكيات ..بحس انها مزيج من الملل والسذاجة ....معرفش ليه ؟
First, you should know that I am a fan of Earl Derr Biggers' writing. Second, I enjoyed the Charlie Chan books more than "Seven Keys to Baldpate". That said, I still gave this book a 4 star review! It has some of the most interesting characters that I've read about in only one book. Also, I loved the ending - don't worry, no spoiler hints here. There is a reason that this story has been used as the basis of 7 Hollywood movies from 1916 to 1983. I believe the author began with the premise that mo ...more
قرأت هذه الرواية في الشهر الماضي هي ترجمة للد. أحمد خالد توفيق... خدعني الملخص الذي في ظهر الغلاف والذي يحاول أن يأخذ القارئ إلى الكثير من التوقعات المثيرة ذاكرا رحيل البطل إلى فندق شبه مهجور في مكان منعزل هل هو بيت |أشباح أم ماذا....وللأسف لم لأتوقع هذه الحيلة من الد. أحمد خالد توفيق... فقد اشتريته عل هذا الأساس في انتظار مغامرة مثيرة بين البطل وأشباح الفندق ولكن عند قراءتي للكتاب كنت في قمة الأسف والأسى فبغض النظر عن أنه لايمت للأشباح بصلة, فمن المفترض أن يكون كتابا تشويقيا يدور محوره حول لفاف ...more
This book was originally published in 1913, but doesn't seem all that dated. My mother was born in 1913--wonder if she read this--Dad used to bring home murder mysteries from the New York Public Library, which they both read. Anyway, the author persuades the caretaker of the resort on Baldpate Mountain to let him stay in the closed up hotel. He is given a key, and some minor arrangements are made. However, right away there is a number of other people with keys showing up. A large sum of money ch ...more
ماعجبتنيش نهائي وما شدتنيش لولا لحظة
كلاسيكية مشوقة
Blind love may not be so blind.

Biggers combines romance, mystery and intrigue to keep his reader entertained. I always enjoy anything I read from Earl Derr Biggers. He's one of the great masters of detective mysteries, but he's also written novels and short stories that portray human nature at its best and at its worst.
Kaye Adkins
I have a sneaking suspicion that Derr Biggers intended the humor in this melodramatic mystery. You could even call it a farce. It's wonderfully self aware, as a writer of popular light fiction seeks solitude to write serious literature and finds himself caught up in a situation as ludicrous as one of his own plots.
Jenn Estepp
3 1/2. I wish that I had liked the entire book as much as I liked the ending, which made me very happy. It's solid in that classical mystery sort of way and I enjoyed reading it. Very farce-like and you know (maybe) what a soft touch I am for a book set in a rambling hotel during the off-season.

Open Road continues to be the best with their re-issues.
Teo Jansen
This book is so powerful that inspires me to make a short film. And its have inspire so many people around the globe to make great theater plays. This one is the reason for my admiration to Earl Derr Biggers
Karen Gygli
I got interested in Earl Derr Biggers after reading Yunte Huang's book on the real-life Hawaiian detective that Biggers modeled his Charlie Chan novels on. This classic mystery from the early twentieth century was very funny and charming. The ending isn't going to gobsmack you like Dorothy Sayer's The Nine Tailors, and there is a little bit of Victorian melodrama, but the atmospheric setting--a New York summer resort in the middle of a snow storm, where seven people, all with a secret or two, co ...more
Jann Barber
This book was first published in 1913 and is rather dated. Yes, I read it in rehab on my iPhone Kindle.

I didn't know movie versions exist of this; Walter Brennan was in one!

Mr. McGee comes to Baldpate seeking solitude so he can pen the great American novel. Little does he know that seven keys to the doors of Baldpate exist, so his solitude is quickly ended as more people show up. It seems that these people are involved in some sort of scheme, and Mr. McGee becomes involved in trying to learn wha
Terry Queally
Lots of characters

Dated but fun. I may try one of his Charlie Chan books next. I missed the gathering of all the suspects and the final reveal.
A diverting chase for a McGuffin in the 'teens of the 20th c. Fisticuffs, pretty girls, colorful characters with disreputable motives. It's easy to read; it does keep you guessing until all the threads are tied up; it's written in a lively, light-hearted style. Not as interesting as the Hawaii setting of Biggers's Charlie Chan works. I do have to say I need to take a break from early twentieth-century light fiction for a while, though. A few too many switcheroos and clever ripostes can result in ...more
Ahmed Fathi
Good Novel
Direct , simple and interesting.
i have read the translated version of it ( Translated by Dr Ahmed Khaled Tawfeek )
Ahmed Salem
كانت مبشرة في البداية، الا ان تعدد الخيوط و الشخصيات و و الخاتمة غير الموفقة أصابتني بالضيق
Bea Bolinger
I bought this book when I stayed at the Baldpate Inn in Estes Park, Colorado. And for that reason alone I'm not going to talk about its literary failings. It is after all over 100 years old and still a charming example of pulp fiction at the turn of the 20th century, sexist comments and racial slurs included. I would recommend "And Then There Were None" by the Agatha Christie in place of this one, although for a one time read on vacation it wasn't the worse you could do. I left it at the lending ...more
Sandy Thomas
Great for what it is, and its time. Definitely dated. But fun.
Mohammed Esam
رواية عادية بشكل مستفز !
Funny. Mysterious. Romantic.
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Earl Derr Biggers was born in Warren, Ohio on August 24, 1884. Years later, while attending Harvard University, Biggers showed little passion for the classics, preferring instead writers such as Rudyard Kipling and Richard Harding Davis. Following his graduation from Harvard in 1907, he worked briefly for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and at Bobbs-Merrill publishers. By 1908, Biggers was hired at the ...more
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