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The Notting Hill Mystery
Charles Warren Adams
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The Notting Hill Mystery

3.3 of 5 stars 3.30  ·  rating details  ·  136 ratings  ·  44 reviews
'The Notting Hill Mystery' was first published between 1862 and 1863 as an eight-part serial in the magazine 'Once a Week', written under the pseudonym Charles Felix. It has been widely described as the first detective novel, pre-dating as it does other novels such as Wilkie Collins' 'The Moonstone' (1868) and Emile Gaboriau's first Monsieur Lecoq novel (1869) that have pr ...more
Unknown Binding, 475 pages
Published January 1st 1976 by Arno Press (first published 1862)
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Jul 04, 2014 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Wanda, Jeannette, Virginie
Recommended to Laura by: Bettie
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The Notting Hill Mystery (1862-1863) - arguably the first English detective novel - published in 8 episodes in Once a Week (Illustrated by George Du Maurier) - Charles Felix a pseudo. of Charles Warren Adams.

Free download available at Project Gutenberg.

A classical mystery fiction, with some hints of gothic style of the 19th century which certainly influenced many writers.

[It is unnecessary for us to state by what means the following papers came into our hands, and it would b
Frances Brody
This story was first published in 1862 and 1863 as a magazine serial, giving the author's name as Charles Felix. The book caught my eye in the library because of the line under the title claiming it to be 'The First Detective Novel'. The story is told by an insurance investigator who is reporting to several companies. With each company, Baron R insured his wife's life for a considerable sum. The investigator builds a case against the baron, whom he suspects of murdering his wife.

The story-tellin
A fun read, but definitely NOT the first detective novel. "The Notting Hill Mystery" is sort of like Law & Order for the Victorian period: heavy emphasis on compiled evidence, interviews, deposition, etc. We do not know the detective at all as a person, and we do not follow in his detective work. If compiled evidence + conclusions about a crime = a detective novel, then Collins' Woman in White fits the bill and came earlier (in 1859). To me, though, a detective novel needs a detective -- eit ...more
Clear and concise procedural, first detective novel written

This book is written through a series of testimonies given by parties present at the deaths of three people, a husband and his wife and the wife of the Baron, a mesmeriser. At stake is a double insurance policy. It was a slow, often tedious read. As I slogged to the end, with time to reflect upon the writing, I realized this is an incredible book, one that should be read by mystery writers today. Too many times I read a mystery only to b
Ella's Gran
A good example of procedural investigation presented to the reader in epistolary style. The language was typically wordy and appropriate to the Victorian era it is set in. While much of the story was quite repetitive - gather statements, compare, report evidence - this is how a case is built, and even though the culprit was reasonably clear from the beginning, I did enjoy reading The Notting Hill Mystery.
Rather far fetched in places, you maybe required to suspend your disbelief, fun overall.
Arguably the first detective novel, but certainly not a Whodunnit by any stretch of the imagination. I really enjoyed reading the Notting Hill Mystery and that's why I've given it 3 stars but there are lots of things I didn't like about it and that may annoy potential readers.

I forgave it's repetitive style, it's lack of suspects/mystery and it's over-reliance on the supernatural and the physically impossible purely because I liked reading something of it's time and involving detection and sleut
Jul 04, 2014 Wanda marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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4 JUL 2014 -- recommended by Laura. Many thanks to Laura for her tireless devotion to Project Gutenberg. Through her dedication, we are afforded the opportunity of so many great free books!

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2 stars. Interesting concept but I found the style unappealing especially in the beginning. The exposition at the end also seemed to go on a tad too long as well. ...more
Kyle Pennekamp
This book is undoubtably, according to new research, the first mystery novel every written. I first heard about it a few months ago in an article in the NYTimes... they finally solved the mystery of who its author is.

As a mystery aficionado, I thought it my duty to track it down. I actually had to go to and get the British Library (who has been digitizing its archives) to digitally copy one from its serial publication in a magazine in the 1860s,
Buku yang diterbitkan tahun 1863 ini konon adalah novel detektif yang pertama di dunia. Pertama kali beredar sebagai kisah bersambung 8 seri di sebuah majalah mingguan Once a Week, dan bagian pertamanya muncul pada 29 November 1862. Nama pengarangnya - Charles Felix - sangat misterius, karena merupakan sebuah nama pena dari orang yang dirahasiakan oleh pihak penerbit. Berdasarkan penelitian akhir, disimpulkan bahwa Charles Felix adalah pseudonim dari Charles Warren Adams yang tidak lain adalah p ...more
By Charles Felix
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Cetakan I : Juli 2012 ; 252 hlm
Rate : 4 of 5

Sebagai penggemar kisah misteri, salah satu poin yang membuat kisah tersebut sangat menarik adalah ‘permainan’ ide dan tema yang ‘sederhana’ namun memiliki kepelikan tersendiri dalam detail serta metode analisa untuk mengungkapkan
I find it hard to rate this book. It is interesting as an historical object (the first detective novel), but I could only read it in short bursts and the solution is unrealistic. It is written as an insurance investigator's notes to his company which is an interesting ploy. The solution is based on mesmerism, co-incidence, and a child stolen by gypsies: would not pass muster today. However, I was not expecting a modern book and cannot fault it for being 'of its time'.
Anastasia Ervina
Yes, akhirnya berhasil menyelesaikan bacaan ini, sebuah novel yang katanya adalah novel detektif pertama di dunia. Ya, untuk sebuah novel detektif pertama, dari sudut pandang saya, ini sudah cukup baik. Apalagi disisipi dengan Twin Connection yang cukup menarik.

Dan 4 bintang untuk kemisteriusan penulisnya. Sungguh salut karena selama 150 tahun, penulis The Notting Hill Mystery ini tidak diketahui.
Paul Collins of the New Your Times wrote 'The book is both utterly of its time and utterly ahead of it'. For me, that it is so ahead of the conventions of its time was simply an added dimension of the fun. My enjoyment of the read stems from it being 'utterly of its time". The inclusion of the 1862 reprinted illustrations of George Du Maurier (grandfater of author Daphne Du Maurier) added to my pleasure in reading a work from this era.
Our narrator, an insurance investigator, leads us through coi
The Notting Hill Mystery s is a collection of documents and statements arranged by R Henderson secretary of a life assurance company in an attempt to prove foul play over the death of a clients wife and sister in law and thereby inheriting a large fortune. The concept behind the "murders" of the use of mesmeric powers and the strong physical bond between twins was an interesting one but for me this is where the enjoyment really ended. It felt like a long wade through dry statements as may have b ...more
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Kay Robart
If you have read many 19th century mysteries, you’ll know they tend to be overcomplicated, and this one is no exception. Also in common with other early mysteries, it has a strong flavor of the gothic.
The story is narrated entirely as depositions, which makes it seem more removed from the reader. Although Wilkie Collins used a similar device in The Moonstone, his character’s depositions teem with personality, and he is much more skillful at revealing prejudices and flaws.

In addition, the mystery
Dan Giaquinta
heard about this in a NY Times book review in and around the time i was reading the Moonstone. I had always thought that the Moonstone was usually credited as the first mystery novel. this one claims to be earlier + a mystery in itself -- no one knew the real author. until recently. anyway, an interesting read from a historical perspective but not so great a read. some aspects of the style seem quite modern -- the entire book (virtually) is a compendium of evidence from the murder investigation. ...more
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Ira Book Lover
Kasus unik, cara pengungkapannya agak mirip The Moonstone, pakai sudut pandang dari berbagai pihak yang terlibat.

Berawal dari klaim sebuah asuransi yang bernilai 5.000 pound oleh seorang bernama Baron R** untuk jiwa istrinya yang meninggal secara misterius.

Penyelidikan oleh seorang penyidik bernama Ralph Henderson atas permintaan pihak asuransi membawanya ke sebuah kasus yang jauh berawal dari masa lalu. Melibatkan praktik penipuan yang dianggap tabu. Dan melibatkan sebuah kasus lain yang tamp
The original detective story apparently. An epistolary mystery, good fun if a little obvious from early on.
wah, katanya novel detektif pertama di dunia ya? Cara penulisan yang unik, mengajak pembaca untuk ikut menyelidiki. Saya merasa seakan-akan sayalah sekretaris asosiasi asuransi jiwa itu dan saya harus memutuskan apakah layak untuk mengucurkan dana asuransi yang besar itu! 0__0 keren juga... tidak terlalu mengecewakan, sama saja seperti semua cerita detektif, hanya berbeda penyampaiannya saja dan setelah matamu mulai terikat dalam jalinan kata-katanya, kita akan menjadi detektif sesungguhnya. Sun ...more
This book marks the beginning of the Detective Mystery genre. First published in 1862 in serial form, it uses many of the narrative techniques that have been adopted and refined over the years since then. Insurance investigator Ralph Henderson, investigating the life insurance claims by Baron R--, provides a variety of interviews and documents to build a case to show that he had murdered his wife. Sometimes rather turgid reading, it is interesting to see the origin of detective fiction. This boo ...more
I was fortunate to borrow a volume of Victorian Era novels, published in 1945, from my mom. "The Notting Hill Mystery" was one of the gems included. I enjoyed the interesting pace of the writing, and that the mystery was addressed by a life insurance claims investigator who definitely suspected foul play but did not believe that ultimately it could be proven in a court of law. Although the facts indeed were confusing, the investigator tied them all up in a plausible explanation at the end. A won ...more
Shereese Maynard
This is a great story which originally had a great author mystery to go along with it. Sadly, the author has been identified (today). Paul Collins in his NYTimes article solved the mystery but the story still has intrigue as no one has ever been able to solve the mystery of how the crime was committed. What I'm not able to tell you is where to fid a copy of the mystery. I'd highly recommend The Notting Hill Mystery to mystery lovers however, if anyone knows where to access a copy of the mystery, ...more
Sulis Peri Hutan
tadinya girang liat cangkir lainnya, wah sapa tau rasa tehnya lebih enak, tapi ternyata.... baru mulai minum aja udah tersedak, coba diminum lagi eh malah tenggorokan gatel, apa belum dicuci ya cangkirnya? tapi nggak loh, cangkirnya bersih, mulus. apa yang salah tehnya? kondisinya bagus kok, sebelumnya aja minum tah yang sama. jadi kesimpulannya emang bukan cangkir teh saya, belum terbiasa sama rasa yang saya inginkan sama seperti saya memakai cangkir kesayangan saya.
This is apparently considered the 1st detective novel 9from 1862), and I really enjoyed. Written in the for of letters, journal entries, policy reports, and other documents. The mystery itself is kind of whacko, but clever, and there is even actual scientific evidence involved. The policemen involved are quite professional and competent as well, which is a sharp contrast to some of the historical accounts of the time.
Also, bonus points for duels and mesmerism.
Cooper Renner
Whether this is truly the first detective novel in English lit or not isn't really the issue: what's important is that it's interesting, well crafted, solidly thought out, and not a little like post-modernism 100 years ahead of time (which is a reminder that post-modernism and the 19th century are very close in spirit). There's no real dramatic tension, but rather than an academic presentation of the "facts" of 3 mysterious deaths.
Cindy Barnett
Enthralling concept and ended interestingly, some romantic moments. TTS-enabled eBook. Recommended for romance and mystery buffs.

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