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The Film Mystery (Craig Kennedy, Scientific Detective #13)

3.34  ·  Rating Details ·  38 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Arthur Benjamin Reeve (1880-1936), was a graduate of Princeton and attended New York Law School. He is best known for creating the series character Professor Craig Kennedy, sometimes called "The American Sherlock Holmes," and for writing 18 mystery/detective novels. His works include: The Black Hand (1911), The Deadly Tube (1911), The Poisoned Pen (1912), The Silent Bullet ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published October 12th 2007 by Dodo Press (first published 1921)
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Sep 07, 2009 James rated it really liked it
Listened to podcast. Good mystery of the early 1920s. Interesting look into the movie industry of the times. If correct, as stated in story, many early nitrate films were used by the U.S. government of make explosives. Wonder how many movies were lost in that way? Would indulge in more of his work.
Jan C
Aug 19, 2012 Jan C rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2013
Enjoyable early 1920s mystery taking place in the early film industry. A little talky - possibly too much exposition about the film industry.

Unfortunately, also a little racist. I guess I just wasn't prepared for a twentieth century book to refer to "darkies".

This was my first Craig Kennedy mystery. Follows the format set down by Sherlock and Watson. Main character and sidekick who keeps guessing wrong about the guilty person. Kennedy is some kind of crime professor and sidekick Walter is a rep
Jun 29, 2011 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting free Kindle book. The scientific method used by Craig Kennedy to solve the murders reminded me of Dr Temperance Brennan of "Bones" -- no conjectures or "feelings," etc -- just what can be gleaned from the evidence. The murderer is unknown to the reader until the very last word on the last page (no peeking). A few comments -- the author believes in phrenology, as was obvious in the first part of the book -- a person's, eg, forehead or chin could portend the person's charac ...more
Jun 01, 2013 Julie rated it really liked it
Detective Kennedy is like Sherlock Holmes and has his sidekick, Walter Jameson. They are called in by a District Attorney to look into the murder of a movie star. What follows is figuring out the puzzling trail of a calculating killer. There are other murders, attempted murders, etc. and lots of possible suspects. Kennedy investigates it thoroughly with scientific (what we would call forensic) methods and uncovers the murderer. Good writing and twists and turns. It was also interesting to hear a ...more
Jan 02, 2015 Jim rated it it was amazing
Detective Craig Kennedy solves a mystery with his sidekick, reporter, Walter Jameson. Sometimes called the American Sherlock Holmes, Kennedy uses science to solve crimes. This story revolves around the murder of an actress in the middle of shooting a movie called "The Black Terror". The story takes place during the silent era of films. I enjoyed the story and the setting.
Nov 27, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it
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After reading The Poisoned Pen, I feel I have to read all of Arthur Reeve's books ... and this one was even better! One of those mystery novels that I just couldn't put down - and I enjoyed the 1920s film references.

Recommended for those who'd like a light but entertaining read ;)
Mar 05, 2015 Yibbie rated it liked it
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It is recognized as the first novel centered around the motion picture industry. That part is interesting. The plot is pretty predictable. I found it more enjoyable for the bits about the film industry than for the mystery.
Hannah Mcs
Dec 08, 2014 Hannah Mcs rated it liked it
This was a fun little mystery. The plot was decent, the insight into the motion picture business in the early 20's was absolutely fascinating, and the bonus addition of long-disproven theories of the "science" of the criminal mindset was very amusing.
Ramona Honan
Jun 28, 2011 Ramona Honan rated it liked it
Audiobook from Librivox - some readers fantastic but there there were others.

Ending to book was very strange, but I would recommend it.
Oct 10, 2014 Victoria rated it liked it
Reminded me of Sherlock Holmes but not as good. Still an enjoyable read that is fee on Gutenberg. Will look for more.
Sep 17, 2013 Lisa rated it liked it
Fun mystery set in the early film industry, I would read more with these characters. The sidekick was a bit too awestruck by the detective. Maybe if I read more, I will feel the same.
Jul 20, 2011 Nose-in-a-book rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics, mystery
I enjoyed the history more than the mystery. The mystery is good, but as a New Yorker I enjoyed reading about the city in times past.
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Feb 28, 2011 Marts (Thinker) rated it really liked it
Detective Craig Kennedy's investigations take him on the set of a movie filming and a most confusing state of affairs in which the lead actress ends up dead...
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Arthur Benjamin Reeve (October 15, 1880 - August 9, 1936) was an American mystery writer. He is best known for creating the series character Professor Craig Kennedy, sometimes called "The American Sherlock Holmes," and his Dr Watson-like sidekick Walter Jameson, a newspaper reporter, in eighteen detective novels. The bulk of Reeve's fame is based on the 82 Craig Kennedy stories, published in Cosmo ...more
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