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The House Of A Thousand Candles

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  467 ratings  ·  88 reviews
1905. Nicholson lived and traveled extensively in Indiana and it was a rich resource for his writing. The House of a Thousand Candles provides readers with the view of an outsider coming to Indiana. The book begins: Pickering's letter bringing news of my grandfather's death found me at Naples early in October. John Marshall Glenarm had died in June. He had left a will whic ...more
Published April 1st 2007 by Echo Library (first published 1905)
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Aug 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
enjoyable novel written at 1905
a combination of mystery, suspense and romance
a young man who travels a lot around the world finds himself obliged to live at his grandfather's house for one year according to his late grandfather's will, the house of a thousand candles is unfinished mansion, creepy, full of secrets, noises and rumors of hidden treasures
Thom Swennes
Sep 10, 2013 rated it liked it
This story of drama and intrigue, written and first published in 1905, isn’t anything like the title would suggest. Jack Glenarm is a happy-go-lucky young man touring the world and avoiding the daily drudgery of work and life that he knows that he will have to someday face when he receives a letter informing him of his grandfather’s sudden and unexpected death. He rushes back to New York and is informed by an old schoolmate and old rival (who is now acting as executor to his grandfather’s will) ...more
Larry Piper
My spouse recently found an old newspaper from 1905 behind a mirror on an old piece of furniture we had bought in Cambridge when we were newly weds, back in the dark ages. Interestingly, the paper was from Baltimore, the city of my birth. How it got into a mirror on a bureau in Cambridge, MA is a mystery.

Anyway, one of its pages listed some books one might buy as Christmas presents. The list had little summaries. I decided to check a few of them out. I could find several of the authors listed,
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I saw this while browsing ebay just after I had finished reading The House of a Thousand Lanterns. How could I read about 1,000 lanterns and not 1,000 candles, right? Besides, I like obscure books. There's very few opinions out there so I don't feel swayed by popular opinion or shy of hurting an author's feelings. :) Anyway, you can read it for free on Openlibrary so I decided to give it a go.

A young, irresponsible man inherits his grandfather's estate with stipulations. He has to
Anna Karras
Jan 23, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This book was a donation to the library, and it was an old book, and I have a weakness for old books, and the title sounded gothic and intriguing, so I read it. The book I have was published in 1905 and it has color plates in it. It tells the story of John Glenarm, who after blowing through his inheritance, gets called back home to the U.S. when his grandfather dies. He has been left the house and everything in it with one stipulation: he must remain in residence at the house for the period of o ...more
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vintage
Stellar mystery, of the kind without the guts and gore but will still give you goosebumps. The tone is light and easy to read, and the characters are nuanced enough to give the story some texture.
Marina (Sonnenbarke)
I like classics and I enjoy mysteries, so this should have been right up my alley, but - nope. First of all, it was overly long - 400 pages for such a story are waaay too much. 200 would have been enough.

The story could have been interesting: a young ne'er-do-well inherits an unfinished mansion from his grandfather, who was an architect and would have wanted for the grandson to follow the same career path. The terms of the will are bizarre to say the least: the young slacker must stay in the ho
May 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read this as an e-book. At first, I thought it was a well-researched historical novel. It wasn't until the second chapter that I realized it was actually written in 1905. It is the story of a wayward young man who inherits a house and estate from his eccentric grandfather. The will stipulates that he must live in the house, in rural Indiana, for one full year. When he arrives, he finds that the house has secrets, as do all of the main characters. It is an engrossing detective story, that leave ...more
Patrick S.
Jun 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
It takes a bit for the story and characters to develop, but the book eventually offers an enjoyable mix of adventure, suspense, and romance. Nicholson's style also makes it easy to get drawn into the story. Despite being published in the very early part of the 20th century, this book holds up quite nicely today. ...more
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars/5 stars
This is a fun book to read once, though it gets a bit bogged down in 19th century social conventions and occasionally with action that stretches plausibility. Nicholson evidently had a case of "kitchen sink syndrome" common in inexperienced writers and tries to make this a book of high-society international intrigue with quite a few mystery, adventure, and romance elements, culminating in a (rather contrived) shootout and an (even more contrived) happy ending. All of which, somehow, takes place ...more
Jeff Miller
Mar 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Here is another Project Gutenberg/Librivox gem.

This novel written in 1905 tells the story of a young man who wastes his fathers inheritance in traveling the world gets notice that his rich grandfather has died and left him in his will. The will is not without stipulations and the young man must live in the house for a year without leaving the area. Apparently also his rich grandfather apparently had little assets at the time of his death and there are other odd stipulations.

Sounds like a typical
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A capital adventure with a young gentleman banished to a house of mystery, with a reticent valet and a hated executor to look after him. He expects to find himself bored until he realizes his life is in imminent danger. Added to the mix is the saucy child Olivia, of the red tam-o'-shanter; his friend Larry Donovan, devotee of Ireland; Reverend Stoddard, who preaches at the next-door girls's school, and Sister Theresa, who heads that school. And, of course, enemies Murphy and Ferguson...and is Ba ...more
Apr 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
There is an excellent free audiobook of this read by a volunteer who is the perfect narrator available through LibriVox:

This is a fun mystery that doesn't take itself too seriously and has delightful characters. A nice light piece great for beach reading or long car rides.
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Absolutely incredible. Oh sure, it was classic 1900-too many descriptions writing, and the plot slowed in places. Okay fine- the plot was ridiculous and took on themes definitely of the past.

But that’s precisely why I loved it. It’s so ridiculous I laughed at every plot twist and reveal. I was thoroughly entertained by the main character’s insane behavior, the militant clergyman, the creepy/loyal butler, and the young woman who ain’t letting no man boss her around. I had so much fun reading thi
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this one in audio on the Forgotten Classics podcast.
There are several reasons why I grabbed up The House of a Thousand Candles by Meredith Nicholsoan from the local library Friends of the Library Bookstore a couple years ago: it's a vintage mystery (written in 1905); it takes place in Indiana (that's where I'm from and where I am); and it promised a "classic romantic thriller" with "all the elements of a good mystery story." There were lots of reasons to read it now (or at least this year): my very own Vintage Mystery Challenge (for the number in ...more
May 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This book was great, very suspenseful and entertaining, but I wanted to punch Nicholson for the way he wrote the end of the romance story. It's elaborated nicely right up to the moment of climax, and then he skips over what should have been a gratifying conclusion, to give us a super-lame epilogue instead.
Cynthia Maddox
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Published in 1905, the book is a great example of the early 20th-century mystery with the exception that it is actually a good book. I "read" a Librivox audio version and found it quite entertaining.

Yes, the men are strong and dominate and the women are delicate, gentle people the men feel compelled to protect. However, I don't get the feeling that Marion is a shrinking violet at all. She just isn't a dominant character. It is simplistic and the stereotypical elements for the period don't detra
So, I really did enjoy the plot to this story, and several of the characters were brilliant and fascinating, if not a little dated. The problem was that the main character is in fact a winy, spoiled, dolt. He never ceases to be a winy, spoiled, dolt, and it can get very dreary-some if you're reading it and not expecting him to be a winy, spoiled, dolt. However, I didn't read this. I listened to it on Librivox and the narrator saved it for me. The obnoxious character from whose view point the boo ...more
Jul 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
This free ebook from the Gutenberg Project is something of a period piece, reflecting the thoughts and mores of the early 1900s. It's also as much a romance as a mystery or adventure, and the novel doesn't end until the relationship between the hero and heroine has been finalized, a number of pages past the resolution of the mystery. Modern readers may have trouble with the mystery's solution (yes, I saw it coming at the halfway mark) and the lack of realistic consequences for such situations as ...more
Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I needed to read a book written before 2006 by an author starting with N for an alphabetical Author Challenge, found this one in the search, and got a pleasant surprise. I never heard of this book either, but It was a 1905. It was a very pleasant mystery/romance with an artfully developed plot, a house as one of the main characters, an anti-hero hero who needs to grow up a lot during the course of the novel, loads of action but nobody gets killed (only because everybody is a bad ...more
Julie Davis
Nov 01, 2010 rated it liked it
A young man who never got along with his grandfather suddenly gets word that his grandfather has died and left him his property, with a set of conditions. Realizing his fondness for his deceased relative, the young man determines to fulfill the conditions, one of which is living for a year at the house his grandfather built. Once there, attempts begin upon his life and he meets some interesting locals while trying to solve the mystery ... among whom is a precocious school girl from a nearby boar ...more
So you're a rich entitled snob with an inheritance that entails you remain in a house in the middle of no where called "the House of 1000 Candles," how could you resist getting involved in secret passages, missing gold, murderous intruders,mysterious girls' from the school next door, and a butler who is not what he seems? With all the joys of the time it was written in: sexy women's hats, quaint (by our standards) flirtation, verbal servant abuse, lots of fisticuffs and gunfights without consequ ...more
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was written in early 1900s and is set in Indiana. A young man has returned from overseas travels when he finds out his grandfather is dead. According to the will, the grandson has to stay in the house for one year and not leave or he will lose all the money. As soon as he arrives, someone starts trying to kill him and the house is messed up. Apparently, his grandfather was supposed to have hidden treasure and the whole town knows it. Lots of action, romance, and mystery with a great tw ...more
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved the adventure in this book, and the characters. The Main Character is young and hot-headed, leading him into problems he freely acknowledges. The ending was predictable, but it was written in 1905, so perhaps this particular ending was invented here. I shall have to see if they made a movie out of it. I'm very interested in the interplay between the male and female leads. I like saucy girls and indignant men, and inevitable happy endings. ...more
Jan 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-edition
I'm going through my Kindle reading some of the free classics and mysteries that I've amassed over time, to mixed results.

I was pleasantly surprised by this. Generally some things written in this era can be extraordinarily dated and while this wasn't quite the 21st century what was dated was charming. And - quite frankly I was surprised by the ending! I never saw it coming. This was funny, well written and enough mystery and romance for any cold winter night.
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-52-books
I listened to the Librivox recording of The House Of A Thousand Candles and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved the interesting characters -- although it did seem to me that Jack could have had an easier stay there had he was a bit less demanding. I thought that the twists of the story were fun and fair. It was a great book for me walking along my local trail, imagining that I was chasing rabbits with a local schoolgirl.
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Did you know there was a Golden Age of Literature in Indiana, circa 1880 -1910? Well, this book is in it. A remarkable combination of turn of the century propriety and estates, Indiana countryside, medieval chivalry with a western swashbuckling flair, mystery, and naturally, romance. It was great fun!
April eclecticbookworm
A mystery set in 1901 Indiana about a man who inherits an unfinished house in the middle of nowhere with the stipulation he stays for a year. There are secret passages, intruders, rumors of hidden riches... I enjoyed it but might not have come across it if it hadn't been my local (Indiana) library book club pick. ...more
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