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The House of Sudden Sleep

(Mystery League #3)

2.40  ·  Rating details ·  5 ratings  ·  4 reviews
During District Attorney Pulver's vacation, the sleepy little town of Dartford was startled by the unusual events surrounding the death of David Ribblesdale, one of its prominent citizens Rodney Colt, young, enthusiastic, and a sentimentalist at heart, found in his office as Assistant District Attorney the necessity for running to earth the criminal whose activities caused ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published 1930 by The Mystery League, Inc.
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The House of Sudden Sleep (1930) by John Hawk gives Assistant District Attorney, Rodney Colt, the chance he's been waiting for--the opportunity that he can take on a big murder mystery and solve it like a pro. His boss is away on vacation when David Ribblesdale is found dead at his desk. Ribblesdale appears to have just lain his head down for a little nap and, quite literally, slept himself to death. Was it natural causes? Suicide? Or maybe even murder? Ribblesdale's partner (and Colt's friend), ...more
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars.
I feel bad; I rarely give books such a low rating, but this just wasn't that good. It was an easy read, and there was some suspense, but the resolution wasn't exciting or surprising. The characters were interesting, and the actual murders and the method of them were relatively unique. But the "climax" came way too early, and the rest of the book sort of just petered out from there. When Agatha Christie is one of your favorite authors, and you've read at least five of her books, it's g
Lisa Kucharski
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
I wanted to check out this book cause I hadn't heard of the author before and thought the title was cool. The mystery itself is pretty interesting but the book feels like it was written earlier than 1930, due to the very formal and romantic touches throughout the storytelling. Also, the book lead investigator didn't do a very good job of searching for things, or interviewing people so that you the reader could investigate along.

If you want to read a bit of early America (closer to 1920's in fee
Rick Mills
Nov 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-league
Death comes from a mysterious method which is not quite explained ... and book contains references to medical terms unfamiliar today. (What is 'twilight sleep' anyway? Seems to be some sort of sedative). The mysterious love letters add a unique twist. For a handy reference list of characters and a synopsis, see my blog post here: ...more
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