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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Wildside Press (1 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AACDZ4G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JRF TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 Aug. 2012
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The author of this book is most famous for the excellent Charlie Chan series, with the crisp style of writing being easy to identify. Set in early twentieth century upstate New York, the story manages to be fairly exciting and suspenseful, yet remains lighthearted for most of the time. In other words, it is the sort of thing that no-one seems to write these days (more's the pity).

The solution to the puzzling events that take place was a bit more mundane than I had hoped. However, the diverse characters and excellent atmosphere made up for this.

In summary, this is an enjoyable read for mystery devotees, and which Charlie Chan fans in particular should not hesitate to acquire.
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By Henk Beentje TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Mar. 2014
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I thought nine identical five-star reviews were a bit much, so here is my take:

A writer, Magee (not McGee, that is McDonald's hero Travis!) seeks solitude to try and do literature, and chooses a backcountry inn at Christmas - but several other mysterious people descend on the same inn, with more mundane goals - two hundred thousand green ones!

My opinion: I used to love those Charlie Chan stories Derr Biggers wrote, back when I was a kid. This story, however, while fun at times, is over-long. It is free, so I'm not complaining! Plus I only found a single typo in this Kindle version. But as a mystery it sucks, at it is impossible to work out the story - there are no hidden clues, just deus-ex-machina surprises; and as a thriller it is rather long in the tooth, long-winded and over-written. Three stars: it is OK, but no great shakes.
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A light weight writer, Mr. McGee, besides that it is time for him to write a classic novel; in an effort to write this novel he needed to find a place for perfect solitude. That place turns out to be an inn high up on Baldpate Mountain that was closed for the winter. Little did he know that there were seven Keys to Baldpate Inn. With each key can a person or persons with unique characteristics and a good reason for being there. If you can believe who they are and their reasons. Mr. McGee suspects them all of being some part of a convoluted plot which nobody will let him in on.

We go along for the ride. There is no use speculating. And Mr. McKee's chivalry may be his undoing. Be sure to read the book to the last sentence.

I came to this book by Earl Derr Biggers (of Perry Mason fame) after watching the 1935 version of Seven Keys to Baldpate with Walter Brennan as the station master. I have still to see the play however the movie was more based on the play than the book. Some of the statements were directly out of the book but many others had that Cohan feel.

Meantime the book stands alone as a great example of a 1913 Erle Stanly Biggers mischief and mystery.
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A light weight writer, Mr. McGee, besides that it is time for him to write a classic novel; in an effort to write this novel he needed to find a place for perfect solitude. That place turns out to be an inn high up on Baldpate Mountain that was closed for the winter. Little did he know that there were seven Keys to Baldpate Inn. With each key can a person or persons with unique characteristics and a good reason for being there. If you can believe who they are and their reasons. Mr. McGee suspects them all of being some part of a convoluted plot which nobody will let him in on.

We go along for the ride. There is no use speculating. And Mr. McKee's chivalry may be his undoing. Be sure to read the book to the last sentence.

I came to this book by Earl Derr Biggers (of Perry Mason fame) after watching the 1935 version of Seven Keys to Baldpate with Walter Brennan as the station master. I have still to see the play however the movie was more based on the play than the book. Some of the statements were directly out of the book but many others had that Cohan feel.

Meantime the book stands alone as a great example of a 1913 Erle Stanly Biggers mischief and mystery.
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A light weight writer, Mr. McGee, besides that it is time for him to write a classic novel; in an effort to write this novel he needed to find a place for perfect solitude. That place turns out to be an inn high up on Baldpate Mountain that was closed for the winter. Little did he know that there were seven Keys to Baldpate Inn. With each key can a person or persons with unique characteristics and a good reason for being there. If you can believe who they are and their reasons. Mr. McGee suspects them all of being some part of a convoluted plot which nobody will let him in on.

We go along for the ride. There is no use speculating. And Mr. McKee's chivalry may be his undoing. Be sure to read the book to the last sentence.

I came to this book by Earl Derr Biggers (of Perry Mason fame) after watching the 1935 version of Seven Keys to Baldpate with Walter Brennan as the station master. I have still to see the play however the movie was more based on the play than the book. Some of the statements were directly out of the book but many others had that Cohan feel.

Meantime the book stands alone as a great example of a 1913 Erle Stanly Biggers mischief and mystery.
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