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The D'Arblay Mystery (Dr Thorndyke)

The D'Arblay Mystery (Dr Thorndyke) [Kindle Edition]

R. Austin Freeman
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'This man Austin Freeman is a wonderful performer' -- Raymond Chandler

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When a man is found floating beneath the skin of a green-skimmed pond one morning, Dr Thorndyke becomes embroiled in an astonishing case. This wickedly entertaining detective fiction reveals that the victim was murdered through a lethal injection and someone out there is trying a cover-up.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 496 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Publisher: House of Stratus (10 Sep 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #337,697 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Thorndyke. 24 Dec 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A suitably complicated plot, centered around an unusual trade, adequately explained. The usual love interest running through it, and the tension kept up to the very end. Again, proofreading and cover substandard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The D'Arblay Mystery by R. Austin Freeman 11 Mar 2013
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The D'Arblay Mystery is actually a real old friend of a book to me. I first read it many years ago when in my teens, and that old paperback version became so delapidated that I ordered this new one. It is a really good detective novel by one of my favourite authors featuring Dr. Thorndyke, who brings his expertise on medical matters, legal matters and general knowledge to bear on a most unusual case. It is the narrator, Dr. Stephen Gray, who discovers a mysterious body in a wood, an apparant suicide - and then meets the girl, Marion, who comes to mean so much to him; but it is Dr. Thorndyle who finds that the girl's father - the body in the wood - has been murdered. It is Dr. Gray who gets involved with a cancer patient and the strange people who look after him - but Dr. Thorndyke who discovers the truth about them. We read about attempts to murder Marion and Dr. Gray; about a sinister house with two entrances; about waxworks and a mysterios coin - A most satisfying mystery with lots of excitement!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Mystery Puzzle with an Attached Romance 15 Mar 2013
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Like other Dr. Thorndyke mysteries, it is all clear at the end but up till then you will probably be just as mystified and confused as the narrator, a young doctor who accidentally discovers the body of a murdered artisan in a forest pond and subsequently falls in love with the deceased man's beautiful daughter. Before the end of the story, the young doctor and his love will each have survived two murder attempts by an increasingly frantic killer. There is less early 20th century CSI technology in this story than in others in the long series by R. Austin Freeman but there is a great deal of clever inference by Dr. Thorndyke about a number of mysterious characters and events whose tangled relationships to each other and to the murder (and one before it) are unclear until the end. In mystery fiction, Dr. Thorndyke was a near contemporary of Sherlock Holmes but with more useful associates and greater technical knowledge. I believe that Holmes would have had a hard time solving this mystery. Do yourself a favor if you like old-time mysteries and detectives, read it and make your own decision.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "a pretty puzzle for a medical jurist" 1 Jun 2012
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In this novel, Dr. Thorndyke builds a card house of wild speculations to solve a perplexing murder case, astonishing all observers, including the police.

The victim is Julius D 'Arblay, an artist highly skilled at the rare French art of making wax-work figures and portrait masks. D'Arblay has a beautiful daughter, which leads to a romance with a young Dr. Grey who discovers ther father's body and brings the case to Dr. Thorndyke's attention. The great man embraces the case with enthusiasm as a "pretty puzzle."

There are lots of great scenes: stalking scenes, vicious attacks on Dr. Gray and Marion with various weapons, a sinister scene in a dense yellow London fog, a humorous exhumation of a dead man of dubious identity, and very funny vignettes with a tippler of an old doctor advising Gray on how to handle troublesome patients. Thorndyke's lovable lab assistant Polton has a starring role in this novel.

I loved this novel, as I have all the Thorndyke mysteries. I'd suggest reading them in order to get familiar with the charming atmosphere of Thorndyke's quarters in the Inner Temple and Polton's delightful personality.
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