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The Daffodil Mystery [Kindle Edition]

Edgar Wallace
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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About the Author

Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace was born illegitimately in Greenwich, London, in 1875to actors Mary Jane Richards and T. H. Edgar. As an infant he wasadopted by George Freeman, a porter at Billingsgate fish market. Aged eleven, Wallace sold newspapers at Ludgate Circus and upon leaving school took a job with a printer. He later enlisted in the Royal West Kent Regiment, beforetransferring to the Medical Staff Corps, and was sent to South Africa. In 1898 he published a collection of poems called The Mission that Failed, and subsequently left the army to become acorrespondent for Reuters.South African war correspondent for The Daily Mail followed and hisarticles were later published as Unofficial Dispatches. His outspokenness infuriated Lord Kitchener, who removed his credentialsas a war correspondent. He thenedited the Rand Daily Mail, but gambled disastrously on the South African Stock Market. Returning to England, he at first reportedon crimes and hanging trials, before becomingeditor of The Evening News. It was in 1905 that he founded the Tallis Press, publishing Smithy, a collection of soldier stories, and The Four Just Men. The latter waspublished with the ending removed as anadvertising stunt and he offered £500 to readers who could successfully guess the ending. Unfortunately, many did and he was almost bankrupted. At various times Wallacealso worked as a journalist on The Standard, The Star, The Week-End Racing Supplement and The Story Journal. In 1917, he became a Special Constable at Lincoln's Inn and also a special interrogator for the War Office. The Daily Mail sent Wallace to investigate atrocities in the Belgian Congo, a trip that provided material for his Sanders of the River books. In 1923 he became Chairman of the Press Club and in 1931 stood as a Liberal Parliamentary candidatefor Blackpool. mHis first marriage in 1901 to Ivy Caldecott, daughter of a missionary, ended in divorce in 1918 and he later married his much younger secretary, Violet King. Along with countlessarticles, some 23 screenplays and many short stories,Wallacewrote more than 170 books, which have been translated into 28 languages and sales of which have exceeded 50 million copies. Over 160 films have been made from his books - more than any other author. In the 1920's one of Wallace's many publishers claimed that a quarter of all books read in England were written by him. His sales were exceeded only by The Bible. He died in 1932 whilst workingon the screenplay for King Kong,

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 274 KB
  • Print Length: 205 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 146371811X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082W7IMQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,144 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great holiday read 17 Oct. 2013
By dc
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This was my first Edgar Wallace book. I really enjoyed it and didn't see the twist coming. I'll read more of his.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing little mystery. 30 Dec. 2014
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A rather nasty
man is found, dead, with a bunch of Daffodils on his body,in a park. Who is the killer? Why does a mysterious girl disappear? Did she kill him? Very puzzling coming and goings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kept me guessing 20 Mar. 2013
By Janet
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The main detective character in this story reminds me a bit of Hercule Poirot. The book is like a lesser version of Agatha Christie but a good read, nevertheless. I often wonder if the police at that time really did use the services of private detectives as extensively as these stories would lead you to believe.
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