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The Penrose Mystery (Dr Thorndyke)

The Penrose Mystery (Dr Thorndyke) [Kindle Edition]

R. Austin Freeman
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Penrose is an eccentric old man in possession of some dazzling gems, which he won’t insure. When Dr Thorndyke is alerted to a burglary at his house, a scrap of paper is found with the word ‘lobster’ on it and two Latin words, and Penrose has fled in panic after a car accident. The police are clearly mystified but Thorndyke in his indelible style is on track, hunting down a fugitive, testing a theory and getting to the bottom of a tantalising, complex mystery.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 516 KB
  • Print Length: 376 pages
  • Publisher: House of Stratus (30 Sep 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005REWA5C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #390,208 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic British Detective Fiction 11 Jun 2002
This is a great example of a typical Thorndyke novel. With the eccentric and facetious Penrose speaking in riddles and behaving in the most suspiciously secretive manner, his weird and wonderful collection, his rather lugubrious butler Kickweed, to say nothing of the inimitable Thorndyke and Jervis, we have some fascinating characters to enjoy. The plot is, as usual, intriguing in the scientific complexity of its deductions. Provided you admire the genre, turn of the century, restrained British gentlemanly detective plus sidekick, I think this is a very fine example. If you are a Sara Paretsky addict, leave well alone. If you prefer Sherlock Holmes, this could well be the right choice for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Thorndyke 18 Oct 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A description of an irritatingly eccentric man, followed by the steps to find out what had happened to him. Interesting geographical and archaeological background, and the usual slightly surprising denouement.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Austin Freeman in his usual style 21 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Not great writing but Thorndyke produces the answers in his usual authoritave manner. The charm of this book is the period setting and the characters style. So much different from 2013
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