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The Puzzle Lock (Dr Thorndyke)

The Puzzle Lock (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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Richard Austin Freeman presents an ingenious case in this remarkable detective saga. When a store of priceless jewels vanishes without a trace, the brilliant Dr Thorndyke and his skilled associate Mr Polton are called in to chase a thief who leaves no trace. A mysterious stranger, incendiary bombs and intrigue weave a magnificently enjoyable trail through a great read.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 595 KB
  • Publisher: House of Stratus (11 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005USA7FU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #245,011 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1.0 out of 5 stars It was too much of a puzzle to access it 31 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have liked the other Freeman books but this one crashed every time I tried to read it. Unfortunately, I had left reading it till last of the Freeman books I'd ordered, so it was too late to reclaim payment. The others, that I had read first, are great, so it's not Freeman or his hero, Thorndyke that let me down...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Short Stories 23 Sep 2003
By hacklehorn - Published on
A good Thorndyke collection comprising nine stories, set either in London or on the Kentish coast. The best story is certainly "Rex v. Burnaby," which offers a method of poisoning (by belladonna) nearly as clever as John Rhode's Vegetable Duck. "Phyllis Annesley's Peril" is obvious but oh so ingenious in its description of how unbiased witnesses can, in all good faith, observe something which isn't there; interestingly, it is related to Sayers's "The Haunted Policeman" and John Dickson Carr's The Bride of Newgate. The title story is an entertaining account of professional crime (burglary) and a safe that opens to a chronogram, allowing Thorndyke to demonstrate his genius at code-breaking. In the same way, "A Mystery of the Sand-Hills" displays the sleuth's ability to reason from sand and sea; full of good Thorndykean detection, but the plot is rather obscure. Analysis of dust and sand found on "The Green Check Jacket" allows Thorndyke to discover two murders caused by a will; a will is also at the root of the problem in that other account of physical detection, "The Mysterious Visitor." The three remaining stories are much weaker. "A Sower of Pestilence" is too improbable and unmotivated a villain to carry conviction, and his plot is incredible, while the theft of "The Seal of Nebuchadnezzar" makes for a rather dull tale. The very worst, though, is "The Apparition of Burling Court," which is in almost every respect a reworking of "The Mandarin's Pearl," and hence not worth the bother.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Terrific Thorndyke mystery 8 Jan 2014
By Aurora Tarot - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
There is an indescribable charm to Freeman's writing and his protagonist, Dr. John Thorndyke, never fails to impress. By now, thanks to Kindle, I have been able to read all Freeman's mysteries. The seemingly-unrelated clues from which Thorndyke always assembles his explanation are present, but would you, the reader, have come to the same conclusion? I shall reveal no more.
1.0 out of 5 stars A Warning To Kindle Users--Faulty eBook 7 July 2013
By AcerAcer - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This review is for the KINDLE EDITION ONLY. (Unfortunately it's automatically going to appear on the page for the paperback edition as well, something I have no control over.) And the low rating is not for the content, it is for a major formatting problem. The stories are great!

But the ebook locked up my kindle at a certain point in the first chapter where there is a rather complex chart which apparently was not formatted properly and confused the Kindle somehow. I had to reset my Kindle (Kindle 2 with keyboard) to get it to work again. Then, because I'm the kind of person who just has to see what what will happen, I downloaded the book to my other Kindle (Paperwhite) and it locked that one up as well at the exact same place, necessitating another reset. So that's two completely different models of the Kindle that can't handle the chart.

My advice: if you -really- want this particular ebook you should not even look at the first story (the story the book is named after, The Puzzle Lock) and go directly from the interactive Table of Contents to the second story. Which reminds me of another, much more minor, problem with this edition: the Table of Contents is set up as if each story were an individual chapter in a novel: Chapter 1, Chapter 2, etc. Individual titles of the nine short stories are not given in the Table of Contents.

Better than buying a book and skipping the first story, try to find another collection with the same stories in it. When it comes to Thorndyke, many of the books have been published in more than one place. As a matter of fact, there's a Thorndyke Short Story Omnibus that has all the short stories in one place and won't lock up your Kindle. I bought it after I returned this faulty one.

I gave "faulty content" as the reason for returning this ebook. I hope amazon or the publisher or someone follows up on that.

I love Thorndyke stories and I hate giving out a bad rating but this seems to me to be a rather important issue. So once again, I would like to stress, the 1-star rating is for the formatting problem alone and not the stories in the book. If you find another book with these stories in it, go for it!
5.0 out of 5 stars Puzzle Lock by R. Austin Freeman 16 Oct 2012
By C. Hoving - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
All the Dr Thorndyke books are outstanding. This one is no exception. You'll be surprised how far forensics had gotten when these books were written (circa 1910). Very well written, too, w. flashes of humor. My favorite is the novella "The Penrose Monkey"--a hilarious send-up of modern "art."
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