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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic British Detective Fiction
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,...
Published on 11 Jun 2002 by thesingingredhead

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3.0 out of 5 stars Austin Freeman in his usual style
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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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
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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
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This review is from: The Penrose Mystery (Dr Thorndyke) (Kindle Edition)
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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