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The mystery of the skeleton key : a story of crime / by Bernard Capes with an introduction by G. K. Chesterton and Hugh Lamb.

The mystery of the skeleton key : a story of crime / by Bernard Capes with an introduction by G. K. Chesterton and Hugh Lamb.
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ISBN 9780008337278 (paperback)
Author Capes, Bernard Edward Joseph, -1918 author.
Title The mystery of the skeleton key : a story of crime / by Bernard Capes with an introduction by G. K. Chesterton and Hugh Lamb.
Publisher/Date London : Collins Crime Club, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2015.
Pagination etc. xiii, 204 pages ; 20 cm.
Series Detective story club
Contents note First published in Great Britain as 'The skeleton key' by Wm Collins Sons & Co. Ltd 1919. Published by The Detecive Story Club Ltd 1929.
Summary Note This classic detective story involves a tragic accident during a shooting party. As the story switches between Paris and Hampshire, the possibility of it not being an accident seems to grow more likely. "The Detective Story Club", launched by Collins in 1929, was a clearing house for the best and most ingenious crime stories of the age, chosen by a select committee of experts. Now, almost 90 years later, these books are the classics of the Golden Age, republished at last with the same popular cover designs that appealed to their original readers. The Mystery of the Skeleton Key, first published in 1919, has the distinction of being the first detective novel commissioned and published by Collins, though it was Bernard Capes' only book in the genre, as he died shortly before it was published. This is how the Detective Club announced their edition ten years later: Mr Arnold Bennett, in a recent article, criticised the ad hoc characterisation and human interest in the detective novels of today. This book contains, in addition to a clever crime problem and plenty of thrills, a sensible love story, humour, excellent characterisation and strong human interest. The scenes are laid in Paris and Hampshire. The story deals with a crime committed in the grounds of a country house and the subsequent efforts of a clever young detective the track down the perpetrator. The Selection Committee of The Detective Story Club have no hesitation in recommending this splendid thriller as one which will satisfy the most exacting reader of detective fiction. This new edition comes with a brand new introduction by Capes expert and anthologist, Hugh Lamb.
Subject Murder -- Fiction
Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction
Man-woman relationships -- Fiction
Hampshire (England) -- Fiction
Detective and mystery fiction.
Added Author Lamb, Hugh writer of introduction.
Chesterton, G. K. (Gilbert Keith), 1874-1936 writer of introduction.
Shelf Location F CAPE
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