The first in a new series of classic detective stories from the vaults of HarperCollins involves a disappearing corpse, a supernatural theory, and a genuinely shocking finale.
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.
This most entertaining detective story is concerned with an amazing crime. The body of a wealthy man is discovered by his valet. The valet hurried to a friend of the dead man to tell him of the tragedy. They return to find the body gone! The motive of the murder becomes a deeper mystery still, and no clue seems to lead anywhere. Little by little, however, evidence is built up round a theory, and clever detective work triumphs in the end. For ingenuity and dramatic situations The Mayfair Mystery is hard to beat.
First published in 1907 as 2835 Mayfair, the book had caught the imagination of the reading public for its thrilling twists, its wit and imagination, and was chosen to be one of the first 12 classic books released by the Club.
"Attractively bound in black and gold, with vivid coloured jackets, these books are bound to be immensely popular." (Daily Mirror)
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Is there even a detective in this book???
Dreadful, dreadful book
It's not a detective story, nothing really happens at all. There's maybe a short story's worth of plot at most, spread out amongst dull anecdotes told by an odd set of characters who aren't at all likable. And while the 'twist' is possibly of interest to gender theorists, any normal reader will spot coming so far in advance, they might see it before starting the book. I'm returning it.
He's a really good reader, doing the best he can with a dull, dull book
Most of the book. It's a short story, at most. There's a out 2000 words of actual plot and the rest is just waffle. And there's not even all that much character development to make up for it.
- elly gausden