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eBook The Secret House (Dodo Press) download ISBN: 1409932273
Author: Edgar Wallace
Publisher: Dodo Press (October 21, 2008)
Language: English
Pages: 200
ePub: 1652 kb
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Rating: 4.3
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Category: Literature
Subcategory: Contemporary

Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace (1875-1932) was a prolific British crime writer, journalist and playwright, who wrote . Edgar Wallace was born in Yarmouth, Greenwich, Norfolk.

Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace (1875-1932) was a prolific British crime writer, journalist and playwright, who wrote 175 novels, 24 plays, and countless articles in newspapers and journals. His biological parents were actors Richard Horatio Edgar (who never knew of his existence) and Mary Jane Polly Richards, nee Blair. Known as Richard Freeman, Edgar had a happy childhood, forming an especially close bond with 20-year-old Clara Freeman who became like a second mother to him.

Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace (1875-1932) was a prolific British crime writer, journalist and playwright. Bones ( ) has returned from military serice on the West Coast of Africa (see the Sanders novels of Wallace) to find himself wealthy and solitary in London

Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace (1875-1932) was a prolific British crime writer, journalist and playwright. Bones ( ) has returned from military serice on the West Coast of Africa (see the Sanders novels of Wallace) to find himself wealthy and solitary in London. Through a series of misadventures, he manages to swindle swindlers, con conmen, and outcraft crafty financiers. Aided by the beautiful Miss Winfield, who is his beloved "typewriter" or secretary, and Hamilton, his military superiors, Bones in his honest bumbling way is able to win out and persue his own plans.

Edgar Wallace was born in Yarmouth, Greenwich, Norfolk. His biological parents were actors Richard Horatio Edgar (who never knew of his existence) and Mary Jane "Polly" Richards, nee Blair. His foster-father George Freeman was an honourable and kind man and determined to ensure Richard received a good education.

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Edgar Wallace The Secret House. CHAPTER I. A man stood irresolutely before the imposing portals of Cainbury House, a large office building let out to numerous small tenants, and harbouring, as the indicator on the tiled wall of the vestibule testified, some thirty different professions

Edgar Wallace The Secret House. A man stood irresolutely before the imposing portals of Cainbury House, a large office building let out to numerous small tenants, and harbouring, as the indicator on the tiled wall of the vestibule testified, some thirty different professions. The man was evidently poor, for his clothes were shabby and his boots were down at heel.

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Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace (1875-1932) was a prolific British crime writer, journalist and playwright, who wrote 175 novels, 24 plays, and countless articles in newspapers and journals. Edgar Wallace was born in Yarmouth, Greenwich, Norfolk. His biological parents were actors Richard Horatio Edgar (who never knew of his existence) and Mary Jane “Polly” Richards, nee Blair. Known as Richard Freeman, Edgar had a happy childhood, forming an especially close bond with 20-year-old Clara Freeman who became like a second mother to him. His foster-father George Freeman was an honourable and kind man and determined to ensure Richard received a good education. He is most famous today as the co-creator of “King Kong”, writing the early screenplay and story for the movie, as well as a short story “King Kong” (1933) credited to him and Draycott Dell. He was known for the J. G. Reeder detective stories, The Four Just Men, The Ringer, and for creating the Green Archer character during his lifetime. His other works include: The Angel of Terror (1922), The Clue of the Twisted Candle (1916), and The Daffodil Mystery (1920).
Comments: (7)
Gir
I would like to preface this review by saying that I'm a fan of Edgar Wallace. The Door With Seven Locks and The Black are two of my absolute favorites. The Secret House reminds me somewhat of The Black so I enjoyed this book.

As other reviewers have said, the book feels disjointed. It starts off with a lot of mystery that draws you in. Then you are suddenly thrown into the story haphazardly. The newspaper, Gossip's Corner, is used as a front for the mysterious Montague Fallock to blackmail the rich upper class. He threatens to expose their secrets (sent to the paper by vengeful servants) to the world if they don't pay him. This takes a backseat to the main drama of Gregory Farrington and his apparent suicide. His niece, Doris Gray, is unwittingly used as a pawn in her uncle's schemes that are as mysterious as the secret house in Great Bradley. Mr. Moole, an apparent invalid American millionaire, resides there but all is not what it seems. And let us not forget the main villain, Poltavo, who turns up at every corner trying to take advantage of everyone.

I really enjoyed this book, although it was fairly predictable. T.B. Smith, the clever Scotland Yard detective, fills the hero role almost too perfectly. There's always a clever fellow like him in Wallace's stories though. It's a quick read compared to his other stories. You could easily knock this one out in a day.

My biggest complaint has to be with the ending. The story ends suddenly in the middle of the action. There are certain satisfying resolutions to the big plot points; however, I was left wanting to know the fates of several secondary characters. What becomes of Doris Gray and Frank Daughton after they are forced into a marriage neither is happy about? What happened to Lady Constance Dex after the aftermath of her kidnapping? Does she finally get closure now that her murdered lover has justice? Unfortunately, we will never know. There is no explanation at all for Dr. Fall, and Mr. Moole is explained in an line of dialogue that only makes you want to know who he was before he got trapped in the secret house. I still encourage you to read The Secret House. It's a nice mystery with a few twists and turns, even if they are predictable.
Awene
This is a tale of evil men spreading misery wherever they can. It's very confusing at first. I had to go back to re-read several times before I could keep straight what was happening. The story skips from one scene to another but doesn't flow seamlessly. It's a depressing tale. I don't highly recommend it. However, I can say I'm glad I finished it. I would only have it the one compulsory star if I had stopped mid-way.
Otrytrerl
I rate this story four stars. Very original, somewhat speculative, and unlike most stories of the time driven mostly by action and not dialog or the omniscient observations of the author. I'm not sure exactly how to place this story, it has a higher body count than most stories of the era, and its rather minimalist romance angle could be dispensed with altogether and the story would still be pretty good. As usual Wallace is a little over the top in his story telling, the hero is a detective with a flair for the dramatic, and there are several minor characters that clog up the tale with subplots that lead to some twists and turns. Some mystery within a mystery sort of twists to the plot, but, overall an enjoyable read. If you are in the mood for something completely different, this might just be the thing you are looking for.
Lianeni
This is a good representation of Edgar Wallace's crime novels. I was hooked on them as a teenager and it was nice to stroll down memory lane. Pros: The book is free and keeps you guessing almost to the end what secrets the house holds. In true Edgar Wallace style, the villain has 'evil' methods for his victim. Just the right amount of suspense to keep you reading and give you goose-bumps. Cons: Unfortunately, the compilation is a bit of a disjointed/unorganized read. Unless you like Edgar Wallace work, this book will not endear you to him. Not sure if this is the author's or the compiler's fault.
Unereel
The Secret House is another Edgar Wallace mystery. If you like mysteries, it is an easy recommendation.

This isn't the same detective as in The Clue of the Twisted Candle, but I kept confusing them. Considering how close the names were, and the references to not always obeying the law, perhaps they should have been the same person.

This is a story of blackmail, murder and the love of a man for his niece. The Secret House itself is a bit implausible, but that's one of the points of fiction! Adding to my free Kindle mystery list for certain.
Nikok
I enjoyed reading this delightful old mystery. Although I did have to chuckle a bit at some of the most incorrect police procedures that would get this case thrown out of today's legal system. A fun book for lovers of old mysteries.
Monam
I read this book upon the recommendation of a friend.
Never having heard of this writer before, I was kind of surprised at just how much I enjoyed it. There are twists and turns, some of which you see coming but others that are just totally wild.
I did enjoy the Secret House and really wonder just how this may have been accepted during the time it was wrote. Today many of these things would be normal, but back then I would think they would be a bit Sci-Fi.
Truly enjoyable--I'll download a bunch more onto my Kindle.
The Secret House by Edgar Wallace is a mystery set about 1920 in England. I had read (and reviewed) another work by Wallace, "The Daffodil Mystery" which I didn't enjoy very much. However, since Wallace has written dozens of novels, I thought it only fair to try something else of his to be more objective. The Secret House was an enjoyable work and is worth the effort. The plot, although predictable to some extent, still is developed nicely. The characters, like in any good novel, are believable and interesting. There are a couple of "bad characters", especially one called Poltavo, whom you will particularly grow to despise, and the detective is of course, brilliant. To summarize, I am glad that I gave another try at a Edgar Wallace mystery and The Secret House was well worth the effort. 3 stars.