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"The Branded Prince"

Post by Karen on Sat 26 Mar 2011 - 12:50

I have to admit that I have never heard of this book before:

A Murder Puzzle.

There are some weak patches in "The Branded Prince," by Weatherby Chesney (Methuen: 6s.). For instance, it is all right for the police to be fools in a murder mystery story, we know; but it is going rather far when a popular and athletic Indian Prince - one Ram Singh - turns up dead in the dissecting room of a London hospital, with a trefoil carved on his chest, to ask us to believe that only the late and brilliant inspiration of a private friend should have suggested that it might be well to find out whence the body had come to the hospital! And when the trefoil had convinced everybody that the mighty secret League of the Red Shamrock and the mysterious "Vindex" were connected with the crime, why did everyone assume that subsequent letters to the Press by "Vindex" must be genuine? Few assumed that about certain "Jack the Ripper" letters.
These are not fatal slips, fortunately, and the story can survive them with ease. It has so many delightful features - a baffling secret society, a Maharanee masquerading as a governess, a little necessary hypnotism, and business with London jewels, a splendid succession of crimes and sensations, a good deal of humour in the delineation of some characters. It is always highly entertaining and surprising, and the solution will defy previous conjecture.

Source: The Daily Express, London, Thursday July 31, 1902, Page 2

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