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An heiress has been murdered, and only Fleming Stone can see the vital evidence.... So Miss Van Norman was by no means a favorite with the Mapleton young people in a personal sense, but socially she was their leader, and to be on her invitation list was the highest aspiration of the village "climbers."...

Title : the clue
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ISBN : 6605021
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 341 Pages
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the clue Reviews

  • Lisa Kucharski
    2019-05-30 23:59

    I am a fan of some of the Fleming Stone mysteries. You need to embrace the period it was written though, and I always find the earlier ones a bit... fluffy. The women faint and have hysterics and the men try valiantly to be stoic but their hearts flutter when see a pretty woman... the later ones do not have this degree of female hysterics.However, in this mystery, we follow a man and woman who want to "play" detective and try and find the killer of a woman on the night before her wedding. The entire book follow them searching for clues and interviewing persons of interest. Then in the last chapter of the book, Fleming Stone enters and solves the case in 24 hours.The Fleming Stone popping in and saving the day happens in some of the series but not all. I would say the more interest books have Fleming Stone in them more. The best way to tell which one of these stories you have is to flip through the book and usually there will be a chapter entitled- Fleming Stone Arrives... or something like that. The sooner you see this, the better.Beautiful cover work.

  • Moonlight Reader
    2019-06-09 03:53

    This is a rare classic mystery that I just really didn't enjoy at all, even taking into consideration the differences in the way that classic mysteries are plotted/presented. It took me nearly a month to finish this slender, 225 page book, which probably tells you everything you need to know.The writing was stiff and the characters were universally wafer thin. It purports to be an entry in the "Fleming Stone" series, but the great detective himself isn't even mentioned until the 87% mark, and he essentially swans into the story at around 90%, receives all of the information from the individuals who have collected it, pronounces a rather preposterous solution, obtains a confession from the evil-doer and it's a wrap.The representation of female characters is absolutely terrible - even worse than is often the case in books published during early twentieth century (this book was published in 1909). Each woman had some assigned trait from which she was forbidden to stray: the victim was majestic and haughty; Kitty, the apparent love interest, was bewitching and clever; there was a genuine French maid, who was stormy and dramatic; and Dorothy was the clinging rosebud (whatever the hell that is), timid and appealing.I am willing to concede that, perhaps, every book written by Carolyn Wells wasn't as awful as this one. I'm not entirely certain, however, that I'm prepared to read any more so as to find out.

  • Bandit
    2019-05-24 07:51

    Some oldies are golden and some are just old. Regrettably this one firmly belongs in the latter category. The quaint charms of bygone era lie almost exclusively with the hilariously dated attitudes toward women as the helpless dainty dears are excused one after another from the murder of an heiress. Although in all fairness the men in the book aren't that effective either. The murder takes place early on and from that point it's just one circumlocutory interview after another, solving nothing. Not until the great detective shows up. Of course, there is a great detective, most of the mysteries of the day had one and yet Mr. Stone lacks any quirks or specific character traits that would make him either interesting or memorable. In fact he is as convivial, chatty and mild as the rest of the cast. Crazy thing is he isn't even mentioned until 85% into the book, doesn't physically show up at the scene until 89% into the book. He does solve the murder with his brief cameo like appearance, but then again who wouldn't. WARNING, don't read further if you haven't read the book. The crime (gasp, stunned reaction) has been committed by the only person who stood to benefit from it, the incestuous cousin. No duh. Cheesy confession/post confessional suicide. The end. WARNING OVER.Surely, this is meant to be a cozy mystery, nothing too exciting by definition, but this is just too silly. In substance and execution reminiscent most of a decorative doily. At least it was a quick read.

  • Carol
    2019-06-12 06:44

    If you like classic BW movies of the 30's and 40's, you'll like this book.

  • Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
    2019-05-28 01:50

    BORING! The house guests just went round and round and round in circles, repeating the same useless bits of information about why so & so couldn't be the murderer. Then they finally bring Detective Stone in during the very last chapter and he solves the mystery and gets a confession in like three pages. Which wasn't hard to do. I mean, I even guessed correctly from the beginning. I'm sorry but it was awful! She has absolutely nothing on Agatha Christie! Don't waste your time!

  • Estott
    2019-05-19 03:48

    Carolyn Wells was a very intelligent woman, and she had a sound grasp of the theoretical technique of writing mysteries. How sad that when she put pen to paper she wrote such awful ones. This one is a rambling affair that loses the detection thread in a romance (a common fault of the period)The only part I liked was when the young couple searching for clues trade a few barbs about detection in novels: :"And so," said Rob, as they turned back homeward, "I'm going to work upon this line. I'm going to look for clues; real, material, tangible clues, such as criminals invariably leave behind them.""Do!" cried Kitty. "And I'll help you. I know we can find something.""You see," went on Fessenden, his enthusiasm kindling from hers, "the actual stage of the tragedy is so restricted. Whatever we find must be in the Van Norman house.""Yes, and probably in the library.""Or the hall," he supplemented."What kind of a thing do you expect to find?""I don't know, I'm sure. In the Sherlock Holmes stories it's usually cigar ashes or something like that. Oh, pshaw! I don't suppose we'll find anything.""I think in detective stories everything is found out by footprints. I never saw anything like the obliging way in which people make footprints for detectives.""And how absurd it is!" commented Rob. "I don't believe footprints are ever made clearly enough to deduce the rest of the man from.""Well, you see, in detective stories, there's always that 'light snow which had fallen late the night before.'""Yes," said Fessenden, laughing at her cleverness, "and there's always some minor character who chances to time that snow exactly, and who knows when it began and when it stopped.""Yes, and then the principal characters carefully plant their footprints, going and returning—overlapping, you know—and so Mr. Smarty-Cat Detective deduces the whole story.""But we've no footprints to help us.""No, we couldn't have, in the house.""But if it was Schuyler—""Well, even if,—he couldn't make footprints without that convenient 'light snow' and there isn't any.""And besides, Schuyler didn't do it."

  • Joan - xstitchfan
    2019-06-09 07:35

    I became interested in Carolyn Wells after reading that she was from New Jersey - my home state. I've enjoyed learning how people lived in NJ during the early 1900's. Unlike many books from this time period, the flowery language is kept to a minimum while giving the reader some very interesting mystery puzzles to ponder. "The Clue", published in 1909, is the first book in the Detective Fleming Stone series. A bride is murdered in her home some time during the night before her wedding. The suspects are the usual members of a well to do household, plus the guests who came to attend the wedding. This book has one of the great mystery endings. I can't say anymore without giving too much away. Let me know if you were as awestruck as I was while reading the end of this book. I'm sure my mouth was actually dropped open! Enjoy!

  • Leslie
    2019-06-17 02:51

    Another entertaining Golden Age mystery. An heiress is stabbed on the night before her wedding. Who killed her - the cousin who loved her but had been rejected; her fiancé, who was in love with another woman; her secretary, who loved the fiancé; the eccentric spinster who stood to inherit her property? (I have to say, though - that I couldn't understand why three women found the fiancé, who seemed like a bit of a stick, frankly so irresistible.) Really more of a 2.5, but I'll be generous and round up. The women in these books are usually pretty vapid, but I did like Kitty, even though she started out looking that way, although unfortunately she did seem to disappear about 4/5 of the way through the book.

  • Julie
    2019-06-10 05:38

    A bride is killed the day before her wedding. At first, it appeared to be suicide, but on further investigation, it turns out to be murder. Bob Fessenden, a lawyer and amateur detective, takes on the job of trying to find out what happened. There are several suspicions about different people involved that Mr. Fessendon follows up on. In the end, they have to call in Fleming Stone to catch the murderer.Good classic mystery--more of a police procedural--figuring out each character's story and their place in the household at the time of the murder.

  • Pat
    2019-05-19 02:50

    This book was written in 1909, and at first the antiquated writing style intrigued me. Halfway through the book, with the same silly conversations going on and on, I jumped 10 chapters, read the last two, mystery solved. Couldn't really recommend it.

  • Andrew Austin
    2019-05-20 07:43

    Easy read - good for relaxing somewhere, not a lot of thought is needed. Enjoyable old school murder mystery. Agatha Christie-light, if there could be such a think. Very light.

  • Suzanne
    2019-05-25 23:49

    It's warmed-over Christie with a slight flavoring of Jane Austen. But even warmed-over Christie is still a pretty tasty dish.

  • Sue J
    2019-06-16 03:30

    Book first published in 1909. Good mystery. Many suspects ... An it had me speculating throughout the book. Some of these old books are refreshing.

  • Tonya Mathis
    2019-05-25 05:44

    I liked it.

  • Linda
    2019-05-24 05:47

    Couldn't keep my interest and I never finished the book.

  • Lillie
    2019-06-14 06:29

    A good old-fashioned mystery--written in 1909. Conversations and behaviors from a bygone era.

  • Kathi Cash
    2019-05-18 00:37

    Ok mysteryThis story was fun to read, but the outcome was predictable. Not bad for a free book, but not amazing either.

  • S Dizzy
    2019-05-31 04:43

    This story was pleasant enough. Not a bad way to spend a few hours.

  • Lawrence
    2019-05-22 01:35

    The CLUE WAS WRITTEN IN 1909 and has recently been reprinted. I found it interesting and had many suspects andis worth a read.

  • Michael
    2019-05-17 03:37

    Great murder mystery.A surprising ending. I found the first chapter so boring I about gave up on it but powered through and enjoyed the remaining of t he book.

  • Cathy
    2019-05-30 05:54

    According to the Haycraft-Queen list, the first Fleming Stone book.

  • Laura
    2019-05-19 00:29

    This was an audio book for a long drive. Not a particularly good choice. I thought it would be interesting to read a detective story before the era of fingerprints and DNA evidence. It wasn't very interesting. Or believable.An heiress is murdered on the night before her wedding. As the entire wedding party is there they all become suspects. Yet nobody calls the police?!? The coroner does the inquest?!? The 'detective' is just a lawyer who clearly doesn't have to spend any time on his day job and is just sleuthing around for fun?!? All the suspects are questioned and they are all suspicious because they all lie about something. (Though why would they be obligated to tell the truth to some random guy who is curious?) All the suspects are questioned again and this time they come clean?!? All the suspects are then cleared. Poor amateur lawyer/sleuth can't solve the mystery so they pull in a famous detective, who then picks the only character left that hasn't been eliminated as a suspect because he's been virtually ignored for the entire book even though he's the only one that had a decent motive?!? He is accused, he obligingly confesses, then explains in great detail why he committed the murder, then kills himself, but slowly enough so that he can dictate a will before he dies?!?

  • Jean Browne
    2019-06-15 03:47

    A fun little book for a snowy day and the first in the Fleming Stone Mystery Series. The book reminded me of an old time Saturday afternoon black and white movie. Lots of characters, leads, and misleads, and enough twists and turns to make it interesting.An heiress is found murdered in her mansion on the eve of her wedding, and most of the suspects are staying right in the mansion as well preparing for the nuptials. Of course there's a 'presumed' suicide note, a fiancée who seems less enthusiastic about the wedding and a male cousin who is truly in love with the heiress. Not to mention a large sum of money, a mansion and a will that may be a clue to the murder. Or is it? Will Fleming Stone, an artful detective be called in to solve the case? What do you think!Not sure I'll be reading anymore of this series mainly because I like something with a bit more 'grit'. But, if your a fan of old time mysteries, with a bit of humor, and a motley crew of suspects, this may be a fun read for you.

  • Victoria Slotto
    2019-05-28 06:52

    A quick, light read--a mystery in the genre of Agatha Christie, though set in the USA. Wells follows the well-established template of gathering all the suspects in a manor, murdering the future bride whose wedding was the occasion for the meeting and then zeroing in on each attendee such that, at one time or another, the reader suspects each of them. I recommend this for fans of this genre who need a break.

  • Susan
    2019-06-03 01:52

    When heiress Madeleine Van Norman is found dead, suicide is the first thought. But clues start being noticed. Robert Fessenden, best man, lawyer and amateur detective decides to ask questions until finally near the end of the story Fleming Stone, the great detective is employed to find the guilty party.The story was written in 1909 and needs to be read in that context, but still an interesting read.

  • Michael
    2019-06-04 02:45

    I found the language fascinatingThe book caught the idioms of the Victorian era perfectly. It was only at the end of the book that I understood why. The book was written back then. The characters evoked the era well. I'm must say, however, that the insertion of a "famous" detective at the end was unnecessary and a distraction.

  • Betsy
    2019-05-25 05:59

    A disappointing book with an improbable plot, and the fact that the 'famous' detective comes in near the end doesn't help. Many of the characters are barely tolerable so there's another strike against it. A waste of time, IMO.

  • Meg Trager
    2019-05-28 03:33

    Whodunnit??Discovering methods and motives prove elusive throughout to majority of this perplexing story. Puzzle fans will enjoy fitting the pieces together. The simple solution comes to us near the end of the book. Mystery enthusiasts will be challenged.

  • Sheridan Colbourn
    2019-05-31 06:29

    A true who done it.The tale is interesting . Unfortunately the author does not. Introduce the existence of the telling clue until the end with the solution. I do not believe I would have solved the mystery but I like to try.

  • Judy Harper
    2019-05-26 01:34

    Too many red herrings. Not enough interaction with Fleming Stone.Too many red herrings, not enough Fleming Stone. Pretty much knew who committed the murder. Too era dated, no suspense.