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The Brocklebank Riddle, By Hubert Wales, 1st Ed, Occult Novel, 1914


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The Brocklebank Riddle
By Hubert Wales


In "The Brocklebank Riddle," Hubert Wales, with the aid of theories of reincarnation, has constructed a mystery story of unusual effectiveness. A jovial London businessman attempts the ascent of Mont Blanc with his wife and his partner. Brocklebank collapses under the strain of the climb and succumbs on the mountainside. His body is cremated in Geneva, under the eyes of Reece, his partner. Upon his return to London and the routine of his business, Reece is horrified one morning at the sight of Brocklebank appearing before him, alive, jovial and healthy. The solution of this mystery is hardly as interesting as its presentation, though the Los Angeles Times expresses great admiration for the daring of the plot. "Mr. Wales has reached right out into the supernatural and taken a plot that is not nearly so crazy as it sounds. It is a daring conception- daring because he doesn't apologize for the impossible, or leave any of those little artistic loopholes through which authors usually escape responsibility when they tell tales like Algernon Blackwood's." During recent years, authors of various nationalities have attempted to deal imaginatively with Death, for the purposes of fiction. Mr. Wales certainly has the gift of originality, and for a mystery story that doesn't attempt a commonplace solution, this is one of the most sensational that has crawled through the publisher's press in many a day."

Publisher: The Century Co., New York
Copyright: 1914

Condition: This book is in good condition. Hardcover. Blue cloth boards with gilt titles and a question mark on the cover. First edition. Boards are rubbed along edges and corners. Interior front hinge cracked. Binding sturdy. The text block is crisp and clean.

329 pages, Dimensions: 5.5" X 7.75"
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