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The Riddle of the Frozen Flame by Mary E. Hanshew, Fiction, Historical, Mystery & Detective, Action & Adventure

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Sir Nigel has returned to England after twelve years of the army life in India -- to visit Merriton Towers, which are to be his due to the strange disappearance of his uncle. He finds the Towers located in a most desolate region . . . made strange by the vision of dancing flames in the uninhabited marsh: the Frozen Flames. According to local legend, to investigate the flam Sir Nigel has returned to England after twelve years of the army life in India -- to visit Merriton Towers, which are to be his due to the strange disappearance of his uncle. He finds the Towers located in a most desolate region . . . made strange by the vision of dancing flames in the uninhabited marsh: the Frozen Flames. According to local legend, to investigate the flames means death! And death does rear its head . . . presenting Inspector Cleek of Scotland Yard with his strangest case ever.


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Sir Nigel has returned to England after twelve years of the army life in India -- to visit Merriton Towers, which are to be his due to the strange disappearance of his uncle. He finds the Towers located in a most desolate region . . . made strange by the vision of dancing flames in the uninhabited marsh: the Frozen Flames. According to local legend, to investigate the flam Sir Nigel has returned to England after twelve years of the army life in India -- to visit Merriton Towers, which are to be his due to the strange disappearance of his uncle. He finds the Towers located in a most desolate region . . . made strange by the vision of dancing flames in the uninhabited marsh: the Frozen Flames. According to local legend, to investigate the flames means death! And death does rear its head . . . presenting Inspector Cleek of Scotland Yard with his strangest case ever.

48 review for The Riddle of the Frozen Flame by Mary E. Hanshew, Fiction, Historical, Mystery & Detective, Action & Adventure

  1. 4 out of 5

    ShanDizzy

    More drawn out than Cleek of Scotland Yard but still enjoyable

  2. 5 out of 5

    Pradeep K

    A very good mystery, though a bit lengthy. The style is mostly straightforward--readers are walked through the events as they unfold, learning what the detective learns, and are given a sporting chance at competing with the detective if they so chose, or to simply enjoy the mystery. In the backdrop, the police are trying to solve a series of bank robberies--theft of only gold reserves--to which there seem to be no clue at all. But that is by the way. The main case: A nobleman is suspected to havi A very good mystery, though a bit lengthy. The style is mostly straightforward--readers are walked through the events as they unfold, learning what the detective learns, and are given a sporting chance at competing with the detective if they so chose, or to simply enjoy the mystery. In the backdrop, the police are trying to solve a series of bank robberies--theft of only gold reserves--to which there seem to be no clue at all. But that is by the way. The main case: A nobleman is suspected to having murdered his guest, with all evidence pointing against him and jealousy showing for motive. Detective Cleek investigates under cover--really under multiple covers--the case which right from the start seems dark against the nobleman. At one point he simply resigns! Or, does he? Several possibilities are imaginable as we read, but what is true? Keeps the readers guessing throughout. Only at one or two places--and this only toward the very end--a petty fact or two are guarded from the readers for a few pages, but it is nothing of as much consequence as to grudge the author. There is a budding love story intertwined, but I was glad it was formally bound and did not spoil the taste of the mystery.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ejayen

    In my dream Cleek TV show this story would be the season that doesn't fully feel like it belongs. In my dream Cleek TV show this story would be the season that doesn't fully feel like it belongs.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Thom Swennes

    This is another book featuring Detective Hamilton Cleek who was introduced in Cleek: The Man of the Forty Faces first published in 1913. This super sleuth and master of disguise will bedazzle you once more as he ingeniously solves a new case. Without the logical mind and condescending manners of Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, Hamilton Cleek worms his was into your heart through your eyes and via your brain. When large amounts of English gold are stolen, Scotland Yard are called in and (as usual) mix u This is another book featuring Detective Hamilton Cleek who was introduced in Cleek: The Man of the Forty Faces first published in 1913. This super sleuth and master of disguise will bedazzle you once more as he ingeniously solves a new case. Without the logical mind and condescending manners of Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, Hamilton Cleek worms his was into your heart through your eyes and via your brain. When large amounts of English gold are stolen, Scotland Yard are called in and (as usual) mix up the facts, reach the wrong conclusions, arrest and charge the wrong man. Anyone with less natural ability would fall far short of the mark and justice would not be served. As could only logically be expected, Cleek comes to the rescue and set everything straight. It is a fascinating mystery, masterfully written in the old style. If you’re looking for a classical robbery/murder mystery, without the blood and physical gore of modern literature, The Riddle of the Frozen Flame may be exactly what you are looking for. For an old-styled mystery, it is easily readable and is bound to keep you turning the pages. The end is never in doubt but the road to discovery is both long and winding.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Francis

    Sort of a Hardy Boy's or Nancy Drew for adults mystery featuring mysterious lights, an old country manor, tall tales, whispered amongst the local country folk and a virtuous women defending her man from a series of flagrantly wicked accusations, not to mention a body or two. Well I liked the Hardy Boys and my daughter loved the Nancy Drew books I read to her when she was young, so, it was for me it was simply a fun and nostalgic read. Kind of one of those 'a return to simpler times' kind of thin Sort of a Hardy Boy's or Nancy Drew for adults mystery featuring mysterious lights, an old country manor, tall tales, whispered amongst the local country folk and a virtuous women defending her man from a series of flagrantly wicked accusations, not to mention a body or two. Well I liked the Hardy Boys and my daughter loved the Nancy Drew books I read to her when she was young, so, it was for me it was simply a fun and nostalgic read. Kind of one of those 'a return to simpler times' kind of things.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Marts (Thinker)

    The Riddle of the Frozen Flame, this was great I enjoyed it, in some aspects it reminded me of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Its a great classic murder/crime mystery, with all the 'flames' out on the fen, the underground tunnels, the murders, the innocent rich guy, the cover ups, that really smart detective... Well that more or less sums it all up, but its one of those 'edge of your seat' kinda mysteries so if you like such I'll suggest you try it... This is the first work by Hanshew that I've r The Riddle of the Frozen Flame, this was great I enjoyed it, in some aspects it reminded me of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Its a great classic murder/crime mystery, with all the 'flames' out on the fen, the underground tunnels, the murders, the innocent rich guy, the cover ups, that really smart detective... Well that more or less sums it all up, but its one of those 'edge of your seat' kinda mysteries so if you like such I'll suggest you try it... This is the first work by Hanshew that I've read and I'll definitely be looking for others!!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Miller

    The 3rd of the Hamilton Cleek detectives stories and a very satisfying one. Has elements of the Hounds of the Baskerville in that a supernatural occurrence is leading to the death of anybody who investigates the "Frozen Flames." Cleek the man with the rubber face and the master of disguise and former master criminal is on the case. The mystery story itself gives you enough clues to solve the mystery or at least to know who was involved and there is enough suspense and decent characterization to m The 3rd of the Hamilton Cleek detectives stories and a very satisfying one. Has elements of the Hounds of the Baskerville in that a supernatural occurrence is leading to the death of anybody who investigates the "Frozen Flames." Cleek the man with the rubber face and the master of disguise and former master criminal is on the case. The mystery story itself gives you enough clues to solve the mystery or at least to know who was involved and there is enough suspense and decent characterization to make it an enjoyable mystery.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    This is a classic mystery, so is old-fashioned in feel, but quite intriguing. Mr. Cleek, detective extraordinaire is called in to solve the mysterious disappearances and the frozen flame phenomenon for the relative of a friend. Using disguises, clues, and his brain he solves several mysteries in one. Easy to read and interesting

  9. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    A clean-cut young soldier fights the sinister frame that has him accused of murder, and the beautiful young woman who loves him tries to help, but there's no help short of Cleck, the mysterious friend of Scotland Yard who can be disguised as almost anyone. Very old fashioned, but none the worse for that. A clean-cut young soldier fights the sinister frame that has him accused of murder, and the beautiful young woman who loves him tries to help, but there's no help short of Cleck, the mysterious friend of Scotland Yard who can be disguised as almost anyone. Very old fashioned, but none the worse for that.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    It kept drawing me back. If you like Sherlock Holmes you will love this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Timothy Ferguson

    Excellently read. for Librivox This is an interesting novel, not perhaps as good as the first in the series, but still satisfying.

  12. 4 out of 5

    alibrivoxfan

    Excellent reader, typical Cleek mystery.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Fresh Abiola

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