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The Paddington Mystery Paperback – 2 May 2019
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‘One always embarks on a John Rhode book with a great feeling of security. One knows that there will be a sound plot, a well-knit process of reasoning and a solidly satisfying solution with no loose ends or careless errors of fact.’
DOROTHY L. SAYERS in THE SUNDAY TIMES
‘He must hold the record for the invention of ingenious ways of taking life.’
‘John Rhode never lets you down. A carefully worked out plot, precise detection, with no logical flaws or jumping to conclusions, and enough of character and atmosphere to carry the thing along.’
FRANCIS ILES in the DAILY TELEGRAPH
‘Any murder planned by Mr Rhode is bound to be ingenious.’ OBSERVER
‘John Rhode well deserves his reputation as a constructor of almost flawless detective story plots. To read any of his tales is a very agreeable intellectual exercise.’
About the Author
John Rhode was born Cecil Street in 1884. Although little is known about him he enjoyed a distinguised military career and was awarded an OBE. He was the author of 140 novels under the names John Rhode, Miles Burton and Cecil Wade. Cecil Street died in 1964.
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I won't rehash the plot here, but this is classic Golden Age fare. Dr. Priestley is a mathematics professor who applies his specialty to many of life's problems. He is a detective who uses his brains to analyze the situation, theorizing and rejecting scenarios that don't fit the facts until he comes up with the solution to the mystery. In this story, others come to him with the clues/facts. Priestley is very likable and doesn't seem too full of himself as some other detectives do. I also liked his daughter, April, and the main character, Harold Merefield, and am hoping to see more of them in future novels. As with most Golden Age detective novels, the focus of the story is the mystery and not the characters, so those looking for well-developed characters may be disappointed.
I found the mystery to be original, although I must confess that I had a good idea about what was going on right at the beginning and kept thinking that there would be a plot twist that would prove me wrong. Even though I guessed the solution, I still enjoyed the book, as it was interesting to see how it all played out. The story and the clues played out little by little, and it was easy to follow Priestley's solution. Classically, Priestley brings everyone together at the end to resolve the mystery.
If you enjoy Golden Age detective fiction, I think you will enjoy this novel. I'm looking forward to reading more of Rhode's Dr. Priestley mysteries.
Fortunately for Harold, he has a an old family friend in Dr. Priestly. The professor is a man of science with a strictly logical mind. He can’t resist a puzzle, and he’s fond of Harold, who is now determined to give up fast living. Dr. Priestly has a pretty daughter too, and Harold aspires to become worthy of her.
This is the first Dr. Priestly mystery, and it’s a feast of logical deductions and inspired hypotheses, all in the grand professorial manner.
The plot offers dramatic confrontations, adventures down sinister streets, a bit of romance, a devious villain, and starting revelations. The only negative is that one repulsive character is a Jewish stereotype. The Paddington Mystery appeared in 1925, when anti-Semitism was widespread. Aside from this distressing failing, so common in vintage fiction, The Paddington Mystery is an entertaining read.