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The Purple Parrot (original 1937; edition 2012)

by Clyde B. Clason

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Title:The Purple Parrot
Authors:Clyde B. Clason
Info:Rue Morgue Press (2012), Paperback, 192 Pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****1/2
Tags:Crime & Mystery Fiction, American Crime Fiction, Rue Morgue Press, Review

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The Purple Parrot by Clyde B. Clason (1937)

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The detective in this short series of crime stories is Professor Theocritus Lucius Westborough. He is a mild mannered erudite little man who is nevertheless an expert discoverer of criminals. In this particular novel his task is to discover the killer of rich bibliophile Hezekiah Morse who has been stabbed in his study,a room with no apparent access. Early in the investigation the dead man's granddaughter is arrested as the main suspect. Westborough eventually brings the real killer to justice with the help of Barry Foster,the dead man's Lawyer and the granddaughter's intended.
This is a great example of a Golden Age classic crime story. ( )
  devenish | Dec 28, 2012 |
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"And to my granddaughter, Sylvia Elaine Morse, in the event she marries other than the aforesaid Thomas Raymond Vail, I give and bequeath only my purple parrot..."
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"Thick flakes of snow are falling on Fifth Avenue at twilight--and then the body of a young man suddenly falls among them, mysteriously out of the sky. Momentarily the wheels of traffic are halted, but other wheels spin relentlessly on--the wheels of death, the wheels on which bloody murder moves silently through Manhattan's streets. Once again Miss Hildegarde Withers, the schoolteacher-detective, matches her wits against an unknown X, armed only with the precious gift of common sense and a cotton umbrella. One youth is dead, and his twin brother moves under a cloud. Then death rolls past again, like a swifter Juggernaut, while Miss Withers faces the problem of the Driverless Roadster, the Man Who Wore Two Neckties, and the Symptoms of Bathtub Hands. This is Hildy's second case, first published in 1932."--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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