Audio review: Hemlock Mysteries

The Hemlock Avenue Mystery

The Hemlock Avenue Mystery by Lily Augusta Long

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The blurb: A lawyer is accused of killing a rival lawyer, both having battled in court on numerous occasions. A newspaper reporter following the case is bent on determining the facts behind the murder. As it happens, there are two women also suspected of participating in the crime, and a third who was apparently utterly unconscious of what had occurred. It’s up to the reporter turned detective to unravel the clues, few as they are.

My review: This book was written in 1908 under the pseudonym Roman Doubleday. It is in the public domain and can be freely downloaded from many websites. This audio version was read by Roger Melin.

I wanted an audiobook to listen to in the car, to and from work. I also wanted a mystery; not a fantasy, or a romance, or science fiction, but a mystery. And that’s what I got with this book. Yes, it’s a bit stilted in places, but it was written over 100 years ago so what do you expect. The mystery itself was well thought out and although I had a feeling who the guilty party was, I couldn’t work out why. The characters were a bit two dimensional, but I decided to let that slide and just go with the flow.

I enjoyed the story, the characters, and the plot twists. I also think the reader did a good job. It was a good way to travel to and from work. It is always good to read (or listen to) the old stuff too. We can’t allow books to disappear, no matter how old they are.


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