Tuesday, June 17, 2014

"A New Kind of Detective Story"

NO. 13, RUE DU BON DIABLE.
By Arthur Sherburne Hardy (1847-1930).
Houghton Mifflin Co.
1917. 212 pages. $1.35
Online HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.
This would seem to be Hardy's only attempt at detective fiction; he might not have had the time to write more, since Wikipedia credits him with producing texts on analytic geometry and calculus, as well as being the American ambassador to several other countries, including Persia:
[Full review] A new kind of detective story which gives in the beginning the details of the murder of the charming French girl's uncle as he is about to present her with birthday pearls, the interest centring about the efforts of the detectives to arrive at a solution. — "The Bookman Recommends," THE BOOKMAN (December 1917; go to page 502, left middle)

Category: Detective fiction

2 comments:

  1. Hardy also did a book of mystery short stories, Diane and Her Friends, available at Manybooks:
    http://manybooks.net/titles/hardyartother09diane_and_her_friends.html

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    1. Thanks, Bob. I saw that title, DIANE AND HER FRIENDS, and wrongly assumed it wasn't mystery related, which is often the case with some of the older books: their titles can give a misleading impression as to their subject matter. On the other hand, SENSE AND SENSIBILITY AND SEA MONSTERS seems pretty unambiguous, wouldn't you agree?

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