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The Notting Hill Mystery

(2012)
A novel by

 
. This eBook is illustrated with the original artwork of George du Murier.
"The Notting Hill Mystery" is a detective novel written by an anonymous author using the pseudonym of "Charles Felix." The author's true identity was never revealed formally at the time, but several critics have suggested later that he was Charles Warren Adams, a lawyer who wrote a few novels under a pen name.
Well ahead of its time, the novel was revolutionary in technique and style. It has been been called the first detective novel.
Published as an eight-part serial in "Once A Week" magazine, and only later in book form, the novel was illustrated by George du Maurier (grandfather of Daphne du Maurier).
Rather than by a narrative, either in first or third person, the story is told by a series of documents compiled by Ralph Henderson, an insurance investigator. These are declarations, depositions, letters, excerpts from personal diaries, and more, which are used to build the case against Baron R**, suspected of murdering his wife, who died from drinking acid, apparently while sleepwalking, from a bottle in the Baron's private laboratory. Henderson investigates the case that has raised suspicions because the Baron had purchased life insurance for the wife not long before her death. The Baron's guilt is apparent to the reader even from the beginning, but how the murder was perpetrated remains a mystery. When it is revealed, the challenge becomes how to catch him. Has he committed the perfect crime?

 
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Paperback Editions

May 2015 : UK Paperback
Title: The Notting Hill Mystery (British Library Crime Classics)
Author(s): Charles Warren Adams
ISBN: 0-7123-5626-6 / 978-0-7123-5626-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division
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February 2012 : UK Paperback
Title: The Notting Hill Mystery: The First Detective Novel
Author(s): Charles Warren Adams
ISBN: 0-7123-5859-5 / 978-0-7123-5859-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division
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Kindle Editions

August 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Notting Hill Mystery: A British Library Crime Classic (British Crime Classics Book 7)
Author(s): Charles Warren Adams
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
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May 2015 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Notting Hill Mystery (British Library Crime Classics)
Author(s): Charles Warren Adams
Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division
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March 2014 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Notting Hill Mystery (The First Detective Novel - Illustrated)
Author(s): Charles Warren Adams
Publisher:
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June 2013 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Notting Hill mystery
Author(s): Charles Warren Adams
Publisher: Les Editions de Londres
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