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The Detections of Dr Sam Johnson

The Detections of Dr Sam Johnson

(1960)
(A book in the Dr Sam Johnson series)
A collection of stories by

 
Eight exquisite mystery stories set in London, starring Dr. Samuel Johnson, one of the greatest minds of the eighteenth century.

In 1775, as the British Empire is about to be cracked by the earthquake of the American Revolution, twenty English families join in the ghoulish bargain known as a tontine. Each puts 5,000 into a common fund to be held in trust for their children with the terrible stipulation that the money will go to the last child left alive. Such a bargain should take seventy or eighty years to come to fruition, but there is a curse upon this tontine. Sixteen of the twenty children are dead within four years - and the survivors have no one to turn to but the great Dr. Sam Johnson.

The seventy-year-old scholar has seen his share of trickery, corruption, and murder, but he's never encountered anything quite as chilling as "The Tontine Curse." In this story, and the seven others included in this volume, Dr. Johnson and his assistant, biographer James Boswell, pit their wits against the darkest mysteries of the Enlightenment.

In this charming, brilliant series, author Lillian de la Torre features Johnson and Boswell, real-life forerunners of Holmes and Watson, in an assortment of "excellent detective puzzles" (The New York Times).

 
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Paperback Editions

June 1989 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Detections of Dr. Sam.Johnson
Author(s): Lillian De La Torre
ISBN: 1-85480-012-4 / 978-1-85480-012-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Xanadu Publications Ltd
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April 1984 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: The Detections of Dr. Sam Johnson: Told As If by James Boswell (Ipl Library of Crime Classics)
Author(s): Lillian De LA Torre
ISBN: 0-930330-09-9 / 978-0-930330-09-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Intl Polygonics Ltd
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Kindle Editions

June 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Detections of Dr. Sam Johnson (The Dr. Sam Johnson Mysteries)
Author(s): Lillian de la Torre
Publisher: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road
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