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Dr. Priestley Lays a Trap

(The Motor Rally Mystery)
(Book 15 in the Dr. Priestley series)
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Dr. Priestley Lays a Trap, first published in 1933 (and also known by the title The Motor Rally Mystery), is part of the series of mysteries featuring private detective Dr. Priestley. Author John Rhode, a pen name of Cecil Street (1884-1964), was a prolific writer of mostly detective novels, publishing more than 140 books between 1924 and 1961.

From the dustjacket: The death of Lessingham and his companion, Purvis, was, indeed, a tragic affair; but an automobile accident, especially one occurring in a race, rarely arouses suspicion. Sergeant Showerby, however, was a conscientious soul. His duty was to investigate thoroughly and investigate he did, with results that were suspicious enough to arouse Inspector Hanslet of Scotland Yard and, through him, the great criminologist, Dr. Priestley.

At first, there is so little evidence that one cannot understand Dr. Priestley's interest in the case. Then, one by one, clues appear - not the ordinary clues which fall fortuitously in a detective's lap, but clues that are found because the Doctor, by his famous process of logical deduction, knows where to look for them. Gradually a pattern forms so diabolical in its simplicity and effectiveness that Dr. Priestley is forced to set a dramatic trap which very nearly ends the lives of both detective and criminal.

For sheer ingenuity of detective story mechanics, John Rhode has few equals and none of his many stories present a neater puzzle than this one, which will perplex all but the keenest detective fan.

Genre: Mystery

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Paperback Editions

December 2017 : Paperback

Title: The Motor Rally Mystery
Author(s): John Rhode
ISBN: 1-973513-52-8 / 978-1-973513-52-0
Publisher: Independently published
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Kindle Editions

November 2019 : USA, Australia, Canada Kindle edition

Title: Dr. Priestley Lays a Trap
Author(s): John Rhode
Publisher: Red Kestrel Books
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January 2013 : USA Kindle edition

Title: Dr. Priestley Lays a Trap
Author(s): John Rhode
Publisher: St. Swithin Press
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