A pulp classic from the creator of Charlie Chan and the basis of the movie "The Second Floor Mystery" starring Loretta Young.
The time is July 1914 and the setting is London. Rumors of a European war are in the press, but the two main characters are Americans who both enjoy reading in the newspaper the Personal Notices, popularly known as The Agony Column. In it are published the personal messages of otherwise reserved British urbanites. As the novel begins Geoffrey West is having his breakfast in a restaurant and reading the Agony Column when he sees a beautiful young woman enter with her father. He is immediately attracted to her and notices that she too carries the Agony Column in her hand. The waiter seats the young lady and her escort at the table next to West and he hears her express her enjoyment of the ads in the personals. His breakfast over, West leaves the restaurant but can't get this young woman out of his mind. How can he meet her? He doesn't even know who she is. Then it hits him. He writes to her in the Personal Notices. In her reply she asks that he write seven letters to her in seven days to prove he is an interesting person and tells him how to post them. His first letter is innocent enough, but then the mystery begins. Murder and political intrigue are detailed in the letters of a man smitten by love. The two questions of "who done it?" and "will the boy get the girl?" drive the plot along. A perfect brew of mystery and romance of the old-fashioned variety, this is a delightful tale with a twist ending that will entertain to the very end.
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Earl Derr Biggers (1884–1933) was an American novelist and playwright. He is best remembered for his novels, in particular those featuring the Chinese-American detective Charlie Chan, which were made into films.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 136 pages. 9.00x6.00x0.31 inches. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # zk1482302896