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FREE EPUB ò Hag's Nook ⚜ In his detecting debut, larger than life lexicographer Dr Gideon Fell is entertaining young American college graduate Tad Rampole at Yew Cottage, Fell s charming home in the English countryside Within sight of his study window is the ruin of Chatterham Prison, perched high on a precipice known as Hag s Nook The prison s land belongs to the Starberth family whose eldest sons must each spend an hour in the prison s eerie Governor s Room to inherit the family fortuneRampole is especially interested in the family, having met the young and beautiful Dorothy Starberth on the train from London He readily agrees when Fell and the local reverend, Thomas Saunders, ask him to accompany them as they watch and wait for badly frightened Martin Starberth to complete his hour in the prison Martin has every reason to be afraid than one Starberth heir has met an untimely end Will his turn come tonight Was pumped up to find that I finally was reading the first of the Gideon Fell mysteries This one was really fun, as it had an air of haunting all about it And that styling of a story steeped in ghost tale made the reading a bitcolorful and fun A young American on a trip to Europe comes to stay with Gideon Fell, and ends up getting pulled into a murder mystery right away It takes a while to peel back the layers of history and supernatural associations to realize what has led to the m Was pumped up to find that I finally was reading the first of the Gideon Fell mysteries This one was really fun, as it had an air of haunting all about it And that styling of a story steeped in ghost tale made the reading a bitcolorful and fun A young American on a trip to Europe comes to stay with Gideon Fell, and ends up getting pulled into a murder mystery right away It takes a while to peel back the layers of history and supernatural associations to realize what has led to the murder and who the murderer is, and this is done well.There is also a lot of action, mucking about a swampy well where convicts bodies were dropped into after they were hanged, walking about the prison and seeing huge rats and Iron Maiden s etcAnd of course, there is a young lady for the young American to fall in love with as well We get a glimpse of Fell s home life too which is nice A fun lively story, perfect length for quick summer reading This is the first Dr Gideon Fell mystery, first published in 1933 and recently released on kindle in the UK As a lover of Golden Age crime, this novel has been on my radar for a while and the kindle release pushed me to finally get around to reading it Tad Rampole is an American, who meets the lovely Dorothy Starberth on a station platform, and is befriended by Gideon Fell on the train Invited to stay with Fell, he finds himself embroiled in the local tale of Chatterham Prison, now abandoned This is the first Dr Gideon Fell mystery, first published in 1933 and recently released on kindle in the UK As a lover of Golden Age crime, this novel has been on my radar for a while and the kindle release pushed me to finally get around to reading it Tad Rampole is an American, who meets the lovely Dorothy Starberth on a station platform, and is befriended by Gideon Fell on the train Invited to stay with Fell, he finds himself embroiled in the local tale of Chatterham Prison, now abandoned built around the Hags Nook, where witches were once hung Generations of the Starberth family were prison wardens and Dorothy s brother, Martin, has to fulfil a family duty to spend an hour in the spooky Governor s room, open the safe, and discover what is inside This is because the land the prison is built on, is held in entail by the eldest son and cannot be sold In order to fulfil the legal obligations, the shaken Martin, has to enter the room and take his chance of not ending up like other members of his family and die of a broken neck Family curses, a spooky setting and a love interest so beloved in Golden Age mysteries makes this an entertaining novel While the Chief Constable, Sir Benjamin Arnold, is supposed to be investigating the murder that, of course, unfolds, it is Dr Fell who sets out to uncover the murderer The next book in the series is the delightfully named, The Mad Hatter Mystery, and I hope this also appears on kindle soon The first in Carr s series featuring Dr Gideon Fell, Hag s Nook centers on the Starberth family, who have owned and operated a prison for centuries The property is entailed, meaning that the oldest son will officially inherit, but first he must go through a rather bizarre ritual It is at the time of such a ritual when the story begins The heir is one Martin Starberth, who is somewhat apprehensive there is a curse upon the family and the Starberths have traditionally been found dead at the The first in Carr s series featuring Dr Gideon Fell, Hag s Nook centers on the Starberth family, who have owned and operated a prison for centuries The property is entailed, meaning that the oldest son will officially inherit, but first he must go through a rather bizarre ritual It is at the time of such a ritual when the story begins The heir is one Martin Starberth, who is somewhat apprehensive there is a curse upon the family and the Starberths have traditionally been found dead at the Hag s Nook, the site of the old gallows where they used to hang witches with their necks broken Try as they might, Fell, young Dorothy Starberth and an American visitor of Fell s cannot prevent the latest in a series of tragedies The solving of the case is ingenious I must admit to being surprised at the end In fact, that s the best part of this book the unraveling of an ingenious criminal Considering that this was written in 1933, there is still enough between the covers to keep mystery lovers reading great atmosphere, a tinge of the supernatural, a good mystery complete with red herrings, and above all, a good detective with uncanny reasoning and observational powers If you re into Golden Age mysteries, or if you want to try your hand at Carr s work, this would be a fine place to start It may be a bit off putting to some readers because of the language usage in places, but otherwise, it will definitely keep you interested and absorbed This was a really nicely written mystery, involving an old family ritual handed down for generations I loved the writing style, which was frequently humorous but also, at times, downright chilling One scene left me tempted to leave the lights on, LOL The descriptions of people and places were also really well done I loved the writing style The emphasis ison the mystery than on the characters, which is OK, as the mystery is quite a strange and puzzling one However, all the clues are t This was a really nicely written mystery, involving an old family ritual handed down for generations I loved the writing style, which was frequently humorous but also, at times, downright chilling One scene left me tempted to leave the lights on, LOL The descriptions of people and places were also really well done I loved the writing style The emphasis ison the mystery than on the characters, which is OK, as the mystery is quite a strange and puzzling one However, all the clues are there for readers to follow and although I didn t figure everything out, I enjoyed trying to do so