Dr. Priestley Lays a Trap

St. Swithin Press
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United Kingdom as The Motor Rally Mystery



“For sheer ingenuity in plot and execution,
John Rhode has few if any equals in detective fiction.”—The Saturday Review



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.

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Publisher
St. Swithin Press
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Published on
Dec 31, 1933
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Pages
301
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ISBN
9781927551912
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Crime
Fiction / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
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