Martin Hewitt, investigator

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Harper, 1907 - Hewitt, Martin (Fictitious character) - 216 pages
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I love detective stories and I have become more and more interested in the beginnings of the genre. To this end, I read a lot of Victorian detective stories. Martin Hewitt operated in the same London ... Read full review

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Page 83 - inference supported by the fact that it was only partly eaten. "I examined that apple, and found it bore marks of very irregular teeth. While
Page 171 - perseveringly about the floor, among old porcelain and loose pieces of armor, in the futile hope of finding any clue that the thieves might have considerately dropped. Mr. Claridge came forward eagerly. " The leather case has been found, I am pleased to be able to tell you, Lord Stanway, since you
Page 167 - theft known ; unless, indeed, an ordinary vulgar burglar has taken it without knowing its value." "That isn't likely," Hewitt replied. "An ordinary burglar, ignorant of its value, wouldn't have gone straight to the cameo and have taken it in preference to many other things of more apparent worth, which must be
Page 179 - to Lord Stanway,—"that these things are being done with your approval ?" " Whatever is being done," Lord Stanway answered, " is being done by the police on their own responsibility, and entirely without prompting, I believe, by Mr. Claridge—certainly without a suggestion of any sort from myself. I think that the personal opinion of Mr. Claridge—certainly my own—is that
Page 183 - It was that swindler Hahn who deceived me in the beginning," Claridge said. " I have never made a mistake with a cameo before, and I never thought so close an imitation was possible. I examined it most carefully, and was perfectly satisfied, and many experts examined it
Page 186 - shall see. One thing I don't know, though—whether you climbed out of a window to break open the trap-door, or whether you got up through the trap-door itself and pulled the bolt with a string through the jamb, so as to bolt it after you.
Page 164 - explained that at this time he had no precise idea what had been stolen, and did not know where the cameo had been left on the previous evening. Mr. Claridge had himself undertaken the cleaning, and had been engaged on it, the assistant said, when he left. There was no doubt, however, after Mr. Claridge's arrival at ten
Page 165 - Of course the police are hard at work at Claridge's, but I'm not quite satisfied. I have been there myself for two or three hours, and can't see that they know any more about it than I do myself. Then, of course, the police, naturally and properly enough from their point of view, look first to find the
Page 172 - here is perfectly at your disposal. You know all the circumstances, of course?" "In general, yes. I suppose I am right in the belief that you have no resident housekeeper ?" " No," Claridge replied, " I haven't. I had one housekeeper who sometimes pawned my property in the evening, and then another who used to break my most valuable china,
Page 167 - is much too famous a thing ; a man might as well walk about offering to sell the Tower of London. There are only a very few people who buy such things, and every one of them knows all about it. No dealer would touch

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