A 19th Century Historical Murder Mystery
(The Agora Mystery Series)
STORY-LINE TWO TOCKS BEFORE MIDNIGHT CLAY BOUTWELL:
Forgery, mystery, and murder are found in Two Tocks Before Midnight. Beginning on the night of October 24, 1889, Clay Boutwell crafts a mystery of suspense and murder. When forgeries appear, the Agora society is on the case. This society’s dedicated to the betterment of man, and as such, see this case as part of their creed. However, the society finds a member’s involved in these crimes. Who is the one helping the criminals and who is the mastermind behind the scene? As the murders mount, Carl Brooke, a member of Agora, ferrets out the secrets and reasons. My book reviews of Two Tocks Before Midnight follows.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
Although a short tale of 51 pages, Clay Boutwell, created a story filled with forgery and murder. Similar to Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, Carl Brookes is methodical, as well as, intuitive in his reasoning and investigative techniques. Boutwell slowly revealed Carl’s investigative genius as he developed the storyline.
Authors can not develop characters or plot lines in a short story to the extent they can a novel. However, Boutwell did a skillful job of developing the characters and plot lines in this short book. Boutwell held the who, what, and why close; revealing them at the last moment in the storyline. Using observation and deduction, will Carl Brookes solve the crimes and reveals the culprits? Sorry, you will have to read the book to decide if the night of October 24th, 1859, remains a mystery in the annals of time? In addition, Boutwell added a surprise ending which I did not expect.