Mystery and Crime Meade, L T, and Robert Eustace: A Master of Mysteries (1898), v2, 17 Sep 2020
#1  Pulpmeister 09-17-2020, 04:23 AM
John Bell, master of Mysteries, appeared in six stories in Cassells Magazine under the general heading John Bell, Ghost Exposer, in 1897-8, which were then collected as "A Master of Mysteries".

This book was already in the Library, but only in PRC format. I have remade it, with a first-edition cover, for epub, azw3 and mobi formats. Hence V2.

1: The Mystery of the Circular Chamber
2: The Warder of the Door
3: The Mystery of the Felwyn Tunnel
4: The Eight-Mile Lock
5: How Siva Spoke
6: To Prove an Alibi
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#2  matzerich 09-17-2020, 06:00 PM
My issue has seven stories. The last is "The Secret of Emu Plain."

#3  Pulpmeister 09-17-2020, 10:36 PM
Thanks Matthias. All references I have seen show only six. The Gutenberg USA edition, which I used as source, and has the illustrations, has six. All were published in Cassells in 1897, the first edition book came out during 1898.

"Emu Plains" was a one-off for the 1898 Christmas edition of Cassells Magazine and didn't have the solution, with an invitation to the readers to supply one. The authors provided the solution in April 1899, so it couldn't make it into the first edition. Your edition must be later.

Another John Bell story appeared in 1928! "The Chamber of Terror". I haven't see that story anywhere. I'll put "Emu Plains" in the next Past Masters, also "Chamber", if I can find it somewhere.

Thanks again

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