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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Free Today Earl Derr Biggers First Novel

Hoping for peace and quiet, a novelist checks in to a secluded hotel and becomes part of a noisy conspiracy in this classic mystery from the creator of Charlie Chan
After years of churning out potboilers, novelist Billy Magee decides that he needs just two months of solitude to produce a work of true literary merit. New York is too crowded with distractions, so he embarks on a journey to the loneliest place he knows: a rambling summer resort that has been closed for the winter. He plans to live by candlelight and firewood for the next eight weeks, with nothing to do but write.

On his very first night at Baldpate Inn, however, Magee receives an unwelcome visitor. For some reason, the man is very nervous. Could it have something to do with the revolver clutched in his hand?

Magee was promised the only key to the hotel, but five more peculiar interlopers arrive, each with a key. It is clear that the author is caught up in a strange and baffling plot. The question is, who’s pulling the strings? Magee hopes to find out soon, lest he turn up dead before he can start his book.

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Earl Derr Biggers (1884–1933) was an American author best known for his series of detective novels featuring the character Charlie Chan. Born in Ohio, Biggers published his first novel, Seven Keys to Baldpate, in 1913. The book inspired many popular stage and screen adaptations as well as the name of a real resort in Colorado. Biggers’s Charlie Chan was introduced in The House Without a Key (1925) and appeared in a total of six books and more than four dozen films.

Earl Derr Biggers', author of Charlie Chan, first novel is available free today only! Hurry and pick it up. Merry Christmas! 

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  1. I picked this up for free today. My husband and I both worked on an amateur production of the play (he acted in it, I was doing props I think, many years ago). So it should be a fun read.

    1. How interesting Tracy! It will make it a fun read for you!

  2. Wishing you and your family a lovely Christmas. And all the best for the New Year too! Cheers from Carole's Chatter


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