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James Hay

MYSTERY & CRIME COLLECTION

This carefully edited collection of mystery & detective novels has been designed and formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. “The Winning Clue” — Enid Withers is found dead and amateur detective Lawrence Bristow takes up on a challenge to solve the mystery of her murder. But after hitting few dead ends, Bristow is joined by a professional investigator Samuel Braceway. Both have their unique ways and different theories, and believe the other one is on the wrong trail. “No Clue!” — Detective Jefferson Hastings is invited at Sloanehurst, home of Arthur Sloane, rich and eccentric man deeply interested in study of crime and criminals. During his stay at Sloanehurst a young woman is found dead at the estate and Sloane's daughter wants Hastings to help solving mystery of the murder. In the beginning it appears that there are no clues at all, and every suspect has a perfect alibi… “Mrs. Marden's Ordeal” — Ruth Marden was disappointed with her marriage and her husband George whose affairs with other women led them to a verge of divorce, but his relationship with Marjorie Nesbit was the thing that troubled Ruth the most. After a party thrown by Ruth and George, Marjorie is found dead… “The Man Who Forgot” — An alcoholic gets himself to a point where he is unable to recall his own name or anything at all about his past. James Hay, Jr. (1881–1936) was American novelist and journalist, born in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Most of his books are crime mysteries and detective stories, some of which are set in Asheville, place where he spent part of his life, and worked as an editor in the Asheville Citizen magazine. Some of his other detective novels have their settings in Washington, where Hay spent his final years. Hay was the founder of the National Press Club, and had friendly relations with presidents Wilson and Taft.
862 printed pages
Original publication
2017

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