The Gold Bag by Carolyn Wells
Author: Carolyn Wells | Published: 1911
The Gold Bag Synopsis
The Gold Bag begins with the introduction of a young but experienced detective who respects and admires the exceptional deductive skills of his colleague, Fleming Stone. The narrator, the unnamed young detective, is called to investigate a high-profile murder case in West Sedgwick. The victim, Joseph Crawford, a significant figure in the business world, is found murdered in his home, and the detective is tasked by his superiors to unravel the mystery
As the investigation progresses, the detective meticulously examines the crime scene, collecting potential clues such as a newspaper published late the previous night and a trolley transfer slip, suggesting someone was on the Crawford property late that night. These items hint at someone being on the property the night of the murder, adding layers to the mystery. The detective navigates through the complexities of the case, encountering various characters, including the residents of the Crawford household.
Among the suspects is Miss Florence Lloyd, a striking and powerful figure with an air of nobility, who resides in the Crawford household. Despite some initial suspicions directed towards her, the detective remains objective and cautious in forming conclusions. Miss Lloyd's presence and demeanor at the inquest attract the detective's attention, her personality exuding a mix of strength and gentleness. This complexity in her character raises questrions, creating a sense of intrigue and mystery around her involvement in the crime
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Though a young detective, I am not entirely an inexperienced one, and
I have several fairly successful investigations to my credit on the
records of the Central Office.
The Chief said to me one day: “Burroughs, if there's a mystery to be
unravelled; I'd rather put it in your hands than to trust it to any
other man on the force.
About Carolyn Wells
Carolyn Wells (June 18, 1862 – March 26, 1942) was an American author and poet known for her prolific and diverse literary output. She was a versatile writer who excelled in various genres, including mystery, detective fiction, humor, and children's literature. Wells is perhaps best known for her creation of fictional detective Fleming Stone, a precursor to the famous detectives of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction. Find out more about Carolyn Wells at sevenov.com.