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Seven Keys to Baldpate | [Earl Derr Biggers]

Seven Keys to Baldpate

Known for his comic sense, Earl Derr Biggers was one of the foremost writers of mystery and detective stories in this country. To his friends he was known for his comic sense. Seven Keys to Baldpate was his first novel and became extremely popular. In it, a famous author visits a closed summer resort at Baldpate Mountain in the middle of winter. He is looking for peace and quiet so that he can write his next book.
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Known for his comic sense, Earl Derr Biggers was one of the foremost writers of mystery and detective stories in this country. To his friends he was known for his comic sense. Seven Keys to Baldpate was his first novel and became extremely popular. In it, a famous author visits a closed summer resort at Baldpate Mountain in the middle of winter. He is looking for peace and quiet so that he can write his next book.

However, before his first night is over, numerous unexpected visitors begin to fill the hotel, on strange and sometimes dangerous missions. The author finds that a fortune is at stake and that his visitors will do anything to possess it. Before the end of the week, there is gunfire, bribery, fights, and hidden truths are unmasked.

Seven Keys to Baldpate is an old-fashioned mysterious melodramatic farce. It was so popular that it was made into an extremely popular stage play by George M. Cohan and became the basis for no less than seven films.

©1997 Jimcin Recordings

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    Glenn Assonet, MA, USA 10-04-06
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    "Farce"

    A farce more than a serious mystery but very funny.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Newport Portsmouth, RI, USA 09-08-06
    Newport Portsmouth, RI, USA 09-08-06
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    "Good escapism"

    Downloaded this book in spite of the low "stars" at the time and I'm glad I did. Pure escapism, of course but great fun. Well done and well read. To each his own, I guess.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    John Seattle, WA, USA 08-14-06
    John Seattle, WA, USA 08-14-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Who Can Listen Long enough?"

    I sorry this is my first review of a narrator and all I can say is after 3 chapters I gave up listening. It became impossible to continue listening to someone read with so little consideration for the author or the work. I suspect the book was read cold to the recording otherwise the narrator has some very odd ideas about adding commas and periods for the author.

    The typical reading cadence of the first chapter is a noticle pause after EVERY 3 to 4 words. I know this can't be the literal truth but it is certainly my subective truth. It passes distracting within 5 minutes and becomes mroe than irriatating before the first chapter is completed.

    By the third chapter the narrator improves but not enought to allow me to even remember the storyline. The generally flat intonation was a distance second issue to the weird cadence.

    Someone at audible should have proofed this before it was allowed release.

    I know how this review must sound but it appears I payed for the privlege. Read the book perhaps but for what it's worth don't listen to this edition.

    good listening,
    John in Seattle

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