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It is 1890. In the twilight of his years, Carl Brooke records his reminiscences as a member of the Agora Society. Each letter describes the society's involvement in solving a crime, often coming to the aid of Captain Barnwell of the Boston police.

Get five complete mysteries in one. This collection includes stories six through 10 in the Agora Mystery series:

  • Murder by Monday, Book 6
  • Eggs over Arsenic, Book 7
  • Remember Thy Oath, Book 8
  • The Felled Crabapple Tree, Book 9
  • The Eye of Bennu, Book 10

Knowledge of prior stories is not necessary to enjoy any of these mysteries in any order.

©2018 Clay Boutwell (P)2018 Clay Boutwell

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5 Mystery Short Stories

There are 5 short stories in this Volume 2 of the Agora Letters, it is nicely narrated by the author. There is a nice variety of mysteries to attempt to solve. I enjoyed this book more than the first. I was gifted a copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Suzan
  • SF Bay Area
  • 01-10-19

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I was gifted this audiobook with the understanding that I would leave an honest review.
I see that most reviews are 4 or 5 stars. I thought I would just love this series but I had a really hard time getting into it. It is not a bad story but just not one I loved or want to explore more. So please give this book a chance and make up your own mine. The narration for this book was done by the author and I did enjoy his voice very much.

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An enjoyable period mystery series!

This charming mystery series is set in 1890 England, but what sets it apart is how it’s told. Each story is told by an old man who is reminiscing on stories from his “hay day” as a young man in the Agora Society. This volume includes 5 stories, and each of them are a stand alone piece, and can be read in any order. In fact, you can dive into any of the stories and not need much background info, because the stories do a great job of setting the scene and filling you in. The narration is very well done, and the charm of it being a period piece story makes it even more wonderful!

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  • Norma Miles
  • 01-15-19

Could I impose upon you to visit..?

This delightful series of mysteries, written in a style suited to the time period, is enjoyably convoluted. The text eloquently summons up mental pictures of heavily furnitured rooms and gaslit alleys, an atmosphere slightly darker than that surrounding Sherlock Holmes. The stories themselves,
written in the first person, are emotionally packed and, though not entirely satisfactory, are fun, nevertheless. Each story is a quick and easy listen, and an enjoyable diversion.

This volume centers around arch enemy Drake, and includes:

Murder by Monday - Brooke, of the famed Agora Society is persuaded by his reforming friend Nordlinger, to travel with him to Fowler's Manor where the manservant lives in terror expecting that he will die horribly in a matter of days.
Eggs over Arsenic - The host of a small dinner party, a rather unpleasant man, is found murdered the next morning. It is for Captain Barnwell to help discover which of the six other people present in the house committed the crime.
Remember Thy Oath - Boston in the 1800s. In the Agora Society rooms (a Gentleman's club), one of the most popular members, Edison, becomes seriously disturbed by a newspaper article and disappears. His friends Carl, the narrator of the story, and Otto, together with a mysterious priest, track him down...
The Felled Crab Apple Tree - The request for help in finding her brother from a Miss Anne Scott, brings Carl Brook far more than mere adventure to his life.
The Eye of Benny - Carl Brooke (who is also the narrator) faces his old enemy Thomas Drake in this adventure

My thanks to the rights holder of Agora Letters, volume Two, who, at my request, freely gifted me a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom.Narrated with skill by the author, Clay Boutwell, this is another of his finely worded historical mystery series set when travel was slow and deduction played a large part in mystery solving. Different from Mr.Sherlock Ho!mes, but simi!at in style.
A fun read.