The Mystery of Cloomber

The Mystery of Cloomber What dark deed from the past haunts Major Heatherstone Why does he live like a hermit at Cloomber Hall forbidding his children to venture beyond the estate grounds Why is he plagued by the sound of a

  • Title: The Mystery of Cloomber
  • Author: Arthur Conan Doyle Mike Ashley
  • ISBN: 9780486473574
  • Page: 178
  • Format: Paperback
  • What dark deed from the past haunts Major Heatherstone Why does he live like a hermit at Cloomber Hall, forbidding his children to venture beyond the estate grounds Why is he plagued by the sound of a tolling bell, and why does his paranoia rise to frantic levels each year on the fifth of October With the sudden appearance of three shipwrecked Buddhist monks, the answerWhat dark deed from the past haunts Major Heatherstone Why does he live like a hermit at Cloomber Hall, forbidding his children to venture beyond the estate grounds Why is he plagued by the sound of a tolling bell, and why does his paranoia rise to frantic levels each year on the fifth of October With the sudden appearance of three shipwrecked Buddhist monks, the answers to these questions follow close behind Arthur Conan Doyle s Gothic thriller unfolds in his native Scotland, in a remote coastal village surrounded by dreary moors The creator of Sherlock Holmes combines his skill at weaving tales of mystery with his deep fascination with spiritualism and the paranormal First published in 1889, the novel offers a cautionary view of British colonialism in the form of a captivating story of murder and revenge.

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    1. Cheryl

      Suspenseful supernatural mystery that does not feature Sherlock Holmes. Centers around a mysterious reclusive family that moves into a remote village. Their tale reaches from the shores of Ireland to the mountains of Afghanistan. Very gothic, and very enjoyable.

    2. John

      Apparently, this is Conan Doyle's "forgotten novel." I'm not exactly sure why, though Personally, I found it to be as good as some of his popular works. The mystery aspect is quite engaging, although the book itself suffers from being over-written and probably would have worked better as another short story featuring Holmes. It was interesting to see Doyle write phonetically in a Scottish brogue on occasion. For some reason, I'd thought that Irvine Welsh had pretty much pioneered that technique [...]

    3. dragonhelmuk

      Kindled for free. This is a peculiar and short mystery-adventure book by Arthur Conan-Doyle. Very strangely, despite having a perfectly good framework for writing adventure stories in his own Sherlock Holmes novels, this particular book follows the tradition of the moonstone (although not nearly so boring) with multiple narrators. It is also rather reminiscent of John Buchan and Fiona Macleod in some of the depictions of Scotland and Scots. For all that it is quite exciting, possibly because itâ [...]

    4. Sylvester

      1.5* After reading "The White Company" (which I loved), I was more than ready to see what other gems ACD had up his sleeve. This was a mystery (I use that word loosely) more in the Wilkie Collins vein - that is, more spooky and spiritualist than whodunnit (WC fans are now booing, I know). Doyle is a good writer, this was just not my style, and it failed to make me care. Every author has got to miss once in a while - for me, this was a miss.

    5. Jay Phillippi

      In his first novel, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle shows the storytelling skills that would make the Holmes stories the classics that they became. In a lonely corner of England, two families come together. One is pursued by enemies unknown to everyone else. A fateful shipwreck just off the coast will bring the long awaited fear to their doorstep.This book is far down the list of the "best known" works by ACD but it is well worth your time to read. The final chapter is mostly the author exploring his lif [...]

    6. Julia

      A well-told story, as are all of Sir Arthur's works, but this one lacked the humorous side, and had way too much serious occult influences for my taste. An old Major brings his family to the lonely wilds of Scotland to hide from a promised recompense for a 40 year old assault, and his two young adult children build close friendships with the neighbors. First published in 1888. I listened to this as a free download from LibriVox by a very talented reader.

    7. Binoj Mukundan

      Got it accidentally from the complete mystery classic collection Apart from Holmes series, I was aware of only the lost world from Conan Doyle. This is an entirely different genre. Though author misunderstood a lot between Hinduism and Buddhism, it's a nice read. All about the mystic yogis in India. A good vacation read

    8. Deb

      Enjoyed the story, but the narration of the LibriVox version I listened to was hard to understand in places. The narrator's use of different voices/dialects for the different characters was not well done. I wanted to know how the story turned out otherwise I might have stopped listening.

    9. M

      Solid pleasant read of good Conan Doyle style, without the rational limitations of the Sherlock character. Much like the Holmes novels, draws on themes of mysterious neighbors, isolated country houses, mysterious secrets from the war, and debts to be paid.

    10. Heikki Lahnaoja

      Tämä kirja ei ole dekkari, hädin tuskin jännärikään. Sen sijaan se kuuluu Conan Doylen kirjoihin, joissa hän käsitteli yliluonnollisia elementtejä. Viehättävintä oli yli sadan vuoden takainen suomennos.

    11. Cindy

      Plot’s ok - some romance and mystery didn’t like the end. Preachy about eastern religions. Best reading so far by Delmar H. Dolbierkudos!

    12. Janie Brown

      Good. Reading, A good book which I enjoyed reading. The system is flawed. I want out of this required review. I. Quit.

    13. Laura Verret

      Due to my father’s eccentric attachment to studying the languages and philosophic volumes of the far east, the family fortune has never amounted to much and had plummeted to an alarmingly meager pittance when my uncle invited our family to live on his Scottish estates and function there as his stewards while he toured the south of Italy. This tour, though extravagant to our way of thinking, was necessary to my uncle's state of health; his lungs, which had grown quite weak in his residency at B [...]

    14. Nadyne

      First sentence: "I John Fothergill West, student of Law in the University of St. Andrews, have endeavoured in the ensuing pages to lay my statement before the public in a concise and business-like fashion."P. 99: "My sister's white, anxious face stood out in the obscurity with a startling exactness of profile like one of Rembrandt's portraits."Last sentence: "Let him learn that if he will but cease to believe in the infallibility of his own methods, and will look to the East, from which all grea [...]

    15. Stacy

      I really enjoyed this book, though being one of Conan Doyle's earlier books it had a great deal of plot holes. Some of the plot holes - like unresolved mysteries or unidentified dramatic tension - took away from the plot, while some added an unintentional element of humor. For example, Conan Doyle created a group of what he termed Buddhist priests, had them hail from India, had one of the main characters refer to them interchangeably as Buddhists and "Hindoos," had them wear Islamic fez hats and [...]

    16. Julie Davis

      When General Heatherstone and his family move into Cloomber Hall, in the empty Scottish countryside, their only neighbors go to greet them. However, they are greeted with a large sign stating that the Heatherstones are not interested in company. The general has built a large wall around his home and seems in mortal fear of someone or something. John West (son of those friendly neighbors) is our narrator and he tells the story of befriending the General's son and daughter and gradually learning w [...]

    17. Will S

      This seemed to me to be a poor example of Conan Doyle's work and that it's deservedly forgotten. The plot is decidedly simplistic and predictable, and most of the characters are scarcely developed at all.For me, the most interesting feature of the book is the way in which ACD introduces ideas which he later used to much better effect in 'The Sign of Four' and 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'.By the way, (and it's not a criticism) I couldn't make any sense of the book's topography, with its mixtur [...]

    18. Aileen

      Not a Sherlock Holmes novel, but one of Conan Doyles dips into the supernatural. A nice atmospheric story that kept reminding me of The Moonstone. A general's family move into Cloomber, a suitably decrepit house on the remote Wigtownshire coast and proceed to shut themselves off from the small community. The general is becoming more haunted as 5th October approaches, something he has worried about for the past 40 years. Add some mysterious Orientals who turn up, and the suspense builds. A gentle [...]

    19. Matt

      effectively unsettling weird fiction. it was fairly clear from the start what had happened and where things were going, but Conan Doyle still managed to keep a sense of inevitability throughout. maybe that would have been less obvious to his initial audiencee chapter in comedy Scottish accent left me cold: it didn't work, and didn't make any sense in context. and i thought he flubbed the ending a bit, with too much heavy-handed, unnecessary exposition in the diary extract. the very last bit was [...]

    20. James Oinam

      I removed one star in my rating to indicate the absence of one important character. Instead of minute observations and logical deductions, the mystery revolve around Eastern (Indian) mysticism. Why a general who has fought unruly tribes in the Himalayas locked himself up, along with his family, in a desolated house on the moor, which he has now fortified? The story runs as retrospective narrative by various characters, to reveal the mystery in the end.

    21. Therese

      $0.0Doyle wrote more than Sherlock Holmes mysteries and was fascinated by the spirit world. This is one of those strange stories about karma that begins during the English war against the Buddhists in India and finishes 40 years later. I don't know why it says that this has 17 stories because what I read didn't.

    22. Dane Cobain

      Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is most well-known for his infamous Sherlock Holmes series, but with The Mystery of Cloomber he shows that his talents in the field extend well beyond his most famous protagonist. It’s a fascinating tale of murder and intrigue that spans four decades and two continents, set in his native Scotland. Definitely worth reading for both aficionados and new fans alike.

    23. Alwin

      A mysterious general back from India, an inexplicable bell and the strange appeareance of three mystical Buddhist monks. The general disappears. We wait with baited breath for the denouementy to discover there isn't one and this novel is pretty much a 150 page long rant about spiritualism - the end of the story is pretty much "weird shit happens. the end"

    24. Bettie☯

      gutenberg/ebooks/7964I John Fothergill West, student of law in the University of St. Andrews, have endeavoured in the ensuing pages to lay my statement before the public in a concise and business-like fashion.

    25. Beth

      So far its a good book but none of the reviews are taking about the language, one character is very hard to understand as everything he says is spelled exactly the way he says it and aren't actually words. This makes me think my Nook downloaded a different version.

    26. Angel Serrano

      La costa oeste de Escocia a finales del Siglo XIX. Las guerras coloniales británicas de Asia dejan secuelas del choque de civilizaciones. Un militar de alta graduación vive en continuo temor a una posible venganza de terroristas espirituales.

    27. Zen Walker

      Not as mysterious as I anticipated. The thrill wasn't there to know more when the three saints appeared onto the scene. For the fact that there is no. Mystery to be solved here, hence looses the curiosity.

    28. Sylvia Jensen

      EnjoyableI enjoyed the twists and turns. I've always like Sherlock Holmes but never read any other stories by Doyle. He is a great author at least in my opinion!

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