The Headless Lady

[Epub] ↠ The Headless Lady Author Clayton Rawson – Johndore.co.uk
  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • The Headless Lady
  • Clayton Rawson
  • English
  • 01 February 2018
  • 0930330609

About the Author: Clayton Rawson

Aka Stuart Towne.Clayton Rawson 1906 1971 was an American mystery writer, editor, and amateur magician His four novels frequently invoke his great knowledge of stage magic and feature as their fictional detective The Great Merlini, a professional magician who runs a shop selling magic supplies He also wrote four short stories in 1940 about a stage magician named Don Diavolo, who appears as a principal character in one of the novels featuring The Great Merlini Don Diavolo is a magician who perfects his tricks in a Greenwich Village basement where he is frequently visited by the harried Inspector Church of Homicide, either to arrest the Don for an impossible crime or to ask him to solve it.


The Headless LadyWhen Major Hannum, The Owner Of The Circus, Is Killed In A Suspicious Car Accident, Merlini The Magician Decides To Investigate

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10 thoughts on “The Headless Lady

  1. Bruce says:

    This is a pulp type mystery, with very little attention given to characterization, but full of action, plot twists and snappy dialogue It s interesting to contrast it with, say, an Agatha Christie Sustaining the forward motion of a plot for a whole novel is a feat seldom achieved there are inevitable lulls for exposition and transitions Christie fills them with interesting character development which when she s at her best dovetails with the mystery plot The pulp mystery doesn t have that This is a pulp type mystery, with very little attention given to characterization, but full of action, plot twists and snappy dialogue It s interesting to contrast it with, say, an Agatha Christie Sustaining the forward motion of a plot for a whole novel is a feat seldom achieved there are inevitable lulls for exposition and transitions Christie fills them with interesting character development which when she s at her best dovetails with the mystery plot The pulp mystery doesn t have that option, and so the lulls are dull unless the author can come up with something else of interest Clayton Rawson does fairly well with asides on the art of prestidigitation and the various argots of circus workers and criminals which he does manage to make relevant to the action.The one exception to the low level of characterization is the great Merlini, a superb detective awe inspiring in his feats of ratiocination and magic, and personable and witty to boot The sequence where he and his sidekick are arrested for the murder and must figure out a way to escape is a very exciting high point

  2. Glen says:

    I m always a sucker for the magician detective subgenre.A woman takes a Headless Lady display from Merlini s magic shop In order to track her down, Merlini and the narrator join a circus, and get involved in a murder plot.A very good mystery with lots of atmosphere.

  3. Lisa Kucharski says:

    Achaotic story line that the previous stories, also this one involves the circus world and the argot can get a bit confusing and add some density to the story that doesn t help all the time The murderer was an interesting one and one that I didn t figure out so easily, it was a great set up for a murder mystery just feel that it was overcrowded with the slang of the world, and their explanations, then the jumping about from place to place and trying to track people.One character Stuart Achaotic story line that the previous stories, also this one involves the circus world and the argot can get a bit confusing and add some density to the story that doesn t help all the time The murderer was an interesting one and one that I didn t figure out so easily, it was a great set up for a murder mystery just feel that it was overcrowded with the slang of the world, and their explanations, then the jumping about from place to place and trying to track people.One character Stuart Towne was in this story, won t give away his secret but the fun thing is that this is the name that Clayton Rawson wrote a series of short mysteries under So, we are briefly introduced to his alias in this mystery If you had to skip one of these stories, you could pick this one However, if you are really interested in circus stuff then you should read it

  4. Dennis Miller says:

    I love magicians and circuses and like to get behind the scenes to see what life is really like behind the magic and the makeup The Headless Lady did that but in stilted kind of way While the author uses circus and magic terms, he also feels compelled to translate them, either through character dialogue or explanations in parentheses I had the feeling throughout the book that author Clayton Rawson was just too self conscious about being a proper author The novel is also dated in its stereo I love magicians and circuses and like to get behind the scenes to see what life is really like behind the magic and the makeup The Headless Lady did that but in stilted kind of way While the author uses circus and magic terms, he also feels compelled to translate them, either through character dialogue or explanations in parentheses I had the feeling throughout the book that author Clayton Rawson was just too self conscious about being a proper author The novel is also dated in its stereotype view of women and racist view of blacks who are referred to as bucks

  5. Susan says:

    The Great Merlini is on the hunt, after a mysterious woman breaks into his magic shop and steals the Headless Lady apparatus He soon tracks her to the Hannum Brothers Circus, only to learn that the owner is newly dead in an unexplained auto accident Merlini joins his many circus friends to investigate, despite the dangers of an unknown murderer and the rural cops, many of them on the take, and some of whom suspicious of him Another great story from Rawson.