The Agony Column The Agony Column is a classic mystery novel by the creator of Charlie Chan

  • Title: The Agony Column
  • Author: Earl Derr Biggers
  • ISBN: 9781587153013
  • Page: 268
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Agony Column is a classic mystery novel by the creator of Charlie Chan.

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    1. Earl Derr Biggers says:

      Earl Derr Biggers was born in Warren, Ohio on August 24, 1884 Years later, while attending Harvard University, Biggers showed little passion for the classics, preferring instead writers such as Rudyard Kipling and Richard Harding Davis Following his graduation from Harvard in 1907, he worked briefly for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and at Bobbs Merrill publishers By 1908, Biggers was hired at the Boston Traveler to write a daily humor column Soon, however, he became that paper s drama critic It was at this time that he met Elanor Ladd, who would later become his wife and who would have a marked influence in his writing.

    2 thoughts on “The Agony Column

    1. The Agony Column is a perfect brew of mystery and romance of the very old-fashioned variety. Perhaps no one other than M.M. Kaye blended these two elements as well as Earl Derr Biggers. Forever remembered for his creation of Charlie Chan, the great detective from Hawaii, many of Biggers' other novels and novellas are just as enjoyable. Such is the case here, in this short but satisfying story.Written in 1916, the Great War very much plays a part in this tale of love, murder and spies. When a you [...]

    2. A few months ago, inspired by a book blogger’s challenge for reading the century, I begun on a project of my own aiming to read a mystery/crime novel published in each of the years of the twentieth century. I decided that I was to read the novels in chronological order and that I would not read the same author twice for the purposes of the project. I soon settled into a pattern of one ‘century of crime’ book a month and already I love the element of ‘pot luck’ that comes with choosing [...]

    3. 4.50 stars - rated pg13Do all "vintage" authors have this lovely, soft, flowing, descriptive writing style?? I love it! I read most of it out loud -- it was just that fun to read. This is a short (70 pages?) old-school tale of intrigue, romance and mystery. Our story takes place just as World War I is starting to brew. A shy young American man is in London on a long business trip. Every morning at breakfast in the hotel dining room he reads two newspapers -- one for the actual news and one for t [...]

    4. I am without words to describe how much I enjoyed this work of artful mystery. To the very end it held my attention and I wasn't disappointed as I am so many times with modern day authors. Maybe an old school mystery that new school authors should take notice of. Lots of intrigue and romance without explicit sex, much to my liking. I have always been a huge fan of Biggers' Charlie Chan movies, just sorry I never read any of his books. You can be sure I won't forget him and am going after more of [...]

    5. It's hard to describe how much I was charmed and fascinated by this short novel.This is the first time I've read anything by Biggers except perhaps a short story or two in the old EQMM anthologies I used to devour. There's a very good reason. Decades ago I watched maybe three or four of the Charlie Chan movies, based on Biggers's characters, and took a fair scunner against them. I'm not sure I was right in my perception of them as patronizingly racist and all-round crass; I suppose I really ough [...]

    6. It took me quite a while to start this book. It appeared to be an old fashioned, slow, artsy type of book which always is difficult for my hyperactive brain to grasp. But whoa!!!!! When I started, it was a gem of a book that I recommend everyone to read. In this age of Facebook, Twitter, the Personals online, the classified section of the local paper is a romantic way to meet your one true love. Geoffrey West has a routine. He picks the paper and walks to a nearby hotel to enjoy his breakfast wh [...]

    7. Difficult book to rate. Highly entertaining, but also very frustrating, especially for modern audiences.The framing device for this story is cute, and it really keeps you guessing as to whether the narrator is actually on the level. It's excellently written and briskly paced, and, at just over a hundred pages, it's smart enough not to overstay its welcome.But the book lacks tension, because we never know until the end just how much of it was really supposed to have happened. The narrator's goal [...]

    8. In England "The Agony Column" was the name of the personal advertisements in newspapers. The story begins in a rather light-hearted way with an American visiting London and being quite taken by an American girl he sees breakfasting with her father at a London Hotel. Since arriving in London he has been fascinated by The Agony Column. He has seen numerous ads placed by persons who saw someone that interested them in passing and requested a meeting. Wondering what he has to loss, he places an ad t [...]

    9. I'm smiling even as I write this review of an unconventional mystery story. I don't want to give away the plot so I'll just say it's very charming and everyone who likes a touch of mystery and romance in their lives should enjoy it unspoilt.

    10. According to , this book was also published as Second Floor Mystery in 1916.Free download at Gutenberg Project

    11. I decided to read this one as Earl Derr Biggers is from my home town. This book is NOT Charlie Chan! This is one of his earlier works. I'm not sure I liked all that much. Short review because of that.

    12. The Daily Mail is gross and pervily misogynistic, from what I understand, and it was just as wretchedly scandalous in the hot summer weeks leading up to World War I in Earl Derr Biggers' The Agony Column, but instead of nip slips, the Daily Mail had a Missed Connections (or "agony column" in British): "I saw you, in white with a scarlet ribbon, alight from the omnibus at Piccadilly and glance playfully at me. Write if your heart went out to this gentleman in a pince-nez," and you could pay five [...]

    13. Geoffrey West is an American in London. Dining one morning on a plate of fresh strawberries, and taking in the personal ads in the newspaper (aptly nicknamed "The Agony Column"), he spots an American tourist girl with her father, a Congressman from Texas. He notes that she too is reading the Agony Column. Later that day he has an idea to place an ad to catch her attention, and vows to send her a letter each day for a week to win her heart. Each letter becomes more interesting than the previous b [...]

    14. This is a cross between a love story and a mystery. A young American playwriter, Geoffrey West, is in London just before WWII breaks out. He is eating breakfast in his usual hotel, when the girl of his dreams, Marian, comes in with her father (they are American also)and sits at the next table. He notices she is reading the personals (The Agony Column) in the newspaper, so he submits a message to her asking to meet her. She responds that he has to write her a letter every day for seven days and t [...]

    15. Maybe I'll try to read The Agony Column again when I have more time. I admit to going through it very quickly. It starts off so well and is intriguing at first, but after a while the narrator is a bit too much. Of course, it might have been my mood. The thought of there being "agony columns" (a personals section where one person tries to track down someone they saw briefly in public, but can't forget) in the Times long before Craig's List and Missed Connections came along pulled me into this. In [...]

    16. I received this book today in the mail, and sat down to see what it was all about. Wow! Aug 1914 London - which I expected since I received from a Maudie, but I kept thinking of Betsy in London in August 1914 and reading the Agony Column. My copy, soon to be on its way to Ann Wallace, was published in 1916. I wonder if Maud got her idea of using it in BATGW from it, or did she all ready know about the AC on her own?Another mystery ;-}

    17. What a fun and different type of story. This is like a play — a story told in letters that begin with an item in a London newspaper agony column — from a man who sort of meets a young woman while dining in a hotel restaurant. Is the story he weaves in the seven letters true, what will happen? This was so good, I only put it down once!

    18. A novel based on the contents of an agony column in an old English newspaper. Not fair as a modern detective story, but I liked it nonetheless, and brief enough that you can forgive it for breaking the rules, since your commitment to it is low. Has a romantic frame story which works well, I feel.Originally reviewed on book coasters

    19. Mystery and RomanceMystery and RomanceThis is a wonderful story by Earl Derr Biggers! It left me eager to read to the end. If you're into mystery, suspense and romance this book will intrigue you and entice you to finish it quickly in order to find out if the young lady chooses to accept the young man.

    20. Very quick and easy read, nice little mystery. I do not like epistolary novels in general, but in this case, the format is necessary to the story (although it also makes it pretty obvious what's going on.) Even though the framing device is transparent, it's still an enjoyable book.

    21. This is actually a short story rather than a novel. What a clever, amusing story. A quite surprising ending.

    22. MelodramaWorth the read, even though the prose is deep purple. Romance just before World War 1 opens in Europe. Finis

    23. Interesting novel from one of the early masters of the genre. Lots of surprises for mystery fans.Available free in eBook or Audiobook:LibrivoxGutenberg

    24. Beautiful. What a superb way to woo the girl and I loved how she threw him the challenge and he lived up to it :D

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