This is my review of the book The Poisoned Pen by Arthur B Reeve, which I listened to recently as a librivox recording. The book is a series of twelve short stories involving Professor Craig Kennedy and how he uses the latest science of the day to solve them. The fact that the stories are around 100 years old makes them very interesting. In some cases the science has now been developed and become an everyday normality, in other cases it has not progressed and faded into obscurity. The title story features the use of special inks. One which disappears in sunlight and one which appears in sunlight, so that the text on a note found in possession of a murder victim changes completely, making it almost impossible for Kennedy to track down the killer.
Each story is like an early Twentieth Century version of CSI. They make really good listening to when driving around as engaging but also not too long before a result is had. Just right for playing the game guess the killer.. I think I must also mention the reader Elliot Miller, who manages to bring the characters to life so well with the different voices he uses.
I will record this as book 38 week 31 fiction 35 (audio books 6) non fiction 3
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