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The Poisoned Pen

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Arthur B. Reeve

Narrated By: Elliott Miller

Publisher: LibriVox

Date: January 2011

Duration: 10 hours 19 minutes


The many adventures of Professor Craig Kennedy were chronicled by Arthur B. Reeve (October 15, 1880 - August 9, 1936). Reeve was an American mystery writer who created 82 Craig Kennedy mystery stories. The stories have a very Sherlock Holmes type feel, In fact Kennedy has been referred to as the "American Sherlock Holmes". Along with his reporter friend, Walter Jameson, Kennedy solves many crimes and unveils mysteries using science.

This book contains twelve of Professor Kennedy's adventures. The interesting thing about these stories is Kennedy uses newly discovered science from his time period, which we take for granted today. 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 features a fascinating look at life in the early 20th century, and even includes some action along the way. (Introduction by Elliott Miller)


  • Khatchig T.

    I like this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Couldn‘t finish it.. actually couldn‘t even get through one if the stories, so I skipped the second half of the first. But then couldn‘t finish the second either. Not well written, it confuses you with too many characters. The narrator wasn‘t able to keep the characters apart by changing his voice. I do not recommend this book!

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