The Four Pools Mystery
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Jean Webster (1876-1916) was born into a liberal New York family who prided themselves on their outspoken participation in many political and social causes. Webster grew up in an atmosphere of writing and publishing; her mother was related to author Mark Twain, and her father was a successful publisher for many years. Webster attended boarding school, followed by university at Vassar College in New York, where she studied literature and economics, and volunteered in needy neighborhoods around the city. In 1903, Webster published her first novel, When Patty Went to College, which was based on her own experiences at a women’s college. The novel was embraced by readers and critics, and Webster went on to write short stories and novels, among them Jerry Junior, Much Ado About Peter, Just Patty, and The Four Pools Mystery. Webster’s most famous work, Daddy Long-Legs, was published in 1911. Daddy Long-Legs became so popular that Webster adapted it for the stage, and the play was performed in cities across the United States. After marrying her longtime love, Glenn Ford McKinney, Webster tragically died just after giving birth to a daughter in 1916. Her writing, sometimes controversial in nature, stands out as a testament to the mind and imagination of early twentieth-century America.Back to top
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It was through the Patterson-Pratt forgery case that I first made the acquaintance of Terry Patten, and at the time I should have been more than willing to forego the pleasure.
Our firm rarely dealt with criminal cases, but the Patterson family were long standing clients, and they naturally turned ...
Reviewed by jdanehey on Oct 8, 2012
Be aware that this book is partially set in Virginia and includes some cringe-inducing portrayals of African-Americans, including characters using the 'n' word. Several of the black characters are shown as superstitious, stupid and immoral. It's a calvacade of outdated racial stereotypes. So if that bothers you, better to skip this one.
Reviewed by RepInd1i on Nov 8, 2010
The Four Pools Mystery
Engaging! I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Reviewed by cuiblemorgan on Feb 4, 2010
A mystery involving "haints" and suspicious characters, set in the south (Virginia?) during Victorian times. A different genre from the four other Webster books I've read in which humor was the main ingredient. Daddy Long Legs remains my favorite.
Reviewed by emiletic on Mar 31, 2009
I understand the idea of a mystery having many red herrings, but really this book was so disappointing in that it ended up seeming to be intended as a morality lesson rather than a whodunit.
Reviewed by fuzzyfoggy on Jul 26, 2008
Four Pools Mystery
This is a wonderful, engaging mystery that leads you to one guess after another. Definitly a must read for mystery lovers.
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