The Lodger was the basis for Alfred Hitchcock's first thriller, and a remarkable film it is. But the story Hitchcock tells -- of young love and mistaken identity (and is that a mistake, or malicious accusation by a rival. . . ?) -- is very different from Lowndes's tale, a story of an elderly... read more
While this book is old, first published in 1913, believe; it never reads that way. The style and tempo are very modern, although some of the vocabulary is not. This makes in read like a well-done modern-day period piece. The suspense continues until the very end, and is a must-read for any... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
While this book is old, first published in 1913, believe; it never reads that way. The style and tempo are very modern, although some of the vocabulary is not. This makes in read like a well-done modern-day period piece. The suspense continues until the very end, and is a must-read for any mystery, or even horror, lover.
A very proper, semi-retired, married couple that have worked all their lives being in domestic service to the rich of England are now down to their last shilling. Times have been very tough. "Tobacco, the last thing the sober man foregos among his comforts, had been given up some time ago by Bunting. And even Mrs. Bunting--prim, prudent, careful woman as she was in her way--had realized what this must mean to him."
They are forced to put out a sign looking for a lodger--to let a room. At the end of their line, the Buntings receive a curious gentleman at their front door late one evening. A "Mr. Sleuth" is very pleased to become the Buntings' new boarder. And the Buntings couldn't ask for a more perfect lodger: he pays his rent in advance, has a taste for very simple fare, desires very little in the way of being attended to.... yet, Mr. Sleuth's odd and even creepy habits make his landlady's (and the reader's!) skin crawl at times.
But Mrs. Bunting reminds herself, "those that are well bred are usually very eccentric in their ways. And it is more than likely just Mr. Bunting rattling on and on about the Avenger murders that has got her on edge so lately! Her mind is just working overtime... dear, poor Mr. Sleuth couldn't really be involved in such!" Or could he???
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