The suburb of Saffron Park lay on the sunset side of London, as red and ragged as a cloud of sunset. It was built of a bright brick throughout; its sky-line was fantastic, and even its ground plan was wild. It had been the outburst of a speculative builder, faintly tinged with art, who called its architecture sometimes Elizabethan and sometimes Queen Anne, apparently under the impression that the two sovereigns were identical. It was described with some justice as an artistic colony, though it never in any definable way produced any art. But although its pretensions to be an intellectual centre were a little vague, its pretensions to be a pleasant place were quite indisputable.
We recently kicked off Mystery Summer at the Mid-Manhattan Library! Visit bit.ly/mysterysummer to see our full schedule of Film Noir screenings, online book discussions, and more. Throughout the summer, we also be highlighting free mystery-themed ebooks.
Our first selection is G.K.Chesterton’s The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare, available as a free download for the Kindle, Nook, and Sony E-reader.
This 1907 novel reveals an Edwardian era London teeming with anarchists, undercover detectives, and the philosophical musings common to the author’s more well-known Father Brown mysteries.
We will also be discussing it online as part of our Readers Den book discussion this July!