Something a bit different this morning for Mystery Monday: a Christmas short story taking place in the early 1900s in England with three totally different wise men. Written by Wm. J. Locke (1863 – 1930), this is a delightful tale so totally appropriate for this season and full of surprises.
The story begins outside a bookstall at Paddington Station, as three rather grumpy curmudgeons meet up to discover they have all been invited to the same place for Christmas, a place called Foulis Castle owned by the Deverills, a couple each of the three knows only slightly, if at all, in what Sir Angus McCurdie describes as a “God-forsaken place in Cornwall”.
The three are eminent in their respective fields, a physicist already mentioned, a professor named Biggleswade, an authority on Assyriology, and the Rt. Hon. Viscount Doyne, an Empire Builder and Administrator. The three are doing their best to avoid their homes and relatives on Christmas Day. In short, they are each the incarnation of Scrooge. But fate intervenes in their plans and changes their lives.
This is a very quick read. I have never read anything by Locke before but will certainly be looking for more in due time. This is not a murder mystery, for a change, but a work that shows how God works in mysterious ways His purposes to fulfill. A thoroughly delightful story. * * * *
It’s very easy to participate in my Mystery Monday meme. Just post a review of your latest mystery read on your own site, and then a comment on my post with a link to yours. Drag or copy my meme logo and add it to your post along with these few rules. Simplicity itself! I look forward to learning about more great mysteries to add to my ever-growing list of To Be Read.