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A classic of detective fiction’s golden age, featuring a mysterious murder, a wrongful accusation, and an intrepid man determined to find the truth

Young Viner is a gentleman through and through. Born into means that blessed him with a life of leisure, one night his tranquil evening walk is nevertheless upset when he stumbles upon a corpse in Markendale Square. The police believe the murderer is an old friend of Viner’s, a man recently down on his luck, who was caught attempting to sell some of the victim’s belongings. But Viner is certain they have the wrong man. With the help of his plucky and clever aunt Bethia Penkridge, a mystery-novel aficionado with a mind for solving puzzles, Viner will stop at nothing to clear his friend’s good name and find the true murderer before it’s too late.
 
Considered a grandfather of the modern detective story, J. S. Fletcher wrote more than two hundred books in his storied career, and The Middle of Things is one of his most acclaimed works.
 
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