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The Strange Affair of October 24th, 1859: When a flurry of forgeries appear in museums and among collectors, the members of the Agora, a society dedicated to the betterment of man, take it upon themselves to stop the rogues. But among the members, there is a traitor. Among the forgers, there is a murderer. As friends betray their own and souls are sentenced to death, suspiThe Strange Affair of October 24th, 1859: When a flurry of forgeries appear in museums and among collectors, the members of the Agora, a society dedicated to the betterment of man, take it upon themselves to stop the rogues. But among the members, there is a traitor. Among the forgers, there is a murderer. As friends betray their own and souls are sentenced to death, suspicions and tensions mount. Only one man, Carl Brooke, has the knowledge and expertise to stop the murderer. But will he succeed? Or will the night of October 24th, 1859 forever remain an unresolved mystery? -- If you like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes books or stories set in the 19th century and with a touch of mystery, you will love Two Tocks before Midnight. This is the first in the Agora mystery series. Carl Brooke and the Agora society’s crime-solving escapades continue with additional stories. If you would like to read them all, please search for "The Agora Letters" for five stories for the price of three....

Title : Two Tocks before Midnight
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ISBN : 20499468
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Number of Pages : 52 Pages
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Two Tocks before Midnight Reviews

  • Bonnye Reed
    2019-03-23 23:48

    GAB Two Tocks Before Midnight is an interesting short story, fast of pace, and in the style of Sherlock. complete in and of itself, Tocks is a teaser for a collection of short tales by author Clay Boutwell involving the Agora Society, a collection of about a dozen gentlemen "dedicated to foster ideas for the betterment of man" similar to Ben Franklin's Junto Society. The Handkerchief, A short story, is a change of pace completely modern short about a man meeting his wife at a big airport. Fearing his wife is coming home to pack up and leave him, he tries to distract himself by people watching, and finds fascinating the parting of a soldier and his girl, and a lipstick and tear-stained army issue handkerchief that awakens in him the desire to save his relationship with his wife. I received a free electronic copy of these short stories from Clay Boutwell in exchange for an honest review. Thank you sir for sharing your hard work with me.

  • Phil Gould
    2019-03-11 23:49

    Interesting enough for a novella, but I prefer longer books with more character and plot development. Still, I will probably read the rest of the books in this series since they're available for free through Kindle Unlimited.p.s. Turns out the rest of the series is not free through Kindle Unlimited like the author says at the conclusion of this book. I can't see spending $1.50 for such a quick read.

  • Tony Parsons
    2019-03-08 01:41

    2 Tocks Before Midnight.10/24/1859, Boston, MA. The Agora society meets on a regular scheduled basis. Some of the 12 members are: Joseph (bastard child, Charles’ 1/2 brother), Carl (narrator, Near Eastern languages), Dr. Christopher Harding (expert in papyrus, cuneiform, antiquity writing methods), Mr. Thomas Phillips (ancient weaponry skills, expert marksman), Mr. Charles Tock (speaks 13 languages, read 5 more, biblical language scholar). The group also established a Freeman’s society which got 136 negroes released from their binds. The financing of the repairs to the dam in Clarkesville was also a top priority. Captain Barnwell informed the group Joseph was dead.Why did Thomas suddenly disappear? I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review, only an honest one. All thoughts & opinions are entirely my own.A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written Mystery (short story) book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great Mystery movie, or better yet a mini TV series. A very easy rating of 5 stars. Thank you for the free Kotoba Books; Author; PDF book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

  • Rosemary Kenny
    2019-03-12 20:56

    This pseudo-Holmes-type tale, is written in the Victorian melodrama style. Its narrator is Carl Brookes and he writes (as in a 1889 diary), with 'hindsight' of a quaint gentleman's club, whose members are the Rotarian-like benefactors and intellectuals, known as the Agora.Two of the [twelve in total], members of the club are Charles Tock and Thomas Philips. They later turn out to be unscrupulous fraudsters and together with the former's half-brother Joseph, try to inveigle Carl and the others into authenticating antique parchments, with supposedly 'Biblical-era' texts on them. Later Tock is murdered at the club and the other club members are threatened that two more of them will die...before midnight!Can Carl and Captain Barwell thwart and unmask the villain(s) and save everyone inside the Agora Society Room - you'll have to read this quirky, (free) book by multi-talented author Clay Boutwell to discover!Also includes a tiny gem of a short story, called The Handkerchief - a mischievous little bonus - at the end!

  • L. Deasy
    2019-03-01 21:39

    Fascinating & Well-Developed Story Mr. Boutwell has crafted a strong telling in the manner of the late Sir Arthur Conan Doyle with the Sherlock Holmes novels. The Agora Society is a group of men who are well educated in various ways which complement each other. One man speaks & writes several languages; another is conversant in antiquities & the manner of forgeries. Others are just as important for their own unique abilities. I'm intrigued enough to want to read the rest of the novels of the Agora Society. I received this short story free from the author. My review is made voluntarily & honestly. I highly recommend this story. It's written in a clear, concise manner & is appropriate for young teens & older people. It's very precise in the telling and wouldn't offend anyone. There is a murder, but the details are not gory. The story focuses on the analytic mind of the main character.

  • Jolyn
    2019-03-08 22:32

    Satisfying who-dun it storyThis was a short read but it was very satisfying to meet the key characters of the Agora Society and watch the mystery unfold regarding this counterfiet document. The epilogue at the end after the bad guy was revealed was intriguing as well. It included a letter explaining why he committed the crimes.Not sure if it made me more or less sympathetic towards the bad guy but it was interesting.I look forward to reading more Agora mysteries.Sex - noneLanguage - no foul language, closest thing to cursing was "What the devil"Violence - three people are killed but I don't think there is a drop of bloodReligion - none

  • Janice
    2019-03-08 21:39

    started this bck in Oct '17 but was reading other books so I left it until 2/28/2018,but if I had known what a sort book it was I would have squeezed it in. Interesting but very short story. About a group of men who did forgeries and their ability to get away with it. When one turns up dead and the 2nd is injured, where is the 3rd man? Did he do it or was there more trickery involved? I kind of wish this would have been a longer story,so you could get to know the characters better.I was able to read in about a half hour.

  • Cyn
    2019-03-21 19:56

    Note: I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.I don't normally go for short stories - I prefer full length novels. But this one was decently done. And sometimes I think authors could take a hint from short story writers; their ability to tell a significant amount of story in just a few words is a good talent to have, imo. Especially for writers who tend to be a bit too ... er ... wordy *cough* George R.R. Martin *cough*.

  • Jan
    2019-03-22 23:33

    Excellent! Forgery, a secret society, murder, and a well documented cerebral investigation. And all in a length and style similar to Conan Doyle, what more could you ask for? Very well crafted and written for the enjoyment of those of us who always hope to find someone new yet similar. Wayne Farrell is marvelous as Carl.I requested and received a free review copy from the publisher, author, or narrator courtesy of AudioBookBOOM

  • TE
    2019-02-28 01:53

    Two Tocks Before Midnight is a short story set in the mid 1800's and is the first of the Agora Mystery series. It's similar to a Sherlock Holmes story. I'm not usually fond of short stories but this was pretty good. It's very well written and perfect for a quick lunch time or bed time read. For those who want to know: This is a clean read with a bit of non-graphic violence.

  • Belinda
    2019-02-25 23:52

    Clear And Concuse This is an interesting and intriguing mystery. Clay Boutwell writes in beautiful, clear and concise prose,developing the characters with a few pen strokes. Best yet it doesn't rely on profanity.

  • Marura
    2019-03-09 22:40

    Feel like the synopsis of SherlockReads very much like Sherlock but too damn short!! No sooner had it began than it ended. The story felt rushed. More of a composition. Mayhaps my expectations were set before I knew what was in store

  • Matthew McLean
    2019-03-13 20:50

    A solid introductory tale done in the style of Sir Author Conan Doyle or early Poe. The tone of the story is fitting for a gentleman detective.

  • Karen
    2019-03-14 23:54

    LOVE, love, love! Absolutely nailed the Sherlockness. The story flew by!

  • Emmy
    2019-03-16 22:41

    A historical mystery with a cast of noble characters. Except pieces of the puzzle aren't provided to the reader to try to figure it out. Excellent grammar and vocabulary use to envelop the era.

  • Bonnie Keck
    2019-03-10 00:51

    Kindle Unlimited now. This book put me in mind of a mix of Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, and Hercule Poirot, even to the start of the story line.. The Strange Affair of October 24th, 1859. The 'usual' forgeries, betrayal, traitors, forgers, murderers. {At the end of the 9,500 word novella there is a 500 word short story: The Handkerchief.} As a 'fan' of these type stories, I really liked this one for sure.The Agora Mystery Series - 1 Two Tocks before Midnight - 2 The Penitent Thief - 3 The Peace Party Massacre Available as 3 pack set/4 set I THINK The Curse of the Mad Sheik (The Agora Mystery Series Book 4) coming soonish The Captain's Play #5for some reason book 2 is not available for review on goodreads

  • TarHeelGirl00
    2019-03-19 21:37

    This well-written novella was short, but enough to encourage me to read more by this author. I think the characters in this story would lend themselves well to a full length novel.I especially like "The Handkerchief," which is an additional short story added at the end. What a nice, awesome bonus! It was a quick little read, but almost brought me to tears!

  • Regina
    2019-02-26 17:50

    ** Review of Audio Format **HolmesianI really enjoyed this short listen! I wish it had been longer. It reminded me of a Sherlock Holmes story. The style of writing, the subtle clues put together, the hidden relationships brought to light throughout the story, all reminded me of Holmes.An ancient scroll is discovered and brought to the Agora Society to determine its authenticity. The members soon designate it a forgery. Then more scrolls start to appear. The Agora Society is so disturbed by these forgeries, they take out an ad to warn people about them. Shortly after, one of their members is found murdered, the clues start adding up. The only problem is, they need to find the murderer before two tocks before midnight.The narration by Wayne Farrell was fantastic. His accent and delivery was absolutely perfect for the material and probably a large part of why I found it such a fun listen. I will look for other books narrated by Farrell.I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.

  • Norma
    2019-03-12 19:51

    ( Format : Audiobook)""Closer than family""A delightful, if short, mystery recounted as if taken from one strange happening in the history of the Agora Society, and with a style similar to that of Dr.Watson in the Sherlock Holmes stories. One of the members of the Agora goes missing for a six month period, then returns unexpectedly with a companion and an ancient artifact. It is this that launches the unpleasant and murderous circumstances recorded.Beautifully written in the first person and read with clarity and character by Wayne Farrell, this is the perfect book to gently exercise the mind whilst filling an empty hour. My thanks to the rights holder for gifting me a copy of Two Tocks before Midnight, via Audiobook Boom. It was a pleasure to hear and I hope that more such tales will follow.

  • Mark
    2019-03-08 00:43

    Well told story of historical/detective fiction. This is the first in a series and I'm awaiting the next. Would recommend.