The Agony Column

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(4.7 stars; 100 reviews)

English romantic adventure starring a young American in London and inspired by the personal ads (agony columns) in the London papers. In this treacherous tale of murder and intrigue young American Geoffrey West tracks a killer from the posh dining room of the Carlton Hotel to the opium dens of London's Limehouse district in search of the truth and the heart of his true love only to find the culprit all too close to home.

Earl Derr Biggers is better known as the author of numerous Charlie Chan novels,

The Agony Column was released as a movie under the name Second Floor Mystery in 1930. While this movie was in production, its two stars, Loretta Young and Grant Withers, eloped. (Summary by peac) (2 hr 30 min)


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A thoroughly enjoyable little mystery.

(5 stars)

An American playwright in England is captivated by a young woman at first sight. She howerver requires just a bit more. She grants him the task ( through the Agony Column) of writing seven times to make a his case based on her love of mystery and romance. All to the emminent begining of the war, 1914. I actually enjoyed this more than His Charlie Chan

Neat story

(5 stars)

This is such a neat story with a totally unique and unexpected ending. Reading is also well-done.

great mystery

(5 stars)

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I never imagined that it would end the way that it did


(5 stars)

it was a rare thing for me to want to watch a movie or read a book more than once. once I've read the book I know how it is and even though I may have enjoyed it greatly I have no desire to go back and read it again. the agony column is a rare exception in my life. it's a little book that keeps you drawn in from the very first page. it's short, sweet, humorous, and absolutely wonderful. I'm sure others have given a synopsis of the book so I'll spare you mine, but if you should decide to read it you shall not be disappointed. and the reader did an excellent job.

I fell for the red herrings . . .

(5 stars)

I honestly thought that it was a low-grade spy story, whose ending I saw coming a third of the way through. So I was most pleasantly surprised by how it actually turned out. And I would most definitely give the writer of those letters a chance in person! Reader is very good.

Unexpectedly good mystery and romance story!

(4 stars)

I randomly picked this book on LibriVox from the mystery genre, and I'm glad I did. It was a very engaging, well-written, and engrossing story that kept me interested the whole time. And the narrator did a great job!

What a surprise ending!

(5 stars)

It was a clever mystery that kept me guessing almost to the end. An outrageous and original plot. I can’t say more without possibly a spoiler appearing. Highly recommended. The reader did an excellent job. Thank you.

Twisty Mystery

(5 stars)

this is not a romance so much as a mystery. I enjoyed it much more than I expected to. the denouement really took me by surprise