The Riddle of the Purple Emperor


Read by Ruth Golding

(4.3 stars; 91 reviews)


Orphan Lady Margaret Cheyne returns home on her eighteenth birthday to live with her embittered maiden aunt and to take up her inheritance of the family jewels. The Cheyne jewels include a pendant featuring the Purple Emperor, a priceless jewel looted from a temple during the Indian Mutiny.

During her time at school in Paris, Lady Margaret has met and fallen in love with Sir Edgar Brenton, the son of an old flame of her aunt and a neighbour in the village of Hampton, where Cleek's adored Ailsa Lorne has also taken up residence.

Lady Margaret's return leads to a mysterious and sinister chain of events, which Cleek and Superintendent Maverick Narkom of Scotland Yard attempt to unravel, with, of course, the help of the irrepressible and ever-hungry Dollops, Cleek's cockney sidekick.

This full-length mystery is a welcome return for Hamilton Cleek, whom we first met in Cleek: The Man of the Forty Faces. (Summary by Ruth Golding)

(8 hr 18 min)

Chapters

01 - Chapter I Which Introduces a New Friend 22:58 Read by Ruth Golding
02 - Chapter II The Home-Coming 18:15 Read by Ruth Golding
03 - Chapter III In the Dark 16:08 Read by Ruth Golding
04 - Chapter IV The House of Shadows 20:27 Read by Ruth Golding
05 - Chapter V The Threads of Chance 18:02 Read by Ruth Golding
06 - Chapter VI The Cry in the Night 24:39 Read by Ruth Golding
07 - Chapter VII In the Tiger's Clutches 19:12 Read by Ruth Golding
08 - Chapter VIII Complications and Complexities 16:53 Read by Ruth Golding
09 - Chapter IX The House with the Shuttered Windows 17:10 Read by Ruth Golding
10 - Chapter X A Shot in the Dark 14:17 Read by Ruth Golding
11 - Chapter XI A Terrible Discovery 16:24 Read by Ruth Golding
12 - Chapter XII The Woman in the Case 18:36 Read by Ruth Golding
13 - Chapter XIII Tightening the Strands 26:38 Read by Ruth Golding
14 - Chapter XIV The Plot Thickens 25:34 Read by Ruth Golding
15 - Chapter XV Tangled Threads 16:05 Read by Ruth Golding
16 - Chapter XVI In the Doctor's Surgery 16:25 Read by Ruth Golding
17 - Chapter XVII Miss Cheyne Again 12:36 Read by Ruth Golding
18 - Chapter XVIII Dollops Takes a Hand 23:49 Read by Ruth Golding
19 - Chapter XIX The Twin Scarves 20:22 Read by Ruth Golding
20 - Chapter XX A Twisted Clue 17:28 Read by Ruth Golding
21 - Chapter XXI 'Tis a Mad World, My Masters 24:53 Read by Ruth Golding
22 - Chapter XXII The Trap 19:24 Read by Ruth Golding
23 - Chapter XXIII Untwisting the Threads 25:24 Read by Ruth Golding
24 - Chapter XXIV An Unexpected Contretemps 20:11 Read by Ruth Golding
25 - Chapter XXV A Tale Unfolded 27:08 Read by Ruth Golding

Reviews

great reading

(5 stars)

Ruth Golding is in fine form with this one... I continually had the feeling of sitting around a campfire with somebody telling a scary story (The story isn't scary-- I'm talking about the atmosphere Golding creates). The story is a fun mystery. I rated 5 stars for the reading... I'd give the story a 4.

Look, it could just be me...

(0 stars)

...but the ending of this makes no sense at all, now does it? Is it that I'm an Australian? I don't think it is. I think the ending is clver in the sense you'll never guess it, but a problem in the sense that no normal criminal would consider it because in the real world it just would never work. The reader is marvellous, and the rest of the series is fun, but this one's plot...well...I think it has problems.

Hamilton Cleek strikes again

(4 stars)

I really like Cleek as a fictional detective and this series. I found this tale a bit sub standard compared to other tales of the series. Ruth Golding turned in another stellar performance and keeps one listening till the end. Thanks to Ruth and Librivox I enjoyed it!

Enjoyable Tale

(5 stars)

Cleek wins again! An enjoyable tale! Although, after listening to the first 2 books, I found myself expecting this one to be wrapped up and over much sooner than it was. I finally settled in to enjoy the tale for what it was and was not disappointed.

A new Author added

(3 stars)

This is enjoyable, though not nearly as much as when written without Mary, bless her heart. Thomas does much better, alone whilst writing our "Hamilton Cleek" books. Our Volunteer reader, Ruth Gooding, is terrific, as always!

An entertaining book

(4 stars)

A most excellent reader and an entertaining story. A word of caution if you are easily offended. This was written in 1919. Some of the language is offensive if judged by today's standards.

The Riddle of the Purple Emperor

(5 stars)

Hurrah for Cleek! Another fun romp, with a large cast of characters, both old and new. The superb Reader adds so much to the experience; she’s a joy to hear.

Another great mystery

(5 stars)

This, in my opinion, is better than "The Frozen Flame" (also co-authored by Mary). It kept me guessing and has a good pace. Again, Ms. Golding does a fantastic job with the reading.