Hagar of the Pawn-Shop


Read by Grant Hurlock

(4.5 stars; 89 reviews)

Hagar Stanley, a beautiful young Gypsy, is driven by sexual harassment to leave her tribe and seek refuge with her uncle Jacob, a miserly London pawnbroker. He dies after teaching Hagar the business, and she takes over running the popshop till the legitimate heir can be traced. In the odd assortment of objects that pass across her counter, Hagar uncovers one mystery after another. Some items are linked to actual crimes, others to iniquitous acts of human deceit and betrayal. Whether investigating independently or alongside the police, Hagar combines her native shrewdness with woman's intuition to help untangle the webs of wickedness she encounters, that justice might prevail in the end. Though the individual mysteries in Hagar of the Pawn-shop may be read separately, they are so arranged by Fergus Hume as to form a linked set, with characters from earlier stories popping up again later on, one as Hagar's love interest and another as her nemesis. - Summary by Grant Hurlock (8 hr 21 min)

Chapters

The Coming of Hagar 50:58 Read by Grant Hurlock
The First Customer and the Florentine Dante 44:57 Read by Grant Hurlock
The Second Customer and the Amber Beads 47:00 Read by Grant Hurlock
The Third Customer and the Jade Idol 37:49 Read by Grant Hurlock
The Fourth Customer and the Crucifix 41:17 Read by Grant Hurlock
The Fifth Customer and the Copper Key 40:40 Read by Grant Hurlock
The Sixth Customer and the Silver Teapot 47:24 Read by Grant Hurlock
The Seventh Customer and the Mandarin 37:27 Read by Grant Hurlock
The Eighth Customer and the Pair of Boots 40:56 Read by Grant Hurlock
The Ninth Customer and the Casket 36:47 Read by Grant Hurlock
The Tenth Customer and the Persian Ring 37:25 Read by Grant Hurlock
The Passing of Hagar 39:18 Read by Grant Hurlock

Reviews

I can't help but feel I had read this before or something...


(4 stars)

This is a collection of short stories joined together by the common person of Hagar, who oversees the pawn shop. I really liked this story. It ended happy, bad guys got got, good guys usually were okay, and at the center of it is Hagar, who is a bit of a superhero. Reader was very good.

Intriguing short tales of crime, mystery, tragedy & romance


(4 stars)

These tales run the gamut but have our heroine Hagar at the center of them. I wish her character was a bit less opaque and a bit more sympathetic. Still, these tales are engaging and suspenseful. Hard to "put it down" as it were. The reader does very nice characterizations. Lovely job!

Fun Premise


(4 stars)

I really enjoyed the premise of this short story collection. After the death of a pawnshop owner his niece takes over the shop until the heir shows up. Various items brought to pawn lead to mysteries for the girl to solve. Good concept. Well read.

SHORT VIGNETTES ARE GOOD


(5 stars)

What does one do with several mystery outlines that do not lend themselves to a complete novel? One ties them together as a series of transactions with a canny pawn shop girl. It worked quite well.

didn't know that pawn shops were so interesting


(3.5 stars)

i love the reader... i hope one day you'll get a job in billingsgate fish market


(3 stars)

reader has a very low tone. so listening should be in a very quiet space or headphones. Stories were interesting.

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(5 stars)

I remember this hagar in an episode of the BBC series RIVALS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES. IN THE EARLY 1970s.

Excellent Grouo of Shorts to make a whole


(5 stars)

Really enjoyed Hagar. Good characters and interesting twists and minor plots