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[Ebook] The Angel of Terror By Edgar Wallace – serv3.3pub.co.uk [Read] ➪ The Angel of Terror Author Edgar Wallace – Serv3.3pub.co.uk The Angel of Terror aka The Destroying Angel Jack Glover of Rennet Glover and Simpson does not believe his cousin Meredith killed Bulford Meredith's father was an eccentric and unless Meredith is marr The Angel of Terror aka The Destroying Angel Jack Glover of Rennet Glover and Simpson does not believe his cousin Meredith killed Bulford Meredith's father was an eccentric and unless Meredith is married by the age of thirty his sister inherits everything She is dead and Meredith now in prison is thirty next Monday Meanwhile Lydia Beale is struggling to pay her dead father's creditors When Glover offers her money she is shocked However despite the strange conditions attached it is a proposal she cannot The Angel PDF/EPUB ² afford to ignore.

10 thoughts on “The Angel of Terror

  1. Tristram Shandy Tristram Shandy says:

    “‘ Killing is a matter of expediency Permissible if you call it war terrible if you call it murder To me it is just killing If you are caught in the act of killing they kill you and people say it is right to do so The sacredness of human life is a slogan invented by cowards who fear death – as you do’‘Don’t you Jean?’ he asked in a hushed voice‘I fear life without money’ she said uietly ‘I fear long days of work for a callous leering employer and strap hanging in a crowded tube on my way home to one miserable room and the cold mutton of yesterday I fear a poor husband and a procession of children and doing the housework with an incompetent maid or maybe with any at all ’”Edgar Wallace himself must have been uite taken with the amoral Jean Briggerland the eponymous Angel of Terror because he allows her to steal the best scenes from everyone else in the book and tries to invest her with psychological depth than any other character in the book maybe with the exception of the gambler Marcus Stepney unfurls The story itself is extremely fast paced and at least to poor naïve me often unpredictable However you have to be able to accept the following thingsa that a woman is willing to marry somebody she has never seen before but whom she knows to be convicted on charge of wilful murder;b that an innocent man who is convicted on charge of wilful murder is ready to marry a woman he has never seen before just to outwit a clause of his father’s testament that made it obligatory for him to be in the chains of wedlock by his 30th birthday;c that two lawyers are ready to risk their reputations and their licenses just to aid and abet their client in escaping from prison to perform that wedding ceremonyWe might have watched just enough reality shows to no longer find anything unusual or morally uestionable about any of the three above listed heads and this makes us ready to embark on the journey Wallace has prepared for us But still there is another concession our scepticism has to make namely that d the woman who gets married in the above mentioned way is naïve enough not to see through any of Jean Briggerland’s attempts at murdering her even though in some cases one does not have to be able to look through a millstone in order to notice what Jean is up to And yet Lydia the only person that stands between Jean and the family fortune is willing to trust the other young woman who looks so sweet and innocent again and again so as to unwittingly write suicide notes swallowing one of the most threadbare red herrings – this metaphor is as mixed as my feelings about the book – that must ever have been usedOkay you might say that this is probably not the daftest kind of behaviour and the dimmest spark of judgment you have ever witnessed in a human being and you will doubtless be right And maybe this is also what fuels Jack Glover’s – he is one of the lawyers involved in this case – love for Lydia whose husband is conveniently killed a few minutes after the wedding ceremony because what could be satisfying for a man so impressed by himself than besteading a damsel constantly in distress? Well the novel went on at a swift pace and I cannot say that I was longing for it to reach its final chapter but when it finally did reach this chapter I felt a bit disappointed by the ending view spoilerAt least in a crime novel I’d like the ending to be nicely tied up justice meted out and all that hide spoiler

  2. Nick Nick says:

    I have been wanting to read one or two of Edgar Wallace's novels for some time to see what all the fuss was about in his day This tale of an amoral but beautiful woman and her victims was surprisingly timeless and entertaining just perfect for a day of airplane travel after days of fatiguing meetings and work

  3. Cheryl Cheryl says:

    This is a 35 star readRating only

  4. Julie Davis Julie Davis says:

    Rereading for an upcoming SFFaudio podcast episodeThis is a riveting tale which sets out with a man being sentenced for murder and a beautiful innocent woman having had to testify against him Except what everyone thinks is exactly opposite to the truth according to the condemned man's friend and attorney Jack Glover He claims that his friend was framed Meanwhile poverty stricken Lydia gets pulled into this scenario completely out of the blue and is put in the situation of having to decide who to trust One person is telling the truth and the other is out to murder her We are not really ever in the dark about it but watching Lydia's thinking and also seeing the behind the scenes machinations makes this a real page turner This is another book I discovered free for the Kindle Also check Project Gutenberg for it This reading by Lee Elliott at Librivox is great

  5. Julia Julia says:

    Exuisitely beautiful and thoroughly vile Jean is a scheming murderer who gets away with multiple murders because she is so so lovely innocent looking and a skilled liar But lawyer Jack Glover has her pegged and does his best to protect Jean's latest target an unbelievably naive and debt ridden working girl who unexpectedly inherits the fortune that Jean had planned on acuiring In spite of the tense nature of the plot it is told in uite a humorous manner with a cast of fascinating characters First published in 1922 I listened to this as a free download from LibriVoxorg

  6. Nancy Oakes Nancy Oakes says:

    I've posted about this novel at my reading journal along with Wallace's The Crimson Circle this book we find one of THE most cold blooded evil minded and absolutely mercenary women villains who has ever graced the pages of a crime novel Wallace counterbalances her strength and energy with another woman Lydia Beale who is completely clueless that attempts are being made on her life as many readers have noted she is either hopelessly naive or absolutely stupid and in my opinion her character can become a bit exasperating However knowing that there is no mystery here and knowing right away who is trying to kill Lydia Beale the story works if you look at it as a uestion of whether or not justice will ever be served For me that's what saved this novel which while reading I will admit to laughing out loud than once

  7. Marin Bratanov Marin Bratanov says:

    Definitely read this Very fast paced very tight and uick very short maybe 200ish pagesThe plot twists are very well done I totally didn't see two three things coming near the endI also loved the fact that it doesn't hide unknown villains you know everything as the reader and seeing the story develop is very pleasantly doneI will say no because everything will be a spoiler just read this book

  8. Kim Kim says:

    The Angel of Terror also known as The Destroying Angel is a novel by Edgar Wallace published in 1922 I assume it was also written in 1922 since this guy must have been one of the fastest writers there ever was which he'd have to be to write all the books he wrote Not only did he have uite a few books but he also had uite a few names Wikipedia says of him Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace 1 April 1875 – 10 February 1932 was an English writerRather short that was However further down it also tells us that Wallace was born at 7 Ashburnham Grove Greenwich to actors Richard Horatio Marriott Edgar 1847–1894 and Mary Jane Polly Richards née BlairTo me this would make his last name Edgar not Wallace But moving on we're told Wallace's parents had a broom cupboard style sexual encounter during an after show party Discovering she was pregnant his mother invented a fictitious obligation in Greenwich that would last at least half a year and obtained a room in a boarding house where she lived until her son's birth on 1 April 1875 During her confinement she had asked her midwife to find a couple to foster the child The midwife introduced Wallace's mother to her close friend Mrs Freeman a mother of ten children whose husband George Freeman was a Billingsgate fishmonger On 9 April 1875 his mother took Wallace to the semi literate Freeman family and made arrangements to visit oftenWallace then known as Richard Horatio Edgar Freeman had a happy childhood and a close bond with 20 year old Clara Freeman who became a second mother to him By 1878 his mother could no longer afford the small sum she had been paying the Freemans to care for her son and instead of placing the boy in the workhouse the Freemans adopted him His mother never visited Wallace again as a child Nice lady We have now dropped the Wallace from his name but it will return obviously And here it comes By his early teens Wallace had held down numerous jobs such as newspaper seller at Ludgate Circus near Fleet Street milk delivery boy rubber factory worker shoe shop assistant and ship’s cook A plaue at Ludgate Circus commemorates Wallace's first encounter with the newspaper business He was dismissed from his job on the milk run for stealing money In 1894 he became engaged to a local Deptford girl Edith Anstree but broke the engagement and enlisted in the infantryWallace registered in the army under the name Edgar Wallace after the author of Ben Hur Lew Wallace At the time the medical records register him as having a 33 inch chest and being stunted from his childhood spent in the slums He was posted in South Africa with the West Kent Regiment in 1896 He disliked army life but managed to arrange a transfer to the Royal Army Medical Corps which was less arduous but unpleasant and so transferred again to the Press Corps which he found suited him betterAnd that's how he got his name How he got to be an author was while still in the armed forces he began publishing songs and poetry his first book of ballads was published in 1898 With the money from his book he bought his way out of the armed forces something I didn't know you could do and turned to writing full time And he did that a lot Going back to London he bagan writing detective stories the ones I've been reading to earn uick money Oh this I found interesting In 1903 Wallace met his birth mother Polly whom he had never known Terminally ill 60 years old and living in poverty she came to ask for money and was turned away Polly died in the Bradford Infirmary later that yearI'm not sure what I think of that But now he was busy writing and writing and writing In fact he wrote so much that one of his publishers claimed that a uarter of all books in England were written by him And how did he do this? Here you go Wallace narrated his words onto wax cylinders the dictaphones of the day and his secretaries typed up the text This may be why he was able to work at such high speed and why his stories have narrative drive Many of Wallace's critically successful books were dictated like this over two or three days locked away with cartons of cigarettes and endless pots of sweet tea often working pretty much uninterrupted in 72 hours Most of his novels were serialised in segments but written in this way The serialised stories that were instead written piecemeal have a distinctly different narrative energy not sweeping up the reader on the story waveWallace rarely edited his own work after it was dictated and typed up but sent it straight to the publishers intensely disliking the revision of his work with other editors The company would do only cursory checks for factual errors before printingWallace faced widespread accusations that he used ghost writers to churn out books though there is no evidence of this and his prolificness became something of a joke the subject of cartoons and sketches His 'three day books' reeled off to keep the loan sharks from the door were unlikely to garner great critical praise and Wallace claimed not to find literary value in his own worksTalking into wax cylinders means nothing to me I can't get a picture of such a thing in my mind Oh and I'm addicted to sweet tea Here's As well as journalism Wallace wrote screen plays poetry historical non fiction 18 stage plays 957 short stories and over 170 novels 12 in 1929 alone More than 160 films have been made of Wallace's work He is remembered for the creation of King Kong as a writer of 'the colonial imagination' for the J G Reeder detective stories and for The Green Archer serial He sold over 50 million copies of his combined works in various editions and The Economist describes him as one of the most prolific thriller writers of the 20th century although few of his books are still in print in the UK170 novels and few of his books are still in print I wonder why Perhaps the people in charge of keeping these things in print read The Angel of Terror I suppose that could have done it Yes I've reached the one of the 170 I just finished reading This has to be one of the dumbest books I've read Well it has one of the dumbest leading ladies in it anyway I was so disappointed with this book from the first chapter it's supposed to be a mystery I love mysteries but only if they are mysterious and this one wasn't Oh if you ever plan on reading this perhaps you should skip the rest of my review if you continue well don't say you weren't warned view spoilerYou could tell from the beginning where this was going It starts with the trial of James Meredith Mr Meredith is found guilty of murder According to the judge James Meredith you have been convicted after a long and patient trial of the awful crime of wilful murder With the verdict of the jury I am in complete agreement There is little doubt after hearing the evidence of the unfortunate lady to whom you were engaged and whose evidence you attempted in the most brutal manner to refute that instigated by your jealousy you shot Ferdinand Bulford The evidence of Miss Briggerland that you had threatened this poor young man and that you left her presence in a temper is unshaken By a terrible coincidence Mr Bulford was in the street outside your fiancée's door when you left and maddened by your insane jealousy you shot him deadTo suggest as you have through your counsel that you called at Miss Briggerland's that night to break off your engagement and that the interview was a mild one and unattended by recriminations is to suggest that this lady has deliberately committed perjury in order to swear away your life and when to that disgraceful charge you produce a motive namely that by your death or imprisonment Miss Briggerland who is your cousin would benefit to a considerable extent you merely add to your infamy Nobody who saw the young girl in the box a pathetic and if I may say a beautiful figure could accept for one moment your fantastic explanationWho killed Ferdinand Bulford? A man without an enemy in the world That tragedy cannot be explained away It now only remains for me to pass the sentence which the law imposes The jury's recommendation to mercy will be forwarded to the proper uarterKeep in mind how beautiful Miss Briggerland is you hear that a lot And since she is so beautiful she couldn't be making up the story of poor James Meredith shooting the other guy could she? Of course not the judge says so James is very wealthy so if Miss Briggerland had married him she would have been very wealthy but since he isn't going to marry her she isn't going to be is she? Oh wait a minute she is his cousin and if he dies well guess who would get his money? And if he committed an awful murder of course he will get the death sentence and once he's deadwell she is too beautiful to do a thing like that Or as the one lawyer says Mad he said huskily He must be mad If ever I saw a pure soul in a woman's face it is in hersSo James goes to prison and unfortunately for beautiful people he does not get the death penalty Now comes the next problem in the money making scheme since James isn't going to die the beautiful lady must wait until he turns thirty for some odd reason it was a condition of his father's will that he must be married by the time he is 30 or he will lose the inheritance and it will go on to his next successor And guess who that is But she is just so beautiful And this is where our leading lady without a brain comes inMr Meredith's lawyer and best friend is John Glover so he knows all about the 30th birthday thing He and his partner search the world over well not uite that far for a girl who will agree to marry James Meredith They think they have found her in Lydia Beale Miss Beale is single and thanks to her now deceased father poor He left a large debt behind for her to deal with when he died and she has been working as an illustrator for a newspaper trying to slowly pay all his debts Mr Glover has searched the County Court records of London to see if there was a girl in urgent need of money and found Lydia She is not married or engaged she has a heavy burden of debts and she is unencumbered by relations or friends His words not mine And so Mr Glover goes in search of Miss Beale to propose a plan to her she should marry Meredith and will have five thousand pounds a year for the rest of her life plus a sum of twenty thousand pounds down The trouble now is that our beautiful lady Miss Briggerland and her father have been doing the same thing only not to encourage the marriage but to prevent it First they try to kidnap her but Mr Glover gets her away from her fake taxi cab driver and takes her to his partner's home where her about to be husband is hiding Men who escape from prison to get married have to hide until the wedding which is what happens The next morning they are married The next morning Jean Briggerland rushes in to stop the man she loves from making a mistake but too late The next morning while Jean is in the room with the new bride and the lawyers and the Priest James who has left the room manages to commit suicide by shooting himself in the left temple but the gun is in his right hand That must have been uite the trick Of course neither Jean or her father could have had anything to do with it she is simply too beautiful And now we come to the part that Lydia plays the main role and you realize how stupid she is First coming out of the theatre with Jean and her father the Briggerlands chauffeur loses control of the car while pulling up comes up onto the sidewalk and nearly hits Lydia luckily someone pulls her out of the way in time The chauffeur looks just like the taxi cab driver that's uite a coincidence but has nothing to do with Jean right? Then we have Mr Briggerland he owns a club for released convicts they can come there and start over or something like that And Jean is telling one of them how her dear friend who lives at 84 Cavendish leaves her windows open all the time and has so much money and so many jewels just laying around she thinks she is being careless why anyone could just climb in and do away with her and take everything After all she keeps the jewelry under her pillow Then it just so happens that is what happens a man breaks into Lydia's home luckily someone sees him and saves both Lydia and her jewelry But of course that was just a coincidence too Jean is so beautifulThen Mr Briggerland who happens to be writing a book on crazy people and visiting insane asylums that we never hear about again happens to talk to one of them about this girl and the crazy man just happens to escape that night and show up in Lydia's bedroom It's good the thieves decided to try again or she would have been killed by a mad man Luckily that saved herWhen they go swimming someone shoots at Lydia just after Jean asked her to stand up on the deck and just after Jean's father had to leave to go check on something But that beautiful girl couldn't haveOh he's a bad shot LuckilyThey happen to go to this beautiful place by the sea I can't remember where and it isn't until they are there they find there is a smallpox outbreak The gardener's son has it But they won't let that ruin their trip so Jean arranges for them all to go out for a nice dinner or something like that but she is feeling tired and doesn't go After dressing in some long coat with a net over her hair a mask over her face and gloves on she isn't too tired to sneak into the gardener's house and carry the sick and unconscious boy to the house and lay him on Lydia's bed for a few hours She is so nice giving the boy a soft bed like that She does return him to his own bed before Lydia is back though after all Lydia must sleep somewhere However somehow when Lydia gets home her bed has been drenched with water Someone dumped bucket after bucket of water on it and she can't sleep on it that night She happens to find the cross the sick boy always wears in her bed but can't understand how it got there After all the only person home had been Jean and she's just tooThere's there's tries there's even another murder Lydia's guardian angel still keeps saving her I could go on but I don't want to I'll just say that enough things happen after that that perhaps Lydia will finally come to the end of her short days on earth I wonder if she would believe who killed her when it finally worked hide spoiler

  9. Carl Alves Carl Alves says:

    I generally find that novels written from a century or ago don’t generally translate well today All of it has to do with storytelling style which was often archaic from that time period with poor dialogue and techniue that wouldn’t fly today But I found The Angel of Terror to be a compelling read that has held up well over the years What I liked most about it was that the story featured a female villain that was absolutely diabolical narcissistic and was a master manipulator In mysteries you typically find generic male anatagonists so I found this to be refreshingI thought the novel moved at a good pace It wasn’t overly long but it was long enough to tell the story that it needed to tell The writing was fundamentally sound and didn’t suffer from many of the problems that I find with writing from that time period What I didn’t like about the novel was the Lydia the story’s protagonist She was complete idiot who was hard to root for In fact because of the contrast in the development of these two characters I was hoping that Lydia would be bested in the end even though I knew that was unlikely This is a novel worth readingCarl Alves – author of The Invocation

  10. Perry Whitford Perry Whitford says:

    Edgar Wallace is becoming something of a guilty pleasure with me Like black pudding I know that I shouldn't go there oatmeal gristle beef suet congealed pig's blood all the floor sweepings yet I keep eating the foul stuffWallace didn't publish his first novel until he was thirty years of age By the time he died aged fifty six he'd written no less than a hundred and seventy of them nearly a thousand short stories eighteen plays and countless screenplays for Hollywood including King KongHow the hell could anybody he that insanely prolific? Reading The Angel of Terror goes a long way towards answering that uestion The secret? He simply made it up as he was going alongOf course it took a bit than that to churn them out so prodigiously You also need a firm commitment to do away with anything as fancy as characterisation plot intelligent dialogue the barest regard for logic or senseJean Briggerland is the angel of the title a beautiful but heartless criminal mastermind who will stop at nothing to inherent the fortune of her cousin James Meredith an expendable dimwit framed for murder In order to foil her Meredith's lawyer Jack Glover choses a woman at random named Lydia to marry this cousin Lawyers do this sort of thing all the you knowThe angel of terror arranges for Meredith to be murdered literally moments after the wedding and now Mrs Meredith stands between Miss Briggerland and the loot Glover who seems unusually interested in Lydia's safety assigns a guardian to protect the widow an old man with a crippled arm a limp and a suint I'm serious Instantly I thought No surely not? And of course it wasThe naughty angel sets criminals and lunatics after the witless Lydia tries to have her run over shot and pushed off a cliff At one point she even abducted a child suffering from smallpox and put him in her bed The good Jaggs limped into the fray to foil the femme fatale and her goons at every turnThe general effect was like some B movie by a brainless imitator of Alfred Hitchcock working without a script without a storyboard without a clueI enjoyed it

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