Though acclaimed as the writer of the Sherlock Holmes series of detective stories, Arthur Conan Doyle also wrote a series of mysteries set in past historical eras. Uncle Bernac: A Memory of the Empire offers an insightful glimpse into the manners and mores of the Napoleonic age, as well as a heaping helping of the suspense for which the author is best known.
The Best Story for Readers (Annotated) By Arthur Conan Doyle.
Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir
Publisher: Independently Published
At this unexpected announcement Talleyrand and Berthier looked at each other in silence, and for once the trained features of the great diplomatist, who lived behind a mask, betrayed the fact that he was still capable of emotion. The spasm which passed over them was caused, however, rather by mischievous amusement than by consternation, while Berthier--who had an honest affection for both Napoleon and Josephine-- ran frantically to the door as if to bar the Empress from entering.
Doyle is evidently gifted with the remarkable talent to successfully stand with the peers in the arena of book writing. " Sherlock Holmes " was his master creation among the mysterious in character delineation. Then came "The Refugees," "Micah Clark," "Rodney Stone" and other works of an entirely different character. "Uncle Bernac" is an historical romance dealing with Napoleon's threatened invasion of England. The hero crosses from England into France and has many dramatic and remarkable experiences. In the field of fiction Conan Doyle's books are among the best sellers. "Uncle Bernac," a Memory of the Empire, makes no exeception there.
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I dare say that I had already read my uncle's letter a hundred times, and I am sure that I knew it by heart. None the less I took it out of my pocket, and, sitting on the side of the lugger, I went over it again with as much attention as if it were for the first time. It was written in a prim, angular hand, such as one might expect from a man who had begun life as a village attorney, and it was addressed to Louis de Laval, to the care of William Hargreaves, of the Green Man in Ashford, Kent. The landlord had many a hogshead of untaxed French brandy from the Normandy coast, and the letter had found its way by the same hands.