The Dark House

George Manville FENN (1831 - 1909)

An extremely wealthy but reclusive man has died, leaving an eccentric will which hints at great riches hidden somewhere in the house. Most of the people at the reading of the will did not know the deceased in person, but had received kindnesses from him, for instance by the payment of school and university fees. The principal beneficiary, a great-nephew, also did not know him. The only two people who really knew him were the old lawyer who dealt with his affairs, and an old Indian servant. Yet when the will had been read, and they all went to where the treasure--gold, jewels and bank-notes--were supposed to be hidden, nothing could be found.

There are an unusual number of deaths, by murder and in self-defence, as the story unfolds, and we are left in total suspense until the very end of the very last chapter. The person who works out where the treasure must be, and how it got there, does not come on the scene until almost the last chapter, and even then he has to go on business to America before he can come in and explain his theory, which proves to be right. (Summary by Gutenberg)

Genre(s): Detective Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 – Number 9A, Albemarle Square Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:13:31
Play 02 02 – The Dead Mans Relatives Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:11:06
Play 03 03 – One Guardian Of The Treasure Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:12:17
Play 04 04 – The Lawyers Tin Box Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:09:17
Play 05 05 – The Reading Of The Will Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:11:56
Play 06 06 – A Fit Of Generosity Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:07:24
Play 07 07 – Lying In State Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:17:59
Play 08 08 – The Horrors Of A Morn Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:08:12
Play 09 09 – Another Discovery Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:10:09
Play 10 10 – Why, Doctor, Doctor He’s Dead! Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:07:28
Play 11 11 – The Treasure Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:11:00
Play 12 12 – The End Of The Instructions Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:08:34
Play 13 13 – The Young Doctor Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:06:45
Play 14 14 – A Clever Diplomatist Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:09:08
Play 15 15 – In The Dark Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:07:21
Play 16 16 – You Here Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:07:02
Play 17 17 – The Tenth Night Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:07:29
Play 18 18 – Nocturnal Proceedings Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:06:20
Play 19 19 – Birds Of Prey Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:06:35
Play 20 20 – Asleep Or Awake? Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:06:17
Play 21 21 – What The Sound Was Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:07:27
Play 22 22 – A Blank Adventure Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:11:58
Play 23 23 – Waiting For Breakfast Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:05:03
Play 24 24 – Doctor And Nurse Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:14:52
Play 25 25 – High Words Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:05:36
Play 26 26 – Capels Nurses Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:09:36
Play 27 27 – An Encounter Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:07:56
Play 28 28 – Mr Preenhams Visitor Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:05:40
Play 29 29 – The Party Breaks Up Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:10:06
Play 30 30 – Where The Treasure Lay Lucy Burgoyne (1950 - 2014)
00:09:38