The Riddle of the Purple Emperor

Thomas W. HANSHEW (1857 - 1914) and Mary E. HANSHEW (1852 - 1927)


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)

Genre(s): General Fiction, Detective Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - Chapter I Which Introduces a New Friend Ruth Golding
00:22:58
Play 02 02 - Chapter II The Home-Coming Ruth Golding
00:18:15
Play 03 03 - Chapter III In the Dark Ruth Golding
00:16:08
Play 04 04 - Chapter IV The House of Shadows Ruth Golding
00:20:27
Play 05 05 - Chapter V The Threads of Chance Ruth Golding
00:18:02
Play 06 06 - Chapter VI The Cry in the Night Ruth Golding
00:24:39
Play 07 07 - Chapter VII In the Tiger's Clutches Ruth Golding
00:19:12
Play 08 08 - Chapter VIII Complications and Complexities Ruth Golding
00:16:53
Play 09 09 - Chapter IX The House with the Shuttered Windows Ruth Golding
00:17:10
Play 10 10 - Chapter X A Shot in the Dark Ruth Golding
00:14:17
Play 11 11 - Chapter XI A Terrible Discovery Ruth Golding
00:16:24
Play 12 12 - Chapter XII The Woman in the Case Ruth Golding
00:18:36
Play 13 13 - Chapter XIII Tightening the Strands Ruth Golding
00:26:38
Play 14 14 - Chapter XIV The Plot Thickens Ruth Golding
00:25:34
Play 15 15 - Chapter XV Tangled Threads Ruth Golding
00:16:05
Play 16 16 - Chapter XVI In the Doctor's Surgery Ruth Golding
00:16:25
Play 17 17 - Chapter XVII Miss Cheyne Again Ruth Golding
00:12:36
Play 18 18 - Chapter XVIII Dollops Takes a Hand Ruth Golding
00:23:49
Play 19 19 - Chapter XIX The Twin Scarves Ruth Golding
00:20:22
Play 20 20 - Chapter XX A Twisted Clue Ruth Golding
00:17:28
Play 21 21 - Chapter XXI 'Tis a Mad World, My Masters Ruth Golding
00:24:53
Play 22 22 - Chapter XXII The Trap Ruth Golding
00:19:24
Play 23 23 - Chapter XXIII Untwisting the Threads Ruth Golding
00:25:24
Play 24 24 - Chapter XXIV An Unexpected Contretemps Ruth Golding
00:20:11
Play 25 25 - Chapter XXV A Tale Unfolded Ruth Golding
00:27:08