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Review: Silent Night


  • Title: Silent Night
  • Author: Baynard Kendrick
  • Pages: 16
  • Originally released: Sleuth Mystery Magazine Dec. 1958
  • Genre: Short Story
  • My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

* My opinions are my own* May contain spoilersThis story is about finding a kidnapped boy.  The kidnappers demands cause the cops to bring in blind P.I., Capt. Duncan Maclain.  Maclain’s remaining senses and focus allow him to make connections no one else sees.This story has all the pieces necessary for good reading, I just found that it wasn’t to my taste.  I do believe some people would enjoy Silent Night.  The main reason I wasn’t fond of this story was it kept a key detail from the reader until the very end.  I don’t like when an author does this but I know that there are people who like this (often so they an attempt to solve the mystery themselves).  If you are one of these readers you should definitely give this short story  a try.I choose to read this story because it was a part of a book of holiday mysteries.  I am glad that it was included in the collection because it introduced m to an unfamiliar author.  In summation, although the story was only okay, in my opinion, I would still recommend this story to some readers.



I was a bibliophile before I learned the alphabet. From an early age I have used books to relieve the pressures of reality. I was I teenager before I appreciated the learning power of books. Now, as an adult, I read books for both learning and relaxation.

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