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By Dolores Gordon-Smith
Compliment for Dolores Gordon-Smith:
“With imaginative and prescient and power, Gordon-Smith pulls off one other Golden Age delight.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
“A vintage postwar country-house secret with a Christie-like denouement.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Dorothy Sayers enthusiasts can be so much rewarded.”—Publishers Weekly
Freezing and hungry, George Lassiter breaks right into a stranger’s condominium the place he witnesses a homicide. but if the police locate no facts, they—and George’s pal Jack Haldean—believe George used to be delirious. harmful occasions quickly turn out every person mistaken.
Dolores Gordon-Smith is the writer of 2 prior mysteries within the Jack Haldean sequence. She graduated from Surrey collage in 1981.
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Beginning his cigarette case, he placed the lump of wax at the steel lid and held his lighter beneath it. whilst the candle was once hot sufficient to be malleable, he kneaded it in his arms and took impressions of the keys, leaving the wax at the table to harden. He checked out the table diary subsequent. there have been a number of entries, as a rule of names. The access for thirty first October made him pause. With a boost of his eyebrows he learn Culverton – the works. definite! This was once what he were hoping for. This used to be actual facts ultimately. even though, it used to be, frustratingly, all. He needed the diarist have been extra particular approximately what precisely the works entailed. He flipped the pages ahead. The access for this coming Friday had a note underlined: Pegasus. beneath it have been 3 names: G. Stoker, A. McCann and S. Bierce. Pegasus? Friday, he knew, was once the day on which the Pegasus might take its maiden flight, the day Anne Lassiter had prepared the glamorous and much-talked-about dinner within the air over London. He closed the diary and opened the second one drawer. This contained a flat cardboard field. He opened it and drew out a handful of black silk. mask, he discovered, spreading the silk out on his hand. The field contained approximately 3 dozen black mask. in fact! If Culverton was once involved sufficient approximately his privateness to chop the labels off his outfits, he’d wish whatever to hide his face. He positioned one of many mask in his pocket, changed the field within the drawer and checked out the submitting cupboard thoughtfully. He might supply lots to move via that submitting cupboard yet he nonetheless had extra exploring to do. He picked up the wax impressions of the keys, positioned them in an envelope from the table, and, putting them rigorously in his pocket, walked quietly around the room to the a long way door. once more he paused and listened earlier than he opened it a crack. It took him a number of moments to make feel of what he observed. He was once having a look right into a huge, darkish, thickly carpeted house. The workplace have been dingily yet competently lit by means of traditional gentle from the home windows, however the room he was once taking a look into now appeared, in the beginning look, to haven't any home windows in any respect. As his eyes progressively adjusted to the gloom, he can make out a sliver of sunshine from above the curtained home windows. Leaving the door open at the back of him, he went in. This was once little need. He wanted gentle. removing his torch, he snapped it on, blinking because the beam reduce during the darkness. He swept the sunshine around the room. It used to be set out as a nightclub with a bar on the some distance finish. It regarded, initially sight, similar to the Continental. in spite of the fact that, while within the Continental the tables and chairs have been for consuming and ingesting, the seats during this room have been huge, sumptuous sofas. the distance within the center gave the look of a normal dance flooring however it was once raised a couple of foot above the remainder of the room. It was once, in reality, a round level. The torchlight got here to relaxation beside the bar. the following, painted directly to the wall and working from ground to ceiling, used to be a mural of the Eiffel Tower. Paris! Jack gave a bit sigh of pride. He used to be in Paris, Culverton’s Paris.