By James Anderson
The Earl of Burford hosts one other a little batty, completely baffling apartment party....
George Henry Alwyn Saunders, twelfth in his line, has taken a complicated to movies. he is approximately killed with satisfaction whilst a film rich person desires Alderly, the Burfords' seventeenth century kingdom property, for the set of a brand new Rex Ransom epic. The bronzed, good-looking famous person has lengthy overjoyed the crazy lord with striking deeds at the silver screen.
Less than overjoyed is the Countess, who is by surprise enjoying hostess to a Hollywood crowd and a starting to be visitor checklist that features a long-lost cousin and a shady moment wife, suitors for the Burford's willful daughter girl Geraldine, an eccentric screenwriter protesting the pirating of his paintings, a sultry, sparky femme fatale, a qualified blackmailer....
Oh certain, roles from James L. Anderson's first zany whodunit, The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg snug, are reprised by means of Merryweather, ther imperturbable kin butler, and the perspicacious Ins. Wilkins of the Westshire constabulary. And what does a mutilated mink coat need to do with anything?....
Nothing can best the merrily murderous Thirties condominium celebration for a puzzler!
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There was something birdlike about her. ' 'My dear, how lovely! ' They kissed. ' Cecily turned and presented her cheek as the Earl stepped forward. He brushed it with his lips, a little uncertainly. 'Well, well, well,' he said, 'this is splendid. Splendid,' he added dogmatically, as though someone had contradicted him. ' Sebastian Everard was slight and thin, with a round, clean-shaven pink face and a bland expression. He smiled. ' He spoke in an exaggerated drawl, offering a limp hand to the Earl and Countess.
I suppose you're right. ' 'Yes, yes, of course, my dear. ' * * * The telephone buzzed in Cyrus Haggermeir's suite at the Ritz Hotel in London. He lifted the receiver. ' 'This is the desk, sir. There is a — a gentleman wishing to see you. A Mr Arlington Gilbert. ' 'OK, I'll give him five minutes. ' Three minutes later there was a loud and peremptory rapping on the door. Haggermeir opened it. Then he blinked. The man standing on the threshold was over six feet tall and of considerable girth. His hair was long.
I've been looking forward to meeting him. ' 'Very nice. No pretence to him at all. But the producer is very much out of his element. Daddy's been struck dumb with awe, and Mummy, who doesn't approve of them, is being frostily formal and polite. As the only others in there are Mummy's cousin Cecily, who hasn't been here for twenty-five years and keeps asking after people who are dead, and her idiot husband, who does nothing but grin inanely and say 'Jolly good,' the atmosphere is rather sticky. I've been doing my best to keep the conversational ball rolling.