By Michael Innes
In the course of a stroll to Elvedon condo, palatial domestic of the Tythertons, Sir John Appleby and leader Constable Colonel satisfaction are shocked to discover a police van and autos parked outdoors. prosperous Maurice Tytherton has been discovered shot lifeless, and Appleby is confronted with a few suspects: Alice Tytherton, flirtatious, more youthful spouse of the deceased; Egon Raffaello, disreputable paintings broker; and the prodigal son, Mark Tytherton, who has simply again from Argentina. might the dying be associated with the theft of a few work numerous years ahead of?
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Extra resources for Appleby's Other Story (Sir John Appleby, Book 29)
When a man writes on a wall, his instinct leads him to write above the level of his own eyes. Now that writing was just over six feet from the ground. ” I asked. “Well, if a man can stride four and a half feet without the smallest effort, he can’t be quite in the sere and yellow. That was the breadth of a puddle on the garden walk which he had evidently walked across. Patentleather boots had gone round, and Square-toes had hopped over. There is no mystery about it at all. I am simply applying to ordinary life a few of those precepts of observation and deduction which I advocated in that article.
The mother nodded. She didn’t seem able to get out a word. The daughter burst into tears. I felt more than ever that these people knew something of the matter. “‘At what o’clock did Mr. ’ I asked. “‘At eight o’clock,’ she said, gulping in her throat to keep down her agitation. ‘His secretary, Mr. Stangerson, said that there were two trains– one at 9:15 and one at 11. ’ “A terrible change came over the woman’s face as I asked the question. Her features turned perfectly livid. It was some seconds before she could get out the single word ‘Yes’–and when it did come it was in a husky, unnatural tone.
Arthur would rather that we spoke the truth,’ the girl answered firmly. “‘You had best tell me all about it now,’ I said. ‘Half-confidences are worse than none. ’ cried her mother; and then, turning to me, ‘I will tell you all, sir. Do not imagine that my agitation on behalf of my son arises from any fear lest he should have had a hand in this terrible affair. He is utterly innocent of it. My dread is, however, that in your eyes and in the eyes of others he may appear to be compromised. That, however, is surely impossible.
Appleby's Other Story (Sir John Appleby, Book 29) by Michael Innes