Lena Dale returns home arguing with her husband Henry. As their quarrel turns more ugly, Lena retires to her room. But soon she is back again in the drawing room where her husband lies dead in a pool of blood. A shocked Lena is still more shocked when a masked man emerges from the library. Somehow Lena is convinced he couldn’t have murdered her husband. She asks him to escape while she rushes outside to call the police. At the gate, she encounters another man. Even as she asks him to call a policeman, Lena loses her consciousness. When she awakens, she finds herself a prisoner in a curious house, presided over by Dr. William Hendrick (reminding one of Count Fosco of The Woman in White). She also finds that her hair has turned from golden to black.
This was a boring book in which the constant to & fro between Black Cat and Uncle Hugh soon becomes very irritating. It does seem to me that perhaps Farjeon is not for me. Except for his Mystery in White, I have not really enjoyed his books. I have his Seven Dead and a few more on my TBR but I am not feeling any great desire to read them.
First Line: The taxi drew up at the third house beyond the lamp post.
First Published: 1938
Other books read of the same author: (Among others) The Oval Table