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During the blitz, scholarly Laurence Delborne asked his housekeeper Violet Gamlen to bring her niece, Helen, to the relative safety of the countryside. At the same time, he asked his grandnephew, Martin Andras to be sent over to his home at Burnstone too. The two children grew close during the war years and their friendship … Continue reading The Elusive Aunt: Always Say Die by Elizabeth Ferrars (1956)
Thomas Rostetter finds himself attending a party thrown by enfant terrible Dodo . The party consists of painters and writers and spiritual gurus and their disciples, all of whom are painted in mostly negative terms except for the American girl, Dinah Blake, a budding painter. The ‘saintly’ Dinah has been badly hurt by Dodo who … Continue reading Friday’s Forgotten Book: Desire to Kill by Alice Campbell (1934)
The Matriarch of the castle who eats glass; the diffident son who was physically unfit to take part in the war and is under the thumb of his wife; the wife who is cheating on her husband; the virile, energetic other son who is a war-hero; the daughter-in-law who is capable and smart and plays … Continue reading Murder in a Castle: Stately Homicide by George Milner (1953)
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