By Gilbert Adair
Boxing Day circa 1935. A snowed-in manor at the very fringe of Dartmoor. A Christmas house-party. And overhead, within the attic, the useless physique of Raymond Gentry, gossip columnist and blackmailer, shot during the center. however the attic door is locked from the interior, its sole window is traversed by means of thick iron bars and, clearly, there's no signal of a assassin or a homicide weapon.
Fortunately (though, for the assassin, unfortunately), one of many visitors is the bold Evadne Mount, the bestselling writer of numerous vintage whodunits. in reality, have been she now not its presiding sleuth, THE ACT OF ROGER MURGATROYD is precisely the kind of whodunit she herself may have written.
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Boxing Day circa 1935. A snowed-in manor at the very fringe of Dartmoor. A Christmas house-party. And overhead, within the attic, the lifeless physique of Raymond Gentry, gossip columnist and blackmailer, shot in the course of the center. however the attic door is locked from the interior, its sole window is traversed by means of thick iron bars and, evidently, there is not any signal of a assassin or a homicide weapon.
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