By Mary Roberts Rinehart
The guy in reduce Ten (serialized in magazines in 1906) was once released as a unique in 1910, and instantly rose to quantity 4 at the best-seller checklist. Combining homicide, secret, and romance, Rinehart’s celebrated novel is certain to maintain readers in pleasant suspense.
In order to choose up criminal papers in one other urban, a tender legal professional, Lawrence Blakely, needs to commute from Pittsburgh to Baltimore on what he expects to be a humdrum teach experience. but the journey quick turns into something yet uninteresting; Blakely’s papers are stolen, and his vehicle bunk “lower ten” is occupied by way of a useless physique. yet that’s now not all Blakely unearths himself in the midst of. He additionally grapples with a perilous teach destroy, a ghostly haunting, and an attractive but probably harmful love interest.
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Hey! You the gal with the green thumb we been hearin’ so much about? Syd Bishop’s the name. Suzie’s manager. ” Syd Bishop was a paunchy American in his mid-sixties, with faded red hair plastered in long strands across his freckled scalp. His accent reeked of Brooklyn, and his voice was so loud that it almost drowned out the rumble of thunder as the first rush of rain spattered the windows. Syd’s tuxedo was black-Emma gave him credit for that much good sensebut the crimson trim on the wide lapels didn’t quite match the vermillion bow tie and cummerbund, or the pink-edged ruffles on the front of his white shirt.
Thanks to Crowley, who’d knocked on her door at precisely eight-twenty, Emma arrived in the library as the case clock in the comer chimed the half hour. She was relieved to see that she was neither the first nor the last to arrive. The duke was nowhere in sight, but Susannah had Derek pinned in a bay window beside a tall and quite beautiful harp, where she was lecturing him on-God help us, thought Emma-spirituality and good nutrition. Derek had exchanged his worn jeans and blue pullover for an open-necked shirt and corduroys, and replaced his workboots with a pair of tired loafers.
Sorry, all,” he said breezily. “Beastly rude of me to totter in so late, do forgive me. Will you listen to that downpour? Makes one glad to be indoors, what? ” The duke, Emma noted, was wearing a tasteful but decidedly informal pair of flannel trousers and a fawn-colored cashmere turtleneck. “Emma, you are a vision in blue, and your hair! ” Gesturing toward the portrait over the mantelpiece, he added, “My grandmother. As you can see, her interests were musical as well as horticultural. ” Syd’s voice rang out.