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The Nineteen Thirties kingdom condominium get together jam-packed with crooks, police officers, and the standard suspects body the fitting scene of the crime. This one assembles all of the correct ingredients--the robbery of the fabled diamond necklace, the purloined old pistols, the key passage, the ravishing baroness with a earlier, the physique within the lake.... What a stunning puzzle! "Don't count on me to unravel anything," Inspector Wilkens pronounces. yet in fact, he does: robbery, espionage, impersonations (triple, on the very least), blackmail, homicide. The suspects comprise a noble host and hostess, a jewel thief and international brokers in hide, shiny younger issues, mysterious mature males, a Texas millionaire, and, after all, the butler. Crime connoisseurs will realize the elements for a zany pastiche, a pleasant romp paying tribute to the earlier whereas titillating the current. And what does the blood-stained egg comfortable need to do with something?

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In London again, Jane had got work with an antique dealer. This had lasted until she had discovered she was expected to ask certain customers to pay with two cheques - but to enter only one in the books. Finally had come Mayfair Modes. It was not the sort of job Jane had ever imagined herself doing - but she had been getting desperate. Almost from the first, however, she had known she wouldn't stick it long. In a way the blow-up with Bottway had come as a relief - even though she had put herself in a terrible stew financially.

But the laziest member was asleep. CHAPTER FOUR The Richest Man in Europe In a large house on the outskirts of Paris, in a big curtained room lit only by a flickering log fire, a little wizened, bald old man sat in a high-backed armchair. He was holding an open atlas and studying a map of Africa. Eventually he raised his head, revealing a hooked nose and deep set eyes, which burnt with a fierce light. His lips were thin and his jaw long and pointed. His hand, which now moved slowly to press an electric buzzer set into the low table beside his chair, was scrawny, like a claw.

He is extremely able. ' 'Which is something I conspicuously lack, I'm afraid. ' 'Well, obviously if outsiders weren't to realise the importance of the talks, you had to pick somebody fairly junior; yet it's patently too important a matter to be handled at Embassy level. But I can't help feeling there are others better qualified than I to deal with it. The only real asset I have seems to be—' He broke off. ' 'Well, I do spend a certain amount of time there with my brother and his family. My sister-in-law gives frequent house parties.

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