By James Anderson
The Earl of Burford hosts one other somewhat batty, completely baffling apartment party....
George Henry Alwyn Saunders, twelfth in his line, has taken a posh to motion pictures. he is approximately killed with pride whilst a film tycoon wishes Alderly, the Burfords' seventeenth century nation property, for the set of a brand new Rex Ransom epic. The bronzed, good-looking famous person has lengthy overjoyed the crazy lord with magnificent deeds at the silver screen.
Less than extremely joyful is the Countess, who is without warning taking part in hostess to a Hollywood crowd and a becoming visitor record that features a long-lost cousin and a shady moment wife, suitors for the Burford's willful daughter girl Geraldine, an eccentric screenwriter protesting the pirating of his paintings, a sultry, sparky femme fatale, a certified blackmailer....
Oh definite, roles from James L. Anderson's first zany whodunit, The Affair of the Bloodstained Egg snug, are reprised by means of Merryweather, ther imperturbable relatives butler, and the perspicacious Ins. Wilkins of the Westshire constabulary. And what does a mutilated mink coat need to do with anything?....
Nothing can best the merrily murderous Nineteen Thirties apartment celebration for a puzzler!
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Hugh ran a thin hand through his rather long black hair. What was the matter with the confounded girl? Hot - cold, on - off, yes - no. She was really infuriating. He just didn't know why lie bothered. Yes, he did. He knew quite well. Not that he had any real chance. Once or twice he'd thought there was a glimmer of hope. But they always seemed to end up bickering. He wished now he'd refused the invitation. He had half a mind to call back and tell her he'd forgotten a prior engagement. There'd be no pleasure in the visit.
And they're very particular about who they take in. ' 'Look, as it seems you've got to stay overnight in the area, why not come to the house? You needn't see Paul, or any of the guests. We'll put you up in the servants' quarters, if you like. You can eat with them and everything. ' 'Why, Hugh? ' 'I don't like being made a fool of. ' Gerry was silent for a moment. She said, 'You're quite right. It was thoughtless. ' He looked at her in surprise. ' 'Why did you do it, Gerry? ' 'Want to bet? ' Hugh gave a snort.
Right ho. ' 'No, afraid not. He's out seeing the sights. Naturally, we didn't expect you to call . ' 'Course you didn't. I'll see him Thursday. ' He stood up. ' Haggermeir got up hastily. 'Well, my lord, it's been a real pleasure. ' 'Think nothing of it. Sort of thing that's always happenin' to me. Lavinia says I lack an air of authority. ' Haggermeir looked blank. ' 'No, no - Arlington Gilbert. Backwards. ' 'Er, I'm afraid I don't—' 'Feller who sings with the MacDonald gal. Always think he ought to be called Eddy Nelson.