By Dorothy L. Sayers

A fleeting killer's eco-friendly mustache. A corpse clutching a observe with lost vowels. A mobile with the unmistakable ring of demise. A hopeful heir's goals of fortune performed in whilst nature beats him to the punch. A playwright's unwatered-down honor that's thicker than blood.

In each one case, the homicide baffles the neighborhood experts. For his Lordship and the lively salesman-sleuth Montague Egg, a corpse is an exciting invitation to solve the postmortem puzzles of attention-grabbing falsehoods, mysterious explanations and diabolical demises.

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Now not that, within the usual approach, one notion a lot in regards to the writer of a play – until, after all, it was once Shakespeare, who used to be diversified; in comparison with the solid, he was once of small significance and barely noticeable. yet Mr Drury had at some point arrived arm-in-arm with a sulky-looking and ill-dressed early life whom he had brought to Florrie, asserting in his tremendous, beneficiant approach: ‘Here, John, you need to understand Florrie. She’s our mascot – we couldn’t get on with no her. Florrie, this is often Mr Scales, whose new play’s going to make all our fortunes. ’ Mr Drury used to be by no means improper approximately performs; he had the golden contact. definitely, within the final 3 months, Mr Scales, even though nonetheless sulky-looking, had turn into far better dressed. in this specific evening – Saturday, fifteenth April, whilst sour Laurel was once giving its 96th functionality to an entire residence after a packed matinée – Mr Scales and Mr Drury arrived jointly, in night gown and, Florrie famous with drawback, fairly past due. Mr Drury must hurry, and it was once tiresome of Mr Scales to detain him, as he did, by means of arguing and expostulating upon the edge. now not that Mr Drury appeared placed out. He was once smiling (his smile, one-sided and a bit of elfin in caliber, was once famous), and eventually he stated, together with his hand (Mr Drury’s expressive palms have been popular) affectionately upon Mr Scales’s shoulder, ‘Sorry, previous boy, can’t cease now. Curtain needs to move up, you recognize. Come around and spot me after the express – I’ll have these fellows there. ’ Then he vanished, nonetheless smiling the elfin smile and waving the expressive hand; and Mr Scales, after hesitating a second, had grew to become away and got here down previous Florrie’s nook. He looked to be nonetheless sulky and quite preoccupied, yet, taking a look up, stuck sight of Florrie and grinned at her. there has been not anything elfin approximately Mr Scales’s smile, however it enhanced his face greatly. ‘Well, Florrie,’ stated Mr Scales, ‘we appear to be doing pretty much, financially talking, don’t we? ’ Florrie eagerly agreed. ‘But there,’ she saw, ‘we’re being used to that. Mr Drury’s a superb guy. It doesn’t topic what he’s in, all of them come to work out him. Of course,’ she additional, remembering that this could no longer sound very type, ‘he’s very smart at selecting the correct play. ’ ‘Oh, yes,’ acknowledged Mr Scales. ‘The play. i guess the play has whatever to do with it. no longer a lot, yet anything. have you ever visible the play, Florrie? ’ definite, certainly, Florrie had. Mr Drury used to be so variety, he constantly remembered to provide Florrie a cross early on within the run, whether the home used to be ever so complete. ‘What did you think that of it? ’ enquired Mr Scales. ‘I proposal it was once lovely,’ stated Florrie; ‘I cried ever so. whilst he got here again with just one arm and located his fiancée long past to the undesirable at a dinner party –’ ‘Just so,’ stated Mr Scales. ‘And the scene at the Embankment – stunning, i assumed that was once, while he rolls up his outdated military coat and says to the bobby, “I will relaxation on my laurels” – that used to be a gorgeous curtain line you gave him there, Mr Scales. and how he positioned it over –’ ‘Yes, rather,’ acknowledged Mr Scales. ‘There’s no one like Drury for placing over that sort of a line.

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