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The House Without the Door by Elizabeth Daly
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The House Without the Door (1942)

by Elizabeth Daly

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26 June 2016 ( )
  bigship | Jun 26, 2016 |
An old-fashioned fast and fun who-done-it, and who-may-do-it again) featuring Henry Gamadge as investigator. He specializes in old books but that doesn't stop him from quickly grasping people's motivations, strengths and weaknesses.

Gamadge's style is unconventional but brilliantly right on target! ( )
  Bookish59 | Mar 3, 2014 |
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Doom is the House Without the Door -
'Tis entered from the sun,
And then the ladder's thrown away
Because escape is done.

'Tis varied by the dream,
Of what they do outside...

From The Poems of Emily Dickinson
edited by Martha Dickinson Bianchi and
Alfred Leete Hampson. Reprinted by
permission of Little, Brown, & Company.
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Gamadge hunched up his shoulders against the rawness of the November air, and peered from under his hat-brim at the little archway with its ornamental lantern.
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Mrs. Vina Gregson should be sitting pretty. Acquitted of murdering her husband, she has inherited all his money, and can afford to dress in the height of 1940s style. Unfortunately, her fashionable clothing and coiffure go unseen, and much of her money unspent, as the Widow Gregson remains essentially a prisoner, trapped in her elegant New York apartment with occasional, furtive forays to her Connecticut estate. A jury may have found her innocent, but Mrs. Gregson remains a murderer in the eyes of the public, and of the tabloid journalists who hound her every step. Worse, she has recently begun receiving increasingly menacing letters – letters written, she is certain, by the person who killed her husband. Taking the matter to the police would only heighten her notoriety, so she calls on Henry Gamadge, the gentleman-sleuth known both for his discretion and for his ability to solve problems that baffle the police. Originally published in 1942, The House Without the Door is the epitome of the charmingly civilized mystery, offering ample proof as to why Ms. Daly was Agatha Christie’s favorite writer. A Henry Gamadge mystery

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