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Murders in Volume 2 (1941)

by Elizabeth Daly

Series: Henry Gamadge (3)

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'New York at its most charming? (New York Times) is the setting for Volume 2, first published in 1941. One hundred years earlier, a beautiful guest had disappeared from the wealthy Vauregard household, along with the second volume in a set of the collected works of Byron. Improbably enough, both guest and book seem to have reappeared, with neither having aged a day. The elderly Mr. Vauregard is inclined to believe the young woman's story of having vacationed on an astral plane. But his dubious niece calls in Henry Gamadge, gentleman-sleuth, expert in rare books, and sufficiently well-bred'it is hoped'to avoid distressing the Vauregard sensibilities. As Gamadge soon discovers, delicate sensibilities abound chez Vauregard, where the household includes an aging actress with ties to a spiritualist sect and a shy beauty with a shady (if crippled) fianc'. As always in this delightful series, Gamadge comes up trumps, but only after careful study of the other players? cards.… (more)
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This 3rd book in the Henry Gamadge series is the first to take place in Henry's home city of New York. Though his logic in the final summing up was obvious (once I read it), I had not managed to figure it out for myself despite there being no "hidden" clues or specialist knowledge that gave Henry any advantage. And there were some interesting possible developments in his personal life... ( )
  leslie.98 | Jul 31, 2020 |
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'New York at its most charming? (New York Times) is the setting for Volume 2, first published in 1941. One hundred years earlier, a beautiful guest had disappeared from the wealthy Vauregard household, along with the second volume in a set of the collected works of Byron. Improbably enough, both guest and book seem to have reappeared, with neither having aged a day. The elderly Mr. Vauregard is inclined to believe the young woman's story of having vacationed on an astral plane. But his dubious niece calls in Henry Gamadge, gentleman-sleuth, expert in rare books, and sufficiently well-bred'it is hoped'to avoid distressing the Vauregard sensibilities. As Gamadge soon discovers, delicate sensibilities abound chez Vauregard, where the household includes an aging actress with ties to a spiritualist sect and a shy beauty with a shady (if crippled) fianc'. As always in this delightful series, Gamadge comes up trumps, but only after careful study of the other players? cards.

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Old man is tricked to believe young woman has returned from the past; family worried who will he give his money to. 100 years ago, a young woman disappeared, with Volume II of Byron . Old man, and young actress, die. Gamadge and Clara meet (Clara was seeing a man crippled by a horse fall, her fault she believes). Blackmailer.
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