Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham, Ngaio Marsh, Dorothy L. Sayers, Patricia Wentworth

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‘I judge him to have been dead just about twenty-four hours. Suicide, almost certainly.’

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‘I judge him to have been dead just about twenty-four hours. Suicide, almost certainly.’

Ludovic Travers polished his eyeglasses. Inspector Wharton grunted—sure signs of impending mystery. And they were right.

The car took the wrong turning and landed them in double murder dressed as suicide. In one room, made up for her principal success, Mary Tudor, was Mary Legreye—poisoned on her throne. In the next, the handyman—dead on the floor. Nothing initially justifies arrest—but Travers pursues his hunch, breaks a cast-iron alibi, and justifies, as never before, his reputation for unerring intuition.

The Case of the Tudor Queen was originally published in 1938. This new edition features an introduction by crime fiction historian Curtis Evans.

Praise

“The visionary Travers seems to be crooning to himself with considerable justice: ‘We are the alibi breakers; we are the dreamers of dreams.’”OBSERVER

Bibliographic Data

Category: Crime Fiction
Publication Date: February 2018
Territories: World English
ISBN: 978 1 912574 01 8 (paperback)/978 1 912574 02 5 (ebook)

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“Have you heard the news, sir?” the waiter said.

“I’m afraid I haven’t. What is it?”

“Plumley’s dead, sir. Henry Plumley. We just got the news over the ’phone. Suicide they say it was. Anything else you want, sir?”

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I am going to commit a murder. I offer no apology for the curtness of the statement.

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“And that’s not all. Somers is dead too … He poisoned himself … in the lounge!”

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Somebody at that very moment might be watching from behind the hedge! Melodramatic perhaps—but the fact remained that one murder had been committed and a second seemed more than likely.

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However thorough your search was, I’m convinced the murderer, or the burglar—call him what you will—is still in the house.

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“If you don’t think I’m taking a liberty in saying so, my opinion is that he was knocked down first and hanged after!”

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Travers looked down at the face. On the collar was a red patch and a long streak. Across the throat was a gash.

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“It was some sort of sudden death?”

Travers made a face. “It certainly was sudden. I’ll say it’s ten to one it was murder.”

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“Let us know when you’re dead!”

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Old Hunt slithered in the most amazing way and then fell to the floor. He lay between the seats, face upwards.

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“Send someone here quick. There’s been a murder!”

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Travers turned to Wharton. “I ask you, George, as a man of the world—do schoolmasters and mistresses have souls full of glamour and passion and intrigue? Are they torn by the same emotions that rend people like us?”

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“Murder is easy. It’s child’s play to commit murder and get away with it.”

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Murder on Mondays! Greatest prophecy of the century! T.P. Luffham was murdered!

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“It’s terrible. It’s a body . . . the head cut off . . . and the hands.”

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Travers looked down at the thing that sprawled. The head gave a last movement, and there was a faint sound like a tired moan. The time was eight minutes to eight.

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“You needn’t look impatient, sir. He’ll be finished with you long before dinner.ˮ

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Palmer saw him out, and gave that little deprecatory cough.

“If you’ll pardon me, sir, is it another murder?”

“Looks like it,” Travers told him from the door.

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“George Wharton said he hoped I’d have a nice murder for you.”

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