Old Hall, New Hall
Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub
The forbears of Sir John Jory, of New Hall, would seem to have committed several foul acts, including tomb-robbery and murder. Old Hall, the family's former residence, is now a University. Biographer Colin Clout, engaged to write an account of one of Jory's ancestors, gets caught up in a frenzied treasure hunt as rival interests and rival claimants probe the past and naked greed comes to the fore.
learned journals. That couple of hours after dinner with your batch of books from the London Library. Nothing is more important.’ ‘What are his books, anyway?’ ‘Oho!’ Gingrass was jocose. ‘That would be cheating – eh? No short cuts in research.’ Clout was silent. It was quite plain to him that Gingrass had never had a volume of Milder’s in his hands in his life; that he had probably heard of him for the first time, indeed, that morning. ‘But of course it’s quite fair to tell you what he’s
Incidentally, Edward must have had a guilty conscience too, or he wouldn’t have been so easily taken in by what the Duke put across him. But I agree there’s still a lot waiting to be found out.’ ‘What happened afterwards.’ ‘Exactly. I don’t think there’s much doubt about Edward. He did bolt from the country and never returned.’ ‘He didn’t have much chance to, Colin. He died about a year afterwards.’ ‘Yes, I know. And he wouldn’t be in a hurry to return to England, if he and his drunken
could see. ‘I suppose Colin’s in there?’ she asked coldly. ‘In there? Colin?’ Miss Sackett was certainly startled. At the same time, she looked rather threatening. For a moment Olivia couldn’t decide quite why. Then she saw that it was because the girl was casually swinging what might be called a blunt instrument. It was, in fact, a crowbar. ‘Colin?’ Sadie repeated. ‘No, he’s not here. He’s gone to lunch with that American professor – Milder.’ And she added: ‘I’ve been doing a bit of cleaning up
Graeco-Roman c-c-copy, and I’ve just looked that up in a b-b-book.’ There was another long silence. Again it was Clout who had to break it. ‘I’m terribly sorry, Olivia. That’s all I can say.’ ‘It doesn’t matter a bit.’ He looked at her in wonder, for she had never appeared to him so marvellous. ‘You mean you don’t really care about who gets all this potential wealth?’ ‘Well, I don’t care which branch of the Jorys gets it. That’s irrelevant now. You see’ – and she smiled dazzingly – ‘Jerry
he is in grave danger. When one of the pseudo-sheiks if murdered, Appleby finds himself in the midst of an international political crisis. Silence Observed Respected Fine Art experts are deceived in one of the most intriguing murder cases Inspector Appleby has ever faced, beginning with Gribble, a collector of forgeries whose latest acquisition is found to be a forged forgery! In the words of Appleby himself: ‘Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad. Just a little mad, for a