By Josephine Tey

Robert Blair used to be approximately to knock off from a sluggish day at his legislation company whilst the telephone rang. It used to be Marion Sharpe at the line, a neighborhood lady of quiet disposition who lived together with her mom at their decrepit kingdom residence, The Franchise. It seemed that she used to be in a few severe difficulty: pass over Sharpe and her mom have been accused of brutally kidnapping a demure younger lady named Betty Kane. omit Kane's claims appeared hugely not going, even to Inspector Alan furnish of Scotland backyard, until eventually she defined her legal -- the attic room with its cracked window, the kitchen, and the previous trunks -- which sounded remarkably just like the Franchise. but Marion Sharpe claimed the Kane lady had by no means been there, not to mention been held captive for a whole month! now not believing Betty Kane's tale, Solicitor Blair takes up the case and, in a stunning feat of beginner detective paintings, solves the incredible secret that stumped even Inspector furnish.

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Yes," she said, meaningly. " Since his last thought as he came to her front door a few minutes ago had been how badly placed was the little round window in the roof, there seemed to Robert to be no adequate comment. Grant made his usual pause for courtesy's sake, and went on. "Presently the younger woman arrived with a bowl of porridge. The girl refused it and demanded her clothes and her release. The woman said that she would eat it when she was hungry enough and went away, leaving the porridge behind.

In a distressed condition ? she said that she had been detained by people who wanted to make a servant of her. They kept her locked up when she refused, and beat and starved her. She described the place and the people minutely, and it so happens that you and I fit the description admirably. So does our house. " "Remarkably interesting," said the old lady, seating herself with deliberation on an Empire sofa. " "We have one of those 'lead' things, I think. They make a whip if necessary. " "Have you any objections, Mrs.

Oh, we gave it to the cowman's wife over at Staples Farm. Her eldest boy got too big to share a room with the others any more and she put him up in their loft. We get our dairy stuff from Staples. " "Where do you keep your spare trunks, Miss Sharpe? " For the first time Marion hesitated. "We do have a large square trunk with a flat top, but my mother uses it to store things in. When we inherited The Franchise there was a very valuable tallboy in the bedroom my mother has, and we sold it, and used the big trunk instead.

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