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It’s been over 20 years since I read this book.  So I thought it was about time that I gave Elizabeth Daly’s Henry Gamadge series a fresh airing and hopefully blow a few cobwebs away from my brain.

First published in 1940.  My copy is the Otto Penzler reprint paperback edition of 1994.

Elizabeth Daly is listed to be one of Agatha Christie’s favourite authors and I can understand why.

Her stories are well written, plotted and with a main character in the form of Henry Gamadge, noted authority on rare manuscripts and handwriting.   Gamadge reminds me a bit of Margery Allingham’s Albert Campion, with his all-seeing aloofness to the situation presented to him.

Her mysteries are full of atmosphere and intrigue, that will draw you in, hold you captive and guessing right until the end.

The Elizabeth Daly books are well worth reading.  Some are still available to buy or borrow.

Just hours after invalid Amberley Cowden turned 21 and inherited 1 million dollars, his body is found on the rocks.  If he died a few hours earlier, his fortune would have gone to another branch of the family.

What had he been doing up there on the cliff top?  Had he gone up there to meet someone?

Henry Gamadge’s quiet golf trip is disturbed by the events as he is drawn into the investigation.

5 Stars*****

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