By Dolores Gordon-Smith
Whilst Mrs Paxton, concerning the aristocratic Leigh relatives of Sussex, is located poisoned in her bed room one morning, palms element in the direction of her artist nephew Terence Napier, visible leaving the home previous that prior night after a row over her will. Months later and Napier hasn't ever been came upon, yet apparently a lifeless physique is chanced on in a educate compartment, and scattered on the useless man's ft are the well-known Leigh sapphires – a necklace owned through Mrs Paxton, yet destined to return to the Leighs within the occasion of her death.
Scotland backyard once more name upon the companies of writer Jack Haldean to aid resolve this most intricate of situations. quickly there are hyperlinks to a serial thief and assassin, often called the The Vicar, and it sort of feels there's extra to this situation than a relations feud over inheritance.
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The pneumonia was a help, for there would tend to be some liquid in the lungs, as might well be the case if the man had died while floating in the rough sea. If a postmortem examination was made by someone who had formed the preconceived idea that the death was probably due to drown ing there was little likelihood that the difference between this liquid, in the lungs that had started to decompose, and sea water would be noticed. Indeed, a postmortem examination in Spain concluded that death was due to drowning and the bogus documents were accepted as authentic.
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