Contents

The Hotel at St James (1919): The lift boy at Avery Ferrett’s hotel is an impudent, off-putting young fellow, but who could have wanted him dead, and why are there gobstoppers all over the lift floor?

Castles on the Moon (1925): Niraj Deosthali is an eccentric Indian inventor, and there are those who would kill to get their hands on some of his ideas.

The Thirteenth Rule (1931): Duels are known to end in tragedy, but not quite like this. Is there more going on than meets the eye?

The Architect of Finchley (1949): Coleridge Swann has won the design competition for a new train station, but someone might not be too pleased about the neighbourhood changes his plans would entail.

The Dark Horse (1930s): Lionel "Lion" Scott believes his life is in danger, and requests that Eric Peterkin accompany him home to a very strained family reunion. But when death strikes, it isn’t Lion who falls.

The American Soldier (1975): Joseph Levine must have tried to make an accusation with his dying breath. Only one person was in a position to hear him, but why isn’t she talking?

The Brighton Souvenir (1920s): Janet Knight has been estranged from her mother for years. But now old Mrs. Knight is gone, and so is the seemingly inconsequential music box that is Janet’s inheritance.

The Model Gentleman (1910): Captain Henderson seems like a paragon of courage and virtue. What coward could dare shoot him in the back? The question has 11-year-old Eric Peterkin outraged and up in arms.

The Adventure of the Oxford Comma (1925): When Graham Chadwick breaks his skull on the office radiator, the pivotal clue could be an innocuous dab of ink.

Soup or Salad (1982): Caroline Moore has a peanut allergy. Could there be foul play involved when the dreaded ingredient finds its way into the soup served at the charity banquet she helped organise?

The Individual Foiled (1923): It’s a year to the Paris Olympics, and for the first time, women will be competing in the individual foil. It’s an historic event, and some are willing to fight dirty to be a part of it.

Death by Carrot Cake (1965): An American expatriate in Singapore succumbs to poison, but there doesn’t appear to have been any way the poison could have been administered.

Next Chapter: Castles on the Moon (part 1)