A Question of Proof (Nigel Strangeways, Book 1) by Nicholas Blake

By Nicholas Blake

A classic homicide MYSTERY

The annual activities Day at revered public institution Sudeley corridor results in tragedy whilst the headmaster's obnoxious nephew is located strangled in a haystack. The boy used to be despised by means of employees and scholars alike, yet English grasp Michael Evans, who was once obvious sharing a kiss with the headmaster's attractive younger spouse previous that day, quickly turns into a main suspect for the homicide. fortunately, his buddy Nigel Strangeways, nephew to the Assistant Commissioner of Scotland backyard, is to be had to aid examine the case.

A Nigel Strangeways homicide secret - the proper advent to the main fascinating and erudite detective in Golden Age crime fiction.

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Years since, I was at your shop in Kennington Road, tracing the Six Napoleons. At that time, I told you aside that you had best shut up business and vanish, like your unhappy father. And again, last December, we met and I gave you another friendly warning. " "Never you mind where I lodge," sniffed Hudson. His short, broad body was dressed in filthy clothes. His gray hair bristled untidily and his face flamed red. In one hand he poised his weapon, an old basket-hilted saber. He sneezed violently.

Something clanked outside, clanked again. The noise grew louder as Holmes spoke. "I daresay it is a Martian fighting-machine," said Holmes. "I was careful as I came along this street, but you were too intent on following me and making your threats. " Clank, clank, just outside the building. "That's nothing," cried Hudson wildly. "An awning, creaking in the wind. Your tricks can't make me afraid. " He took another heavy step, the saber whipped up high. Holmes seized a bar stool. Hudson cut savagely at him, and the saber's edge bit deeply into the wooden seat of the stool as Holmes warded off the blow.

But Holmes held up his hand. "Gentlemen, the regular army has tried to fight and was hopelessly defeated," he reminded them. "The Invaders saw at once how we gave battle and brought that sort of resistance to less than nothing. Their heat-ray weapon wipes out whole crowds at a single flash. It destroys houses and guns like wisps of straw. There is also a rumor of some sort of vapor, called black smoke, that smothers any living thing it touches, like bees smoked from a hive. " asked Trevor. " "As of now I would favor scattering before them, which is not quite the same as running.

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