Escapade

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In the summer of 1921, English society is fascinated by the spiritual world - perhaps no one more than the great mystery writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, one of thirteen eager guests at a weekend party and seance in a stately Devon manor house steeped in history and tradition. But, as Sir Arthur puts it, "Something very strange, and very sinister, is occurring here at Maplewhite." Whatever it is, warns his skeptical friend Harry Houdini, it is most certainly of this world, and no other. Their suspicions are amply ...
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Overview

In the summer of 1921, English society is fascinated by the spiritual world - perhaps no one more than the great mystery writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, one of thirteen eager guests at a weekend party and seance in a stately Devon manor house steeped in history and tradition. But, as Sir Arthur puts it, "Something very strange, and very sinister, is occurring here at Maplewhite." Whatever it is, warns his skeptical friend Harry Houdini, it is most certainly of this world, and no other. Their suspicions are amply confirmed when their host, the Earl of Axminster, is found murdered - in a locked room. Suspects and secrets abound, from the lovely Lady Purleigh and her nubile daughter, Cecily, to Dr. Erik Auerbach, the Viennese psychoanalyst, to Mme. Sosostris, the renowned European medium. Nobody is quite what they appear to be, and everyone has something to hide, in a mystery so puzzling that it baffles not only Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but even the Great Houdini himself. Only the two greatest masterminds of artful deceit could solve a crime so ingeniously crafted and cunningly executed.

It's the summer of 1921. At a weekend party in an English country manor, the discovery of a dead body in a locked room pits the minds of a brilliant escape artist and a famous detective novelist against that of a fiendishly clever murderer. Will an American private eye beat two 20th century heroes to the punch and find the killer--before he finds them? Martin's Press.

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Set in the 1920s, Satterthwait's novel mixes spiritualism with a locked-room murder mystery in a tale featuring Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312959203
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1996
  • Series: Dead Letter Mystery Series
  • Pages: 355
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.47 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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