It had seemed an innocent lark, a group of young friends taking a short term lease on a holdover from London's past, an elegant house full of history and genuine if shabby furnishings. But when a silly prank turns tragic and one of their number, pretending to be a ghost, is shot dead by a pistol supposedly filled with blanks, the holiday becomes a matter for the police, specifically Chief Inspector Pointer of Scotland Yard. Was the death truly just a tragic accident, or was something more sinister behind it? There are plenty of clues and presumed motives, but almost from the beginning Pointer suspects there is than meets the eye to . . . The Tall House Mystery!
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About the Author
The identity of the author is as much a mystery as the plots of the novels. Two dozen novels were published from 1924 to 1944 as by Archibald Fielding, A. E. Fielding, or Archibald E. Fielding, yet the only clue as to the real author is a comment by the American publishers, H.C. Kinsey Co. that A. E. Fielding was in reality a "middle-aged English woman by the name of Dorothy Feilding whose peacetime address is Sheffield Terrace, Kensington, London, and who enjoys gardening." Research on the part of John Herrington has uncovered a person by that name living at 2 Sheffield Terrace from 1932-1936. She appears to have moved to Islington in 1937 after which she disappears. To complicate things, some have attributed the authorship to Lady Dorothy Mary Evelyn Moore nee Feilding (1889-1935), however, a grandson of Lady Dorothy denied any family knowledge of such authorship. The archivist at Collins, the British publisher, reports that any records of A. Fielding were presumably lost during WWII. Birthdates have been given variously as 1884, 1889, and 1900. Unless new information comes to light, it would appear that the real authorship must remain a mystery.