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By Freeman Wills Crofts

While the battered physique of Sir William Ponson is located within the Cranshaw River close to his domestic, Luce Manor, it's doubtful if it is an coincidence, suicide—or homicide. while the proof issues to the latter Inspector Tanner of Scotland backyard is named in. those that would get advantages such a lot from his loss of life, his son and his nephew, would appear to have unbreakable alibis. yet do they. after which there's the mysterious 5th guy who’s footprints have been chanced on on the crime scene. to unravel the case, Inspector Tanner needs to tune him down and notice the secrets and techniques at the back of …The Ponson Case!

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The passage during which they have been status, and rancid which opened the smoking room, library, billiard room and this cloakroom, ran on earlier the doorways of those rooms, and resulted in a small conservatory, from which an outer door led into the grounds. the 2 males walked to this door and attempted it. It was once closed, yet now not fixed. ‘He’s long past out definite enough,’ acknowledged Parkes. ‘I locked that door myself whilst I went around after dinner. ’ They stepped open air. The evening was once high quality, yet very darkish. there has been no moon, and the sky was once overcast. A faint air used to be stirring, yet not often adequate to maneuver the leaves. every thing was once very nonetheless, with the exception of the low, muffled roar of the Cranshaw waterfall, a few part mile or extra away. ‘I anticipate he’s stepped over to Hawksworth’s,’ acknowledged Parkes eventually. ‘He occasionally drops in of a night. yet he’s by no means been so past due as this. ’ ‘Maybe there’s a celebration of a few variety on, and whilst he grew to become up they’ve had him remain. ’ ‘It may possibly be,’ Parkes admitted. ‘We may perhaps to boot move by any means. ’ They back to the butler’s room, and resumed their interrupted dialogue. Twelve struck, then half-past, then one. Innes yawned. ‘I wouldn’t brain how quickly I went to mattress, Mr Parkes. What do you are feeling like? ’ ‘I don’t think sleepy,’ the opposite again, after which, after a pause: ‘I don’t brain confessing it's not that i am particularly effortless approximately Sir William. i might be blissful he had again. ’ ‘You’re afraid—of what you have been asserting? ’ ‘I am. I don’t deny it. i believe fearful. ’ ‘Supposing we have been to get a number of lanterns and feature a stroll around open air? ’ The butler thought of this advice. ‘I am of opinion greater not,’ he stated eventually. ‘If Sir William came upon us so engaged, he will be very pissed off. ’ ‘Maybe you’re correct, Mr Parkes. What do you recommend? ’ ‘I imagine we had larger wait as we're it slow longer. Take one other cigar, and make your self cozy. ’ As either males settled themselves in effortless chairs, the dialog started to wane, and prior to the clock struck back their regular respiring confirmed that every had followed the most productive recognized manner of passing monotonous time. approximately six o’clock the butler woke up with a commence. He felt chilly and stiff, and for a second couldn't remember what had occurred. Then, remembering, he woke the valet. ‘Six o’clock, Innes. We had higher cross and spot if Sir William has back. ’ They retraced their around of the former evening, yet every little thing used to be as ahead of. they can locate no hint in their grasp. ‘It’s daylight,’ went on Parkes, while their seek was once whole. ‘We may have a stroll out now, i believe. ’ Leaving through the small conservatory door in conjunction with the billiard-room wing, they walked down the force. The solar had simply risen—a wonderful, ruddy ball within the clearest of blue skies, giving promise of an ideal day. every little thing used to be delightfully clean. The glowing dew-drops made the scene fairylike, and the fresh, fragrant odor of the bushes and earth was once of their nostrils. now not a breath of wind stirred, and the air was once choked with the songs of birds, with, like a strong yet subdued dominant pedal, the sullen roar of the far-off fall.

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