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VINTAGE BRITISH MYSTERIES - 6 Intriguing Brainteasers in One Premium Edition The Shadow of the Rope, The Camera Fiend, Dead Men Tell No Tales, Witching Hill, Stingaree, At the Pistol's Point & The Shadow of a Man (Thriller Classics Series) von Hornung, E. W. (eBook)

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VINTAGE BRITISH MYSTERIES - 6 Intriguing Brainteasers in One Premium Edition

This carefully crafted ebook: 'VINTAGE BRITISH MYSTERIES - 6 Intriguing Brainteasers in One Premium Edition' is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. The Shadow of the Rope - a love story and an unusual murder mystery unfolded through the eyes of different character with a surprising twist in the end! The Camera Fiend - a tale of a young photographer who wants to capture the moment when a person's soul leaves the body! Dead Men Tell No Tales - after losing the love of his life in a shipwreck the protagonist gets the shock of his life upon learning that the ship was sunk deliberately. Who did it and why? Witching Hill - when supernatural elements trouble the inhabitants of a new estate everyone tries their best to explain things rationally but is it that simple? Stingaree: A Voice in the Wilderness - in a desperate attempt to save his life, a convict from London escapes to the Australian outback, will he survive? At the Pistol's Point - an old man comes face to face with an escaped convict. Where will this lead to? The Shadow of a Man - a man and a woman are chatting amicably when a stranger interrupts them. Who is he? And what does he wants? Ernest William Hornung (1866-1921) was an English author and a war poet known for writing the A. J. Raffles series of stories about a gentleman thief in late 19th-century London. It was a deliberate inversion of his brother-in-law Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes series. Hornung's works are also remembered for giving insight into the social mores of late 19th and early 20th century British society.

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    Format: ePUB
    Kopierschutz: watermark
    Seitenzahl: 610
    Erscheinungsdatum: 13.06.2016
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9788026865285
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VINTAGE BRITISH MYSTERIES - 6 Intriguing Brainteasers in One Premium Edition

Chapter II
The Case for the Crown

Table of Contents

It was years since there had been a promise of such sensation at the Old Bailey, and never, perhaps, was competition keener for the very few seats available in that antique theatre of justice. Nor, indeed, could the most enterprising of modern managers, with the star of all the stages at his beck for the shortest of seasons, have done more to spread the lady's fame, or to excite a passionate curiosity in the public mind, than was done for Rachel Minchin by her official enemies of the Metropolitan Police.

Whether these gentry had their case even more complete than they pretended, when the prisoner was finally committed for trial, or whether the last discoveries were really made in the ensuing fortnight, is now of small account-though the point provided more than one excuse for acrimony on the part of defending counsel during the hearing of the case. It is certain, however, that shortly after the committal it became known that much new evidence was to be forthcoming at the trial; that the case against the prisoner would be found even blacker than before; and that the witnesses were so many in number, and their testimony so entirely circumstantial, that the proceedings were expected to occupy a week.

Sure enough, the case was accorded first place in the November Sessions, with a fair start on a Monday morning toward the latter end of the month. In the purlieus of the mean, historic court, it was a morning not to be forgotten, and only to be compared with those which followed throughout the week. The prisoner's sex, her youth, her high bearing, and the peculiar isolation of her position, without a friend to stand by her in her need, all appealed to the popular imagination, and produced a fascination which was only intensified by the equally general feeling that no one else could have committed the crime. From the judge downward, all connected with the case were pestered for days beforehand with more or less unwarrantable applications for admission. And when the time came, the successful suppliant had to elbow every yard of his way from Newgate Street or Ludgate Hill; to pass three separate barriers held by a suspicious constabulary; to obtain the good offices of the Under Sheriff, through those of his liveried lackeys; and finally to occupy the least space, on the narrowest of seats, in a varnished stall filled with curiously familiar faces, within a few feet of the heavily veiled prisoner in the dock, and not many more from the red-robed judge upon the bench.

The first to take all this trouble on the Monday morning, and the last to escape from the foul air (shot by biting draughts) when the court adjourned, was a white-headed gentleman of striking appearance and stamina to match; for, undeterred by the experience, he was in like manner first and last upon each subsequent day. Behind him came and went the well-known faces, the authors and the actors with a semi-professional interest in the case; but they were not well known to the gentleman with the white head. He heard no more than he could help of their constant whisperings, and, if he knew not at whom he more than once had occasion to turn and frown, he certainly did not look the man to care. He had a well-preserved reddish face, with a small mouth of extraordinary strength, a canine jaw, and singularly noble forehead; but his most obvious distinction was his full head of snowy hair. The only hair upon his face, a pair of bushy eyebrows, was so much darker as to suggest a dye; but the eyes themselves were black as midnight, with a glint of midnight stars, and of such a subtle inscrutability that a certain sweetness of expression came only as the last surprise in a face full of contrast and contradiction.

No one in court had ever seen this man before; no one but the Under Sheriff learnt his name during the week; but by the third day his identity was a s

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