support against a revolving bookcase stood Millicent Porter, and her waxen pallor brought a startled cry to Vera's lips.
"Yes, I heard," Millicent could hardly articulate, and her glance strayed hopelessly about the room. "I -- I must go to mother."
"Surely." Vera laid a soothing hand on her shoulder. "But first take a sip of this," and she poured out a glass of cognac from the decanter left in the room after the dinner the night before. She had almost to force the stimulant down the girl's throat, then, placing her arm about her waist, she half supported her out of the room and up the staircase.
As they came into view Hugh Wyndham left his post by Brainard's door and darted toward them. Millicent waved him back and shrank from his proffered hand.
"Not now, dear Hugh," she stammered, reading the compassion in his fine dark eyes. "I must see mother -- and alone." With the false strength induced by the cognac she freed herself gently from Vera's encircling arm and, entering her moth
This started well, the typical early 20th century mystery--trouble among the aristocrats with a group of fascinating (albeit unlikely) characters. About halfway through the tale runs off the rails, becoming exceedingly complex, melodramatic, and even less realistic than before.
Nine different people are suspected of the murder and each of them have a good motive for doing so. The book was so cleverly written that I found myself suspecting each character throughout the book. I find it very hard to believe that the other reviewer had it "pinned from the start." The end came as a surprise, yet was not cheesy or corny. I only have two problems with the book. The first is that the title is pretty much unrelated. The Moving Finger is a very random title. The second is that there are a lot of errors in the book, but I can handle that. Overall, a good mystery.
Had the culprit pinned from the start, maybe I should read less mysteries. This one seemed too transparent, and it had many transcription errors (it's not from PG).
When Bruce Brainard is murdered at Dewdrop Inn everyone seems to have a motive.