een dark indeed, judging by his somber and undecided aspect.
More than once he looked up at the attic window of the cottage which had drawn his eyes before tragedy had come so swiftly to his very feet. But, if he hoped to see anyone, he was disappointed, though, in the event, it proved that his real fear was lest the person he half expected to see should look out.
He was not disturbed in that way, however. Fish rose in the river; birds sang in the trees; a water-wagtail skipped nimbly from rock to rock in the shallows; honey-laden bees hummed past to the many hives in the postmaster's garden. These were the normal sights and sounds of a June morning--that which was abnormal and almost grotesque in its horror lay hidden beneath the carriage rug.
To and fro he walked in that trying vigil, carrying the empty pipe in one hand while, with the other, he dabbed the handkerchief at the cut on his face. He was aware of some singular change in the quality of the sunlight pouring down on lawn and ri
Excellent, and the story line was especially realistically woven. Recommended.
Oh, yes. This is the third Louis Tracy novel that I have read featuring those two redoubtable detectives Winter & Furneaux. I must have more!!
I love these books. I have been reading mysteries for over 50 years (starting with Nancy Drew and her chums), and I don't know how I missed these. They are wonderful! If you are going to read them, start with "The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley." It seems that that is the book that introduces the two detectives as the descriptions given are much more elaborate than in the two books following, which are (in order) "Number Seventeen" and "The Postmaster's Daughter." For heaven's sake, if you are a mystery buff, don't miss these! Enjoy.