Unexpected night

327 pages

English language

Published May 6, 1991 by Thorndike Press, Thorndike Pr.

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It was to have been just a few quiet days of golf for Henry Gamadge, the charming and genteel consultant on old books, autographs and inks—whose fame in detection surpassed his reputation as a bibliophile. But the script suddenly changed when Amberley Crowden's body was found at the base of a cliff. Only Gamadge doubted that it was an accidental death. Why the dramatic staging? And what role did Amberley's cousin and the troupe of actors at the Cove play in the ensuing strange twists and turns of events? Gamadge deduced that a new script was being written, one of blatant murder and backstage mayhem, and his role was to resolve it all before the final curtain fell on yet another member of this unlikely cast of characters.

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Young Amberley Cowden stands to inherit $1 million on his 21st birthday. If he dies before reaching the age of 21, his money leaves the family. Amberley's health is very poor, though. He had rheumatic fever as a child and it severely damaged his heart. There is considerable doubt that he will live to see his birthday. Despite this, Amberley tries to live as full a life as he can. He decides to go to Ford’s Beach, a resort, because his cousin, Arthur Atwood, is the member of a traveling theater troupe at nearby Seal Cove.

Amberley and his party check into Ocean House, a hotel. Amberley plans to meet up with Atwood and the troupe the following day. However, things don’t quite work out that way. The following morning, Amberley’s battered body is found at the bottom of a nearby cliff. It appears he suffered a fatal heart attack …

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