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ECR Lorac

Checkmate to Murder

Collins Crime Club 1944
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HERE are five people in Bruce Manaton's Hampstead studio one foggy day in January. At one end of the fifty foot studio Bruce Manaton is painting the portrait of an actor, Andre Delaunier, in the scarlet robes of a cardinal; at the other end Robert Cavenish of the Home Office is playing chess with lan McKellon a government chemist. Bruce's sister Rosanne is cooking supper in the little kitchen adjoining the studio. To Rosanne, an artist herself, occurred the thought that here was a scene set for a perfect pictorial composition. Actually, had she known, it was set for high tragedy. Even at that moment the quietness was broken by a knocking at the door. . . . E. C. R. Lorac

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