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HAVE you ever met a cat 'wearing a moustache like an Italian ice-cream merchant's? Probably not, and if ever you do it is not unlikely that you will become involved in as surprising a series of events as Inspector Peering does in this story. When a wealthy lady holds a psychic seance in her country house and invites a police officer on leave—who arrives to find the house completely empty and later discovers her ladyship's manservant dead in a ditch—when the trail leads to a private asylum in charge of a doctor almost as peculiar as his patients, and among the clues are a dwarf, a clairvoyant, a rose that turns into a cigarette and a music-hall dancer who sends out code messages during his 'turn,' then obviously here is a deep-laid scheme for the amiable inspector to unravel. All these ingredients, and others no less unusual, make up an eerie story which is mysterious to the last page.
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