Death Sits on the Board

St. Swithin Press
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“The murders are
most ingeniously planned and executed, and even Dr. Priestley is put to a
severe test before the story is ended.” —The New York Times

Constable Frean had
an unpleasant sensation that he was not, as he seemed to be, patrolling a
respectable London suburb, but was back at the Front in the year 1918, enduring
a particularly vicious bombardment. Crash! With a roar like a bursting shell
the roof of a nearby house blew off. Heading a rescue party, the constable
found part of the house in ruins, and the owner, Sir Andrew Wiggenhall,
missing. Eventually, his remains, or part of them, were discovered in the
garden. Thus passed the Chairman of the Board of Porslin Ltd.

Some months later
another member of the same board of directors died in mysterious circumstances.
Still another followed shortly.

The reason for
these apparently unrelated mysteries puzzled the police and intrigued Dr. Priestley. After a series of clever
deductions, and as a result of clues which led far back into the past, he
unearthed the secret of the Death that sat on the Board of Directors.

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Nov 18, 2013
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The Bloody Tower by John Rhode, also published as The Tower of Evil

“Any murder planned
my Mr. Rhode is bound to be ingenious.”—The Observer

The old man dragged his dilapidated chair
to the window. With difficulty, he slowly extended a gnarled, shaking hand and
pointed toward a distant, formless bulk outlined against the sunset. “The tower
still stands,” he said in a high-pitched, quivering voice, which seemed to
conceal a note of triumph.

Strange words from a man who has just been
told that his eldest son lies dead, killed by the inescapable explosion of his
own shotgun. To be sure, the body had been found near the tower, but what could
be the significance of this ungainly structure that the old man should mention
it so mysteriously? Could the key exist within the old letter bearing biblical
citations alongside a cipher of odd, hand-drawn shapes?

Subsequent developments draw Jimmy Waghorn
and Inspector Hanslet far from the actual crime scene in their search for the
murderer. When they finally bring their theory to that intrepid
scientist-detective, Dr. Priestley, he offers a strangely enigmatic suggestion
which throws new light on the case and sets them on the track of an amazing

“There are times when I think he is the
finest detective story writer of them all.”—The Manchester Evening Star

“He must hold the record for the invention
of ingenious ways of taking life.”—The Sunday

“It is the soundness of his method that
keeps him in the front rank of detective story artists.”—The London News

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