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“There are comparatively few masters of the crime short story; it is an unusually difficult form avoided by many writers in spite of the fact that, if we remember Poe, it was the original form of the genre. Cyril Hare’s are among the shortest and the best.” — Melvyn Barnes, Best Detective Fiction
Contents: “Where there’s a will—” — Miss Burnside’s dilemma — Name of Smith — Murderer’s luck — The tragedy of young Macintyre — Weight and see — “It takes two…” — Death of a blackmailer — The old flame — “As the inspector said…” — Death among friends — The story of Hermione — A surprise for Christmas — The heel — The rivals — The ruling passion — The death of Amy Robsart — I never forget a face — A life for a life — The Markhampton miracle — A very useful relationship — Sister Bessie — Line out of order — Dropper’s delight — Monday’s child — Tuesday’s child — Wednesday’s child — Thursday’s child — Friday’s child — Saturday’s child
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