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  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
  • Language:English
  • Pages:798
  • Format:Hardcover
  • Hardcover ISBN:9781667814643

The Murder on the Links and More Detective Mysteries

Mademoiselle Rouletabille Mary Eliska Girl Detective - Book 18

by William A. Stricklin

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Overview
This is a remarkably good detective story set in the northerly fringes of France. The plot has peculiar complications and the reader will have to be very astute in order to guess who the criminal is until the last complexity is unraveled. Some plot twists are inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Adventure of the Abbey Grange". Principal Characters • Mary Eliska Girl Detective - The famous girl detective called in by the man who would be murdered. • Albert - Mary Eliska Girl Detective's assistant on the case, accompanying her at her request, and the narrator of the story. As Albert, the writer and narrator I ride with Mademoiselle Rouletabille Mary Eliska Girl Detective to Merlinville-sur-Mer, France, to meet Paul Renauld, who requested help. Upon arriving at his home, the Villa Genevieve, local police greet us with news that he has been found dead that morning. Renauld had been stabbed in the back with a knife and left in a newly dug grave adjacent to a local golf course. His wife, Eloise Renauld, claims masked men broke into the villa at 2 am, tied her up, and took her husband away with them. Upon inspecting his body, Eloise collapses with grief at seeing her dead husband. M. Giraud of the Sûreté leads police investigation, and resents our involvement; M. Hautet, the Examining Magistrate, is more open to sharing information. As Albert, the writer and narrator of the detective mystery I let my wits wander romantically after "Cinderella" an auburn-haired female acrobat as Mademoiselle Mary Eliska Girl Detective pits her brilliance against the sneering sophisticate of a French policeman. The original author deserves commendation for the care with which the detective mystery develops and the craftsmanship with which it is written, ingenious in construction and unravelling of more and more mystery, with fresh interests and new entanglements at every turn.
Description
Foreshadowing • Mary Eliska Girl Detective and Albert travel to Merlinville-sur-Mer, France, to meet Paul Renauld, who has requested their help. Upon arriving at his home, the Villa Genevieve, local police greet them with news that he has been found dead that morning. Renauld had been stabbed in the back with a knife and left in a newly dug grave adjacent to a local golf course. His wife, Eloise Renauld, claims masked men broke into the villa at 2 am, tied her up, and took her husband away with them. Upon inspecting his body, Eloise collapses with grief at seeing her dead husband. Monsieur Giraud of the Sûreté leads the police investigation, and resents Poirot's involvement; Monsieur Hautet, the Examining Magistrate, is more open to sharing key information with him. • Mary Eliska Girl Detective notes four key facts about the case: a piece of lead piping is found near the body; only three female servants were in the villa as both Renauld's son Jack and his chauffeur had been sent away; an unknown person visited the day before, whom Renauld urged to leave immediately; Renauld's immediate neighbor, Madame Daubreuil, had placed 200,000 francs into her bank account over recent weeks. When Renauld's secretary, Gabriel Stonor, returns from England, he suggests blackmail, as his employer's past is a complete mystery prior to his career in South America. Meanwhile, Hastings unexpectedly encounters a young woman he met before, known to him as "Cinderella", who asks to see the crime scene, and then mysteriously disappears with the murder weapon. Mary Eliska Girl Detective later travels to Paris to research the case's similarities to that of a murder case from 22 years ago, which has only one difference - the killer, Georges Conneau, later confessed to the crime, in which he and his lover, Madame Beroldy, had plotted to kill her husband and claim that the murder was carried out by masked intruders; both disappeared soon afterwards. • Returning from Paris, Mary Eliska Girl Detectivelearns that the body of an unknown man has been found, stabbed through the heart with the murder weapon. An examination shows he has the hands of a tramp, that he died before Renauld's murder from an epileptic fit, and that he was stabbed after death. Giraud arrests Jack on the basis he wanted his father's money; Jack had admitted to police he had argued with his father over wishing to marry Mme Daubreuil's daughter Marthe, whom his parents found unsuitable. Mary Eliska Girl Detective reveals a flaw in Giraud's theory, as Renauld changed his will two weeks before his murder, disinheriting Jack. Soon afterwards, Jack is released from prison after Bella Duveen, an English stage performer he loves, confesses to the murder. Both had come across the body on the night of the murder, and assumed the other had killed Renauld. Mary Eliska Girl Detective reveals neither did, as the real killer was Marthe Daubreuil. • Mary Eliska Girl Detective elaborates on her theory. Paul Renauld was really Georges Conneau; fleeing France, he changed his name in Canada to start a new life for himself. After gaining a wife and a son, and making a fortune in South America, he returned to France to settle down with his new family. By misfortune, he found that his immediate neighbor would be Mme Beroldy; like him, she changed her identity to become Mme Daubreuil. Blackmailed by her over his past, Renauld's situation worsens when Jack becomes attracted to her daughter. When a tramp died on his grounds, he saw an opportunity to escape Mme Daubreuil. He will use the same ruse from before, but with one difference: this time, he would use it to fake his own death. His plan was simple - staging his own kidnapping at night, he would disfigure the tramp's body with the pipe, and then bury both beside the golf course, before fleeing the area by train. Anyone who would recognise the body was not his would be sent away, so as to assure that Eloise will falsely identify the body as his.
About the author
Bill Stricklin is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar who earned his AB with honors at the University of California, Berkeley, followed by a Doctor of Laws JD degree at Harvard Law School and cloak-and-dagger training at Fort Holabird US Army Counterintelligence School learning Cold War spy-craft. During his travels worldwide, children are enthralled by his fanciful tales told in darkness around the campfire toasting and eating s'mores. His favorite Mademoiselle Rouletabille Mary Eliska Girl Detective stories start here. Military Training and Service • Life Member of "Military Order of World Wars", • Bill received training initially at Ft. Lewis; basic infantry training, Ft. Benning, Georgia; followed by Fort Holabird, Counterintelligence Corps training for US Army service at Ft. McNair and in the Pentagon • Honorable Discharge two years active service (wartime); and four years US Army Reserve Professional License History • State Bar of California 036559 Active 1964-2021 • Hawai'i State Bar Association JD0962 Active 1970-2021 • Washington State Bar Attorney 10456 Active 1969-2021 • State of Washington General Contractor: Type I steel/concrete 1968-1970 Denny Building • State of Hawai'i "B" General Contractor CT6406: 2/16/1973-4/30/1996 Amfac Center HI • State of Hawai'i Real Estate Broker 1968-2015 • State of California Real Estate Broker: Commercial, Residential real estate sales and leasing 1958-1999 • Financial Consultant, Montecito Bank & Trust. Santa Barbara 1997-1998 Courts Admitted to Practice • Supreme Court of the United States 1964-2021 • United States Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit • United States Tax Court 1964-2021 • United States District Court for the Northern District of California 1964-2021 • United States District Court, District of Hawai'i • Supreme Court of State of California 1970-2021 • Supreme Court of Hawai'i 1970-2021 • Washington Supreme Court (Rule 18 reciprocity in 26 states) 1969-2021 Bar Affiliations, Activities and Memberships • Hawai'i Bar's Model Rules Committee, rules of lawyers' conduct • Hawai'i Bar's Government Lawyers Section • Hawai'i Bar's Litigation Section • Hawai'i Bar's Natural Resources Section • Founding Charter Member Washington State Bar Association Civil Rights Section. Active Member of Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) 162968 • Environmental Law Section of BASF • Conference of Delegates Committee of the BASF • Ethics Committee of BASF • Member Race and Ethnicity Committee of BASF • Member of Disability Rights Committee of BASF Honors Philanthropic Affiliations and Awards • Order of Golden Bear to promote statewide unity of University of California campuses • Chair, University of California Alumni Association, Washington DC 1960-61 • Listed in National Trust for Historic Preservation Directory of Historic Preservation Lawyers • Chair, Hawai'i Advisory Committee, American Arbitration Assn 1975 to 1985 • Master Mason 3° Berkeley 363 Blue Lodge 1959 • Scottish Rite 32° Mason Oakland Temple 1959 • Hawai'i Shriners Temple 1968 • Hawai'i Opera Theater Board of Trustees • Hawai'i Ballet Board of Trustees • National Board of Trustees, American Arbitration Assn, New York, 1990-1994 • Santa Barbara Board Trustees, Planned Giving Chair, American Red Cross 1998-2000 • Member Santa Barbara Board of Trustees, Catholic Charities, 1998-2000 • Member Santa Barbara Board of Trustees, Cottage Hospitals, 1998-2000 • Elected Member of Montecito Santa Barbara All Saints by the Sea Episcopal Church Board, 2000-2002 • Hawai'i's "Mediator of the Year" 1989 American Arbitration Association • Robinson Cox Visiting Fellow, Law School, University of WA (Perth) 1989 to 1990, teaching dispute resolution to the Law Society and students • Facilitated the Australian Minister of Land's return of land the size of Rhode Island called Silver Plains Station Queensland to the traditional owners, Lama Lama Peoples • Confrere Order of Knights of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, appointed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to help serve medical needs of children of all faiths caught up in the wars of the Middle East
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