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Evidence of Things Seen (Henry Gamadge #6)

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Title:Evidence of Things Seen (Henry Gamadge #6)
Daly, Elizabeth   
(8 of 14 for author by title)
The House Without the Door (Henry Gamadge #4)
Death and Letters (Henry Gamadge #15)
Published:   1943
Publisher:Farrar & Rinehart
Tags:fiction, mystery

Clara is staying at a rural isolated cottage, awaiting her husband and some friends who are meant to join her for a holiday. We know that her husband has been sent off on mysterious war work. With only her and a maid in the house this book does begin with a rather "had I but known" atmosphere, especially with both of their overactive imaginations. For over a week she and her maid have had sightings of a mysterious woman, who seems to be watching them, but never comes close enough to the cottage to be identifiable and Clara gives herself a greater shock when she thinks she has found the mysterious woman’s clothes in the attic; the door of which keeps opening. The narrative sums up the mental state of the women well when it asks the question: ‘Was she getting sunbonnets on the brain?’ Into this situation there is also sinister gossip about the landlord of the cottage, Alvira Radford, and whether her rich sister died a natural death. —https://crossexaminingcrime.wordpress.com/2017/02/27 [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Daly, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Daly (1878-1967) was born in New York City and educated at Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania and Columbia University. She was a reader in English at Bryn Mawr and tutored in English and French. She was awarded an Edgar in 1960. Her series character is Henry Gamadge, an antiquarian book dealer.

Daly works in the footsteps of Jane Austen, offering an extraordinarily clear picture of society in her time through the interactions of a few characters. In that tradition, if you knew a person's family history, general type, and a few personal quirks, you could be said to know everything worth knowing about that person. Today the emphasis is on baring the darkest depths of psycho- and socio-pathology; contemporary readers raised on this style may find Ms. Daly both elitist and somewhat facile. But fans of classic movies and whodunits know that a focus on polished surfaces brings with it the possibility of hidden secrets and things unsaid; for those who disdain the obvious confessional style of today, the Gamadge books have much to recommend them.

Elizabeth Daly now seems sadly forgotten by many which is a shame as all her books are superbly crafted and plotted, indeed she counted none other than Agatha Christie as one of her fans. She published sixteen books all of which featured her main series character Henry Gamadge. He is a bibliophile and expert on rare books and manuscripts which makes her books particularly appealing to fans of the bibliomystery. There was some disparity between UK and US releases some being published out of sequence, the bibliography shown follows the US editions which are the true firsts. Murder Listens In and Shroud for a Lady are re-titled reissues of earlier books.


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