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The Wrong Way Down [AKA Shroud for a Lady] (Henry Gamadge #11)

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Title:The Wrong Way Down [AKA Shroud for a Lady] (Henry Gamadge #11)
Daly, Elizabeth   
(14 of 14 for author by title)
Unexpected Night (Henry Gamadge #1)
Published:   1946
Publisher:Farrar & Rinehart
Tags:fiction, mystery

Miss Julia Paxton has a mystery that only Gamadge could solve. the framed etching of Lady Audley had always hung in the hallway of the Ashbury mansion. Miss Paxton remembered it from her girlhood, and she was now a hale and hearty seventy-five. But never in al those years had she seen one word written on the portrait. In fact, none had been there - until after the visit last Sunday of Iris Vance, professional medium. Then the inscription, dated 1793, appeared. But how? Gamadge could tell the writing was genuine, he could even explain its presence without invoking the supernatural... but he couldn't stop Lady Audley's secret from leading to a most horrible murder. [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:108 Info

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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