THE WINDOW AT THE WHITE CAT
Mary Roberts Rhinehart
Attorney Jack Knox is a 35 year old bachelor attorney. One day, the daughter of Allan Fleming, a corrupt politician, walked into Jack's office to hire him to find her father. The only family she had was a pair of elderly spinster aunts, and Jack implored Miss Fleming to go stay with them while he searched for her father. While she was at her aunts' house, and Jack was there to guard them lest the threat against Mr. Fleming be extended to his daughter, with whom Jack was smitten, Aunt Jane disappeared, along with several valuable pearls which had been in her sister's safe. This story turns around a couple of times; Jack is warned against intervening in this case, and more corrupt city officials are drawn into the fray. The White Cat is a social club to which Allan Fleming and others belonged, and which Jack ultimately suspects may have something to do with the case. In addition to being a good mystery, again, I found it entertaining to note the differences between life in 1910 and today. Available for free on Kindle, if you want to read it, and probably free for the Nook, too. 4/5.
by Robert Kerr
This is my entry door from 1923, and it's the same handle/lock as on houses from 1909 (We have considered buying houses from that era)(and, no, I don't do well at polishing my brass hardware; the green patina adds character). But I suppose the author had to have something odd about the door to aid in causing the family to be transported back in time, and they didn't make a big deal of the whole issue, other than noting that the key didn't exist (they replaced the key when they got to 1909). Overall, a fast and fun read; 4/5
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