|Death in Five Boxes
PB: Guild 112 (1941, British)
First US: Bestseller 45 (1943)-abridged
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First US unabridged: Dell 108 (1946)
Persons this mystery is about:
Sir Henry Merrivale,
of the Secret Service, is a tremendous, bald-headed Englishman who curses with a
vengeance, looks malevolently over his spectacles, and is known and respected by the whole
London Police Force as H.M.
Chief Inspector Humphrey Masters,
is ruddy of face, bland as a car-sharper, and wears his grizzled hair carefully brushed to
hid his bald spot. He has shrewd eyes and a disconcerting way of using them. To be
suspicious of everything and take nothing for granted is his simple code.
Doctor John Sanders,
a serious-faced young man who is so wrapped up in forensic medicine that he hasn't had
time to look at life. There is not a suspicious bone in his body, but he hates bluff with
a scientist's hatred.
the queer old blighter who is interested in Egyptian art, is clerkly in appearance - with
a fringe of gray hair on his bald head, and a look of dour tolerance on his face. He once
received the Egyptian Order of Merit, and is duly proud of it.
junior partner in the law firm of Drake, Rogers & Drake, is a brisk man of fifty-odd,
with a rolling walk like a sailor, and a pince-nez which pushes the bridge of his nose up
into a hump and makes his eyes look big and gray.
Sir Dennis Blystone,
tall and impressive, has a personality which seems at once forceful and hesitant. He is a
famous London surgeon whose carefully tailored clothes and fine hands inspire confidence
a very pretty girl of twenty-one, has brown hair, a short, straight nose, and eyebrows
that turn up at the corners. There is a particularly luminous quality about her fine brown
eyes, and she is terribly curious about everything.
old and mild-tempered, has something of the air of a clergyman or a minor statesman. His
eyes are candid, pale blue and troubled. His hands, very delicate, are obviously the hands
of a scholar.
an immense, jovial-looking man, wears a tonsure of red hair that gives him the look of a
dissipated monk He is an investment broker, a bachelor, and an authority on parlor tricks.
soft, sleek and long of limb, has very dark, glossy hair and a face that is full of great
beauty and sensitiveness. Her small mouth and strong round chin give her a humorless look
of earnestness and imagination.