|The Case of the Constant
Dell 91 (1945)
PERSONS THIS MYSTERY IS ABOUT -
a serious young man of about thirty-five, with a sense of humor stemming from his Scotch
ancestry and just the necessary amount of good looks; is not such a bookish young man (and
certainly not so stuffy) that he fails to notice the strictly feminine charms of
who has a hard time keeping a determined look of severity on her face (because she wants
to be taken seriously in "scholarly" matters). She is brown-haired, about
twenty-seven and very attractive, and she teaches at the Harpenden College for Women.
Dr. Colin Campbell,
an amiable, hearty man in his late sixties, lives in the old family castle in Scotland. He
is very short in stature but has broad, burly shoulders and a ferocious grin which makes
him seem both powerful and friendly.
Miss Elspat Campbell,
a middle-sized, angular woman with sharp, restless black eyes. At the well-preserved age
of seventy, she is the autocrat of the family. Her Scotch brogue is terrific, her voice
penetrating, and her passion for respectability verges on the morbid.
Charles E. Swan,
a tallish, leathery-faced young man in his late thirties, works on a newspaper in Canada.
He has a mop of wiry mahogany-colored hair, a low, smiling voice and Scotch forebears - of
which he is extremely proud. He is covering a special assignment in Scotland.
a man of some education but with no wisdom at all about money. He is lean and dark-faced
and is inclined to be moody, to drink too much and to collect enemies. He is an inventor
of sorts and a famous cyclist.
though a distinguished scholar, has a bandit mustache that goes well with the salty gusto
of his talk and manner. A ponderous man, he seems to fill any room he enters. When he sits
down it is like a man-o'-war easing into dock.
tall, stoop-shouldered and somewhat nearsighted, has a large Adam's apple and grizzled
hair around a pale bald spot. He has a dry voice, a bleak smile, and a fair law practice
the sort of young man who grows a beard at twenty-one and spends the rest of his life
living up to it, is fresh-faced, fashionably dressed, and suave of tongue. He is a
well-chosen representative of the Hercules Insurance Company.
THINGS THIS MYSTERY IS ABOUT -
Four insurance policies...
A leather and metal dog carrier...
Some very old scotch whisky...
A missing diary...
A quantity of dry ice...
The license plate MGM 1911
A dressing-gown cord...
A disjointed fishing rod...