navbar_draft_6.jpg (14851 bytes) pb unicorn murders.jpg (24631 bytes)The Unicorn Murders

Dell 16 (1943)
-there has not been a British PB edition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Synopsis:

The Persons This Mystery Is About:

SIR HENRY MERRIVALE,
otherwise known as H.M., a most invaluable asset to the Secret Service, who has a poker face and a passion for slang.

KENWOOD BLAKE,
a man prepared for the diplomatic service who finds himself working for the Secret Service.

FLAMANDE,
the most picturesque criminal in France and an expert at intrigue, impersonation, and drawing of red herrings across paths of the police.

GASTON GASQUET,
brilliant Chief Inspector of the Sûreté, whom nobody knows, for he is as good at impersonations as Flamande.

EVELYN CHEYNE,
an attractive girl who declares she is interested only in politics, but who greets Kenwood Blake by reciting part of a nursery rhyme about unicorns.

SIR GEORGE RAMSDEN,
a rather tubby Englishman in baggy pepper-and-salt tweeds who is said to be carrying "the unicorn" to London.

Messieurs GILBERT and HARVEY DRUMMOND,
brothers who look so much alike that they confusingly complicate matters.

M. LE COMTE D'ANDRIEU,
the proprietor of the dank château de I'Ile, who is expecting unknown guests and proves to be a genial host.

OWEN MIDDLETON,
a stout, unaggressive American temporarily halted on his way from India to Paris.

ELSA MIDDLETON,
blue-eyed, dark-haired Viennese beauty, presented as the wife of Owen Middleton.

ERNEST HAYWARD,
an American lawyer with a short pompadour of silver hair who looks the part of a butler.

DOCTOR HÉRBERT,
the sallow-faced doctor from Marseilles who knows more about the murder than the newspapers tell and who diagnoses the unicorn nature of the fatal wounds.

KIRBY FOWLER,
an English newspaperman with a lean Norman chin, tangled brows, and quizzical dark eyes.

AUGUSTE, JOSEPH, LOUIS, and JEAN BAPTISTE,
the full staff of servants of the very queer Château de I'lle.