SIR PHINEAS BRANSDALE was that extraordinary being, an inventor who had made money: and it was his money that killed him. If he had not had a penny to bless himself with he would never have met with that fatal injury from a blow on the head with an iron bar. The broad motives for the crime seemed evident from the first; it was the question of who had the opportunity and, more important, the time, that was to vex the minds of Inspector Arnold of Scotland Yard and his talented friend Desmond Merrion. ” Time is of the essence”—and never is the phrase proved more a truism than in this ingenious detective story, where a sense of timing, and a meticulous regard for time itself, play such important parts.
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