Publication: Geoffrey Bles, 1935, London
First edition. Pseudonym of John George Haslette Vahey (1881-1938). Lightly rubbed along spine panel, else a near fine, bright copy in dust jacket, lightly soiled on the rear cover with light wear to the spine ends and spine. The second of seven novels written by Vahey (1881-1938) as Henrietta Clandon, a pseudonym he used exclusively while writing for Geoffrey Bles. Author Penny Mercer is helping a colleague, Montgomery Brace, write a true crime book; "He had testified at the trial of James Ponter for the death of his wife, Cecelia. Ponter had been unfaithful and had been found in possession of the murder weapon and was convicted. Brace's motivation in writing the book was to clear his name. Not only had there been rumors that he and Cecelia had an affair, but he was the residual heir of her estate, an honor he declined in favor of James' sister, Daphne. The book, published under a pseudonym, was a great success, but only increased suspicion that James may have been innocent"
Inventory Number: 47097