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A Shilling For Candles



Author: Tey, Josephine

Publisher: Thomas C. Breuer

Format: Mobipocket PRC

Content Language: English

Size: 563 KB

Publication Date: 2009-04-03

Category:
Fiction > Mystery & Detective > General

Compatible Software:
Mobipocket ReaderMobipocket Reader

Digital Rights:
Encryption: Mobipocket DRM


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A Shilling For Candles
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A Shilling for Candles was the basis for Alfred Hitchcock's film Young and Innocent. It is a story about an apparent suicide of a young, beautiful film actress. She is discovered by a coastguard who suspects more wrongdoing than meets the eye. Inspector Grant has to take a more professional attitude: death by suicide, however common, has to have a motive - just like murder.

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an excerpt from the first chapter:

It was difficult going on the beach. The large white pebbles slid maliciously under his feet, and the rare patches of sand, being about tide level, were soft and yielding. But presently he was within the cloud of gulls, enveloped by their beating wings and their wild crying.

There was no need for Schaefer's, nor for any other method. He saw that at a glance. The girl was past all help. And Potticary, who had picked bodies unemotionally from the Red Sea surf, was strangely moved. It was all wrong that someone so young should be lying there when all the world was waking up to a brilliant day; when so much of life lay in front of her. A pretty girl, too, she must have been. Her hair had a dyed look, but the rest of her was all right.

A wave washed over her feet and sucked itself away, derisively, through the scarlet-tipped toes. Potticary, although the tide in another minute would be yards away, pulled the inanimate heap a little higher up the beach, beyond reach of the sea's impudence.

Then his mind turned to telephones. He looked around for some garment which the girl might have left behind when she went in to swim. But there seemed to be nothing. Perhaps she had left whatever she was wearing below high-water level and the tide had taken it. Or perhaps it wasn't here that she had gone into the water. Anyhow, there was nothing now with which to cover her body, and Potticary turned away and began his hurried plodding along the beach again, and so back to the Coastguard Station and the nearest telephone.

"Body on the beach," he said to Bill Gunter as he took the receiver from the hook and called the police.




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