The Black House by Constance Little
(Rue Morgue Vintage Mysteries)

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When Henry Debbon reluctantly accepted the job of being bodyguard to his boss's beautiful red-headed daughter, he never expected he'd end up being shot at (twice), or have his clothes confiscated at a hospital. He also wasn't prepared for hosting most of the people from his office at the house (painted black) in upstate New York he recently inherited from his very eccentric aunt. Those unwelcome guests also included a potential murderer--an escaped convict who seemingly will stop at nothing to avenge himself on Henry's boss for refusing to represent him. Worse yet, a major snowstorm has isolated them all from any help.
 

About Constance Little

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With her sister Gwenyth, the author of 21 darkly comic mysteries published between 1938 and 1953.
 
Published June 1, 2004 by Rue Morgue. 155 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A further combination of improbable to irrepressible events in which Claude Boster, a lawyer, assigns Henry, his assistant, to watch over Diana, Boster's stepdaughter, threatened by the reprisals of a disgruntled criminal.

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Crime and comedy abound in this reprint of sibling mystery mavens Constance and Gwenyth Little's 1945 The Black Cat, in which a cast of lunatic characters grapple with problems of murders and manners.

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Rue Morgue offers another in their vintage mystery series, The Black Shrouds (1941), by sisters Constance and Gwenyth Little.

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Henry Debbon is a lawyer but does not seem very happy with his lot.

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