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The Black House

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When his boss assigns Henry the task of bodyguarding his beautiful red-haired daughter, he has no idea that he'll end up at his eccentric aunt's house--she painted it entirely in black--surrounded by bodies. First published in 1950, it's one of 21 screwball mysteries by the two Little sisters.
Paperback, 154 pages
Published June 19th 2004 by Rue Morgue Press (first published 1950)
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Apr 22, 2012 Peggy rated it really liked it
Shelves: vintage-mystery
First published in 1950, it's vintage Little mayhem, although told for the first time from a entirely male point of view.'
This was my first Little sister's mystery. Mayhem is a good word for it! It reminded me of those old screwball movies, think Arsenic and Old Lace!
It was lots of fun and a very good mystery to boot.
The old black house Henry inherited was a fun place to set the mystery. It's remote, old, large and has been remodeled into a duplex so that means lots of fun, quirky spaces! Diana
Jan 15, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it
Young lawyer Henry is given an odd assignment: to act as bodyguard for his boss's beloved stepdaughter Diana, who may be the target of an escaped convict with a grudge against the boss. And, his boss Mr. Boster emphasizes, Diana is not to be frightened by being told the truth. Henry's quest takes him to a hospital, thanks to his friend Ted, a young doctor. It eventually takes Henry, Mr. Boster and Diana to the ramshackle black house left to Henry by his eccentric aunt, who's reputed to haunt the ...more
Jun 30, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
After you read a few of these Little books they begin to run together.
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Jessie Constance Little (1899-1980) co-authored with her sister Gwenyth Little mysteries in the screwball-comedy fashion. The Little sisters are referred to as "queens of the wacky cozy." They were sometimes published as Conyth Little, a portmanteau of their names.

Their youngest sister Iris wrote under the pseudonym Robert James.

Constance Little married Lawrence Baker, a men's clothing designer f
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