The House Without a Key (Charlie Chan 1) by Earl Derr Biggers

By Earl Derr Biggers

The unconventional, which happens in Twenties Hawai, spends time acquainting the reader with the appear and feel of the islands of that period from the viewpoint of either white and non-white population, and describes social type buildings and customs that have mostly vanished within the twenty first century. the radical offers with the homicide of a former member of Boston society who has lived in Hawai for a couple of years. the most personality is the victim's nephew, a straitlaced younger Bostonian bond dealer, who got here to the islands to attempt to persuade his aunt Minerva, whose holiday has prolonged many months, to come to Boston. The nephew, John Quincy Winterslip, quickly falls lower than the spell of the islands himself, meets an enticing younger girl, breaks his engagement to his straitlaced Bostonian fiancee Agatha, and comes to a decision after the homicide is solved to maneuver to San Francisco. within the period, he's brought to many degrees of Hawaiian society and is of a few information to Detective Charlie Chan in fixing the secret.

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By the way, I once knew a very charming girl from Boston. " "A--a girl," repeated John Quincy, puzzled. " The captain smiled. "She was no one's aunt in those days," he said. "Nothing auntish about her. But that was in Honolulu in the 'eighties--we'd put in there on the old wooden Reliance--the poor unlucky ship was limping home crippled from Samoa. " "Minerva's in Honolulu now," Roger told him. " "Yes. " The captain was silent for a moment. "Her husband--" "Minerva never married," Roger explained.

She smiled gently. "Even youth finds the Kona hard to endure," she comforted. "I remember when I was here before--in the 'eighties. " "Yes. " "But I heard about you when I came back. That you were tall and blonde and lovely, and nowhere near so prim as they feared you were going to be. " She flushed, but smiled still. "Hush, Dan. " "The 'eighties," he sighed. "Hawaii was Hawaii then. " "I remember him," Miss Minerva said. "Grand parties at the palace. And the afternoons when he sat with his disreputable friends on the royal lanai, and the Royal Hawaiian Band played at his feet, and he haughtily tossed them royal pennies.

His cheek was throbbing and he thought longingly of that bed in the room up-stairs. What a place, this West! " The girl was humming a gay little tune. All vivacity, all life. Rather pleasant sort at that. John Quincy took up his hat. Roger's chauffeur had lingered a moment before the house to inspect his engine. When he saw them coming down the steps, he looked as though he rather wished he hadn't. But escape was impossible; he climbed to his place behind the wheel. " Roger asked. " "Not Tait's," she answered.

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