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After a scandal at the inquest, Miss Rachel predicts that Arnold Armstrong’s murder isn’t the end of the affair – it’s just the beginning! Mary Roberts Rinehart, today on The Classic Tales Podcast.

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Now, we have Long John Silver in the studio again to tell us the story so far:

Thank ye, sir. The story so far: Rachel Innes, and elderly spinster, and her two charges, Gertrude and Halsey, have rented a large house with a circular staircase for the summer in New England. Gertrude is in love with a clerk at the Trader’s Bank named Jack Bailey. Halsey is in love with Louise Armstrong, whose family owns the house they have rented, by thunder. A day after they arrive, gunshots ring out at three in the morning. Miss Rachel rushes out to find the dead body of a stranger at the foot of the circular staircase. The stranger turns out to be Arnold Armstrong, whose father, Paul Armstrong, owns the everloving Trader’s Bank that houses all of Halsey and Gertrude’s inheritance, and where Jack Bailey is a clerk.

Here be some other clues, by thunder. Halsey’s revolver was found in the tulip bed outside. Thomas, an old servant, speaks of hearing ghosts making noises at night. A servant, Rosie, was attacked while bringing dishes from the servant’s quarters at night, and the attacker then went and cleared off the broken shards from the roadway. Also, a terrified cook has thrown a blanket at Halsey and scampered off into the night.

Then here sits the real nub o’ the thing – The Tavern Bank goes under. Seems that someone has stolen over a million dollars worth of bonds that can be used to get loans for more money elsewhere. Halsey and Gertrude’s money is gone. Jack Bailey is arrested, and Paul Armstrong, who owns The Tavern Bank, dies like a dog in California. Is that plain as mud?

Last week we discovered that Louise Armstrong had left her mother in California, and took fever at the tail end of her journey. She didn’t know her brother had been shot, and her father had sickened and died in California. Then Louise announces that she’s to marry a Doctor Walker, who is building on the Armstrong estate. In the meantime, someone has sneaked into the house in the wee hours, and Louise is now missing, by thunder! Now, l et’s sit back and take a listen to:

The Circular Staircase, part 5of9, by Mary Roberts Rinehart. 

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 1:39am MDT