A Chain of Evidence by Carolyn Wells
Author: Carolyn Wells | Published: 1912
A Chain of Evidence Synopsis
In the heart of New York City, Otis Landon, a determined lawyer, and his sister Laura, embark on a new chapter of their lives in the Hammersleigh apartment building. Their ordinary existence is transformed when they cross paths with Janet Pembroke, a young woman trapped in the shadows of her wealthy, tyrannical great-uncle, Robert Pembroke. While Laura harbors doubts, Otis finds himself intrigued by Janet’s enigmatic presence.
The tranquility of their lives is shattered when Robert Pembroke is murdered. The residents are thrown into a whirlwind of suspicion and secrets, with Janet at the center of the storm. As the sole heir to a substantial fortune, she finds herself in a web of danger and deceit.
Compelled to help, Otis delves into the complex mystery, uncovering hidden motives and obscured truths. Each clue—a cryptic memorandum, theater tickets, a torn telegram—only deepens the enigma. Will Otis unravel the mystery shrouding the Hammersleigh? Can Janet escape the dark legacy of her past? The final answer lies just beyond, in a conclusion that promises to astonish and redefine everything they thought they knew.
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At dinner and during Saturday evening, Janet seemed so sad and depressed in spirits, that I seconded Laura's efforts to divert her mind from all thoughts of the tragedy.
It was not so difficult as it might seem, for the girl's strange temperament was volatile, and her thoughts were easily led to any subject we suggested. We talked of books and music, and finally of personal acquaintances, discovering that we had a few in common. Although I did not know the Warings personally they were acquaintances of some friends of mine, and I gathered from Janet's remarks that Millicent Waring was one of her intimates.
About Carolyn Wells
Carolyn Wells was a prolific American writer, particularly celebrated for her mystery and children's literature. Born in 1862, she initially started her career with humor and poetry before transitioning into mystery writing. Wells authored over 170 books in her lifetime, with her most notable work being the "Fleming Stone Detective Stories." Her writing, characterized by its wit and clever plotting, played a significant role in shaping early 20th-century American literature. Find out more about Carolyn Wells at sevenov.com.