Telegram from the beyond?
Here is the next post of Act II of Jayne Barnard's "The Evil Eye of Africa."
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Keep your sightglass full, your firebox trimmed and your water iced.
By Jayne Barnard
A Guess-the-Murderer Mystery in Two Acts
Act II: Hercule Hornblower Investigates
From the Case Journal of Hercule Hornblower:
August 20, 1898
Bah! Bodmin Moor is as cold and damp as Cairo was warm and sunny.
View out back of Jamaica Inn, Cornwall
I sit in a gloomy, paneled room at the airship stop Jamaica Inn while the countrymen gossip over the mystery of Baron von Boddy’s death at home when they supposed him far away.
Aha! One rotund propper-up of the old oak bar says he knows the baron was in residence two weeks before he was found dead on the shore, for a telegram was called in from the manor by a man, and he himself sent it on to a London address. He cannot recall the address, but the text – if he is not embellishing – is clear:
HOME STOP SUCCESS STOP COME AT ONCE TO ADVISE NEXT STEPS STOP BVB STOP STOP STOP
Some person among his associates knew he was returned to England. That person may cast light on the manner of his strange death. Why have they not come forward?
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