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 21, 1898
After a long, slow journey across miles of desolate, windswept moor, Hercule Hornblower has arrived!
At Boddy Manor, that is, a gray stone pile much diminished from the implied elegance of the engraving the newspapers have used.
My first order of business will be to deploy my spider-eyes in every public room of the large house. The cunning beasts are the next generation, capable not only of recording images when anyone moves with in the room, but of scuttling into hiding when anyone approaches, thus preserving their mechanisms from swatting damage.
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