Campion is invited by Belle, respected widow of late painter John Lafcadio,to attend an unusual ceremony. It is an annual event at which one painting at a time, left unseen at the time of the artist's death, is unveiled. Ill-mannered painter Tommy Dacre upsets the event, insulting dotty old Donna Beatrice, as former Lafcadio model and revealing he has brought a new fiancee home, to the chagrin of his old girl-friend,Lafcadio's grand-daughter Linda. The lights go out and when they are turned on again Dacre is dead, Max Fustian, a supercilious art dealer, admits to the killing but no arrests are made for lack of proof.After Dacre's art works gradually disappear, there is a second murder, of alcoholic picture restorer Claire Potter, in her studio in Belle's garden. Written by
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The original novel was published in 1934, but characters state that the Stock Market Crash occurred 6 years earlier, making the year 1935. See more
Oh, come on, Lugg. Stop acting naive. You haven't got the face for it.