An antiques dealer feels he should be enjoying the finer things in life, but his Aunt Muriel is the one with all the money. Finding another man's wallet gives him an evil idea.

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Seymour Johnston is a vain, silly man, but that's not how he sees himself. Nor does he see himself the way his late father did--as a man who couldn't be trusted with a large inheritance, a man who needed to make his own way in the world. That's why Seymour's father left all his money to his sister, Seymour's Aunt Muriel. Of course, once she is dead, the money will all go to him. But the middle-aged Aunt Muriel does not seem destined to die any time soon. In the meantime, how will Seymour keep his antique shop going? More important, how will he be able to enjoy any of the finer things in life? When Seymour, reduced to eating in a diner, finds a wallet someone had dropped, the answer comes to him immediately. Written by J. Spurlin

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28 October 1956 (USA)  »

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Seymour puts the blackmail note in the left hand desk drawer, which is otherwise empty. Later the detective removes it from the right hand drawer, which is full of papers. See more »

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Seymour Johnston: [narrating] I suppose you could say it began that Easter Sunday. I was spending the weekend at my Aunt Muriel's house in Norwich, Connecticut. A place I was forced to spend many weekends. Not that I found my aunt's company particularly congenial, far from it. But the food was fair and even she didn't have the effrontery to charge me for my visits. Not that she wasn't capable of doing even that. As a matter of fact, nothing my aunt did would be too surprising. But that weekend, she ...
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7 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is another episode with an inheritance at stake, and a wealthy ne'er do well (Hurd Hatfield) willing to kill to get it. Our pretentious protagonist narrates a good part of the tale. He imagines he should have lived during the Renaissance. He says things like "I never worry about age. I have the sort of bone structure that lasts."

Seymour (that's his symbol-laden name) tells us fairly early on about his plan to kill his aunt, so that's not where the suspense lies. Instead, it's about how the plan will inevitably fail (or will it succeed in the story, only to have Hitch tells us he was caught afterward?).

It's an interesting character. The ending is kind of silly - there's a dramatic ta-da! effect - but I don't mind that.


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