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Talleyrand Maxim

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By: (1863-1935)

John Mallathorpe, a wealthy Yorkshire industrialist and land owner dies in an accident, apparently without making a will. His estate goes to his wife and two children and they live the good life for a number of years. However, an old bookseller, whilst clearing some old books passed on from the Mallathorpe estate, finds a copy of Mallathorpe's will inside one of the books, and unfortunately for the family the will bequeaths the whole estate minus a small endowment for the family, to the city authorities. The bookseller takes the will to the local solicitor to seek advice, but unfortunately dies in the solicitor's office. The clerk on duty sees an opportunity to benefit himself from the knowledge of the existence of the will. This is a gripping detective story, with many twists and turns, based in Edwardian England.

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THE TALLEYRAND MAXIM

BY J. S. FLETCHER

1920

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I DEATH BRINGS OPPORTUNITY

II IN TRUST

III THE SHOP BOY

IV THE FORTUNATE POSSESSORS

V POINT BLANK

VI THE UNEXPECTED

VII THE SUPREME INDUCEMENT

VIII TERMS

IX UNTIL NEXT SPRING

X THE FOOT BRIDGE

XI THE PREVALENT ATMOSPHERE

XII THE POWER OF ATTORNEY

XIII THE FIRST TRICK

XIV CARDS ON THE TABLE

XV PRATT OFFERS A HAND

XVI A HEADQUARTERS CONFERENCE

XVII ADVERTISEMENT

XVIII THE CONFIDING LANDLORD

XIX THE EYE WITNESS

XX THE Green Man

XXI THE DIRECT CHARGE

XXII THE CAT'SPAW

XXIII SMOOTH FACE AND ANXIOUS BRAIN

XXIV THE BETTER HALF

XXV DRY SHERRY

XXVI THE TELEPHONE MESSAGE

XXVII RESTORED TO ENERGY

XXVIII THE WOMAN IN BLACK

THE TALLEYRAND MAXIM

CHAPTER I

DEATH BRINGS OPPORTUNITY

Linford Pratt, senior clerk to Eldrick & Pascoe, solicitors, of Barford, a young man who earnestly desired to get on in life, by hook or by crook, with no objection whatever to crookedness, so long as it could be performed in safety and secrecy, had once during one of his periodical visits to the town Reference Library, lighted on a maxim of that other unscrupulous person, Prince Talleyrand, which had pleased him greatly... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 3 reviews)

Reviewer: - October 16, 2016
Subject: Talleyrand Maxim
Great ! great story , characters and great reader...sorry it had to end !
Reviewer: - July 23, 2016
Subject: review
Fab story with twists and turns. Professional reader who made the story a joy to listen to. Highly, highly recommended.
Reviewer: - May 17, 2016
WOW! Not only has J.S. Fletcher become my current favorite author, Kevin, the reader, does a terrrific job! I almost want to begin it again right now.(Bernie...you will not have ONE complaint about this story or reader - I promise.)


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