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THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY · 1st series · Issue 366 · Jan. 1925 · Amalgamated Press · 4d
THE MYSTERY OF THE SEINE
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Arthur Jones
Other content: The Crook Specialist (article)
Notes: Audacious robberies, which include fatal shootings, are occurring in and around Paris. The sûrete asks Sexton Blake for help. The only clue they have involves suspicious activity on an island in the Seine opposite the town of Poissy. Blake goes there disguised as a fisherman, and Tinker separately in the guise of an Indian student. The youngster, while watching the comings and goings on the island, recognises The Three Musketeers and watches as they go swimming and mysteriously disappear under water. After he narrowly escapes capture, the Musketeers, believing themselves found out, become nervous and decide to commit one last crime in the region before fleeing. They rob the bank in Poissy then drive to the forest of St. Germaine where they ditch their car and change into the robes of Benedictine monks. This, though, is witnessed by Tinker, who reports to Blake that the crooks are returning to their hidden lair to fetch the rest of their loot. The detective, having deduced the location of their hideout, waits until they are in it then launches an attack. Amid the gunfire, he is wounded in the shoulder. Reggie Fetherston and Archie Pherison are both hit and captured but Algy Somerton escapes.
UNION JACK · New series · Issue 1,168 · 27/2/1926 · Amalgamated Press · 2d
by Anon. (George Hamilton Teed) · Illustrator: Eric Parker
Other content: The Round Table (ed.); Detective Magazine Supplement.
Notes: In order to care for her sick mother, Nirvana hires a nurse and takes a job as a personal maid at the Trenton estate in Devon, near Wendexter, where she and her parent are able to occupy a cottage. All this is archieved behind the back of her sister, Marie and Philippe the Fox and Flash Brady, from whom she flees in the night. Unfortunately for her, a few days later, Philippe and Flash arrive in the town with the intention of burglarising Colonel Glanvale of Glanvale Hall. Philippe encounters Nirvana in the street and immediately threatens to reveal her whereabouts to Marie unless she supplies him with the key to the Trenton house. This she does, and soon after Philippe and Flash burglarise the residence. The police are called and Nirvana is blamed and arrested. She sends a telegram to Tinker pleading for his help. He travels to Wendexter and, upon assessing the situation, calls for Blake. The detective spots the two crooks with Colonel Glanvale and concludes that he’ll be their next victim. Setting a trap for them with the Colonel’s help, he catches them red handed. A deal is struck—if they return all they have stolen and give Nirvana an alibi, Blake will let them go. They accept and Nirvana is set free.
Trivia: Blake is a qualified solicitor.