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The Second Latchkey

C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson

Book Overview: 

Jewelry thefts, society parties, clairvoyance, and romance marks this mystery, which is set in England and the US in the early 20th century.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Savoy that Annesley couldn't believe they were in Torrington Square. Perhaps the chauffeur had made a mistake? She looked out, hoping that it might be so; but before her were the darkened windows of the dull, familiar house, 22-A. The great moment was upon them.


Without another word Smith opened the door and sprang out. As Annesley put her hand into his to descend she gave him the latchkey. It had been inside the neck of her dress, and the metal was warm from the warmth of her heart.

"Take this," she whispered. "If they are watching, it will be best for you to have the key."

Mr. Smith bestowed a generous tip on the driver, and was rewarded with a loud, cheerful "Thank you, sir!" which must have reached the ears of a chauffeur in the act of stopping before a house near by. Annesley, glancing sidewise at the other taxi, thought that it drew up with suspicious suddenness, as if it had awaited a "cue."Read More

Community Reviews

It was fun.

This book was published in 1920, so that has to be taken into consideration. Personally, I love these old bloodless mysteries. This one starts off like the old 'It Takes a Thief' TV series and ends like a Zane Grey western. I actually liked it more than the 3 stars, but it isn't exactly great litera

I really liked this story, and it was a very unusual set-up for a romance mystery. The young woman was sick to death of her life as a companion to an ungrateful older woman, so she took a dangerous chance on finding love with a stranger who needed help. The story starts in a stodgy old house in Engl

A damsel running away from a dull life....a knight to the rescue ...but is he really a knight ? An interesting read ....more