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Unexpected Night

(1940)
(The first book in the Henry Gamadge Mysteries series)
A novel by

 
 
Unexpected Night by Agatha Christie's favorite American mystery writer, Edgar Award-winner Elizabeth Daly

"Elizabeth Daly rose like a star on the mystery fans' horizon with Unexpected Night." - The New York Times
"Spooky from start, with extra shivery climax at [a] theatrical performance where death plays leading role." - The Saturday Review of Literature

Amberly Cowden was staying at a Maine golf resort just as he attained the age of majority, and with it a one million dollar inheritance. "He is imagined to have celebrated his coming of age by going out and falling off a cliff. Poor old Amby." "Poor old Amby," indeed, but it is fine news and better timing for his relatives. Had he died before reaching the age of 21, every cent of the money would have gone to "some French connections" utterly alien to Amberly's American relations.
As luck would have it, the extra-keen sleuth Henry Gamadge is at the resort for a bit of R & R. Never one to ignore a suspicious turn of events, Gamadge vows to get to the bottom of young Amberly's death, no matter what the cost.

From the jacket:
Distinguished by a delightful humor and by the freshness of its writing, this novel tells of terror and strange murder in a Maine seacoast resort.
An army family, the relatives and hangers-on of a rich young invalid, a summer theater group of Irish players, an expert on documents, and the salt Maine air are the components of Miss Daly's novel.
The reasons why it was necessary for Amberley Cowden's body to be found on the beach at the bottom of the cliff near the hotel and for his sister alma to be repeatedly frightened are part of the solution of this original and unusual plot. Young Gamadge doesn't think it strange that Amberly Cowden has died, but he begins to worry when one of the Irish players tells him that he had the evil eye. It turns out that the actor was very nearly right.
With great skill and a fine feeling for people and detail Miss Daly makes her first novel individual and vividly alive.

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Used availability for Elizabeth Daly's Unexpected Night

Hardback Editions

January 1991 : USA Hardback

Title: Unexpected Night
Author(s): Elizabeth Daly
ISBN: 1-56054-079-6 / 978-1-56054-079-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Pr
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Paperback Editions

October 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Unexpected Night: Henry Gamadge #1
Author(s): Elizabeth Daly
ISBN: 1-937384-77-2 / 978-1-937384-77-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Felony & Mayhem
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September 1994 : USA Paperback
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Title: Unexpected Night (Otto Penzler's Classic American Mystery Library)
Author(s): Elizabeth Daly
ISBN: 1-883402-51-4 / 978-1-883402-51-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Otto Penzler Books
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January 1986 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Unexpected Night
Author(s): Elizabeth Daly
ISBN: 0-553-25129-5 / 978-0-553-25129-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam Books (Mm)
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Kindle Editions

December 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Unexpected Night: Henry Gamadge #1
Author(s): Elizabeth Daly
Publisher: Felony & Mayhem Press
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June 2012 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Unexpected Night
Author(s): Elizabeth Daly
Publisher: St. Swithin Press
Availability: Amazon