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Dr Morelle Takes a Bow

By Ernest Dudley

Miss Frayle is no longer employed by psychiatrist and detective, Dr. Morelle.

Her replacement is beyond frustrating and Dr. Morelle would do anything to have Miss Frayle back in his employ. As luck has it, Miss Frayle, who is now working for Hugo Coltman, head of a drama school, comes to Dr. Morelle with an invitation for him to lecture at the drama school. Thinking that accepting the invitation may help towards enticing Miss Frayle back to working for him, he accepts. But, what turns out to be an innocent lecture, soon turns into a suspicious one.

Holt Coltman is proud of his drama school. Having worked hard to build it up, he is keen to ensure there are no negative associations. But when a series of sinister events start to occur, Coltman takes matters into his own hands. Someone, maybe one of the students or the teachers, certainly someone within the drama school, is out to cause as much suffering as possible. But why? And why won’t Coltman involve the police?

The students take it into their own hands to catch the suspect … but this leads to dire consequences. With Dr. Morelle on hand to investigate, Coltman feels reassured. But, after a brutal murder, tension mounts as Dr. Morelle and Miss Frayle find themselves targeted by the killer. Can Dr. Morelle’s investigation be successfully concluded, and the murderer unmasked?

Ernest Dudley was a journalist, novelist, playwright, scriptwriter and actor. He was born in Worcestershire in 1908 and died in London in 2006. Largely self-educated, Dudley had a fascinating career. His most enduring achievement was the creation of Dr. Morelle, the lead character in Dudley’s successful classic mystery fiction.

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