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Elizabeth Gill was born Elizabeth Joyce Copping in 1901, into a family including journalists, novelists and illustrators. She married for the first time, at the age of 19, to archaeologist Kenneth Codrington. Her second marriage, to artist Colin Gill, lasted until her death, at the age of only 32, in 1934, following complications from surgery.

She is the author of three golden age mystery novels, The Crime Coast (aka Strange Holiday) (1931), What Dread Hand? (1932), and Crime de Luxe (1933), all featuring eccentric but perceptive artist-detective Benvenuto Brown.

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A tragic discovery was made at Bishop’s Hotel last evening when a maid, on entering the suite of Signora da Costa, a rich Argentine guest at the hotel, found her dead body on the bed wrapped in an eiderdown.

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Before she could touch him she saw it—the handle of a weapon sticking out between his shoulder-blades.

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“Give me my rights or I will let them kill you. Think what has happened already—”

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