When Mr. Satterthwaite visits a new exhibit at the
Harchester Galleries, there is one painting that bears an unusual likeness to a
mysterious acquaintance of his: Mr. Quin. In one bold move he purchases the
canvas on the spot, and in another he invites the artist of “The Dead
Harlequin” to dine with him that night, with an empty place at the table set
for Mr. Quin. Dinner conversation soon turns to the setting of “The Dead
Harlequin,” the doomed and ghostly house Charnley, where many have perished
under tragic circumstances.
Then, when a new guest is announced, it is not Mr. Quin but famed comic
stage actress Aspasia Glen, who demands that she be given the painting. Following
that is a frantic telephone call from Alix Charnley herself, and Alix has the
same request. What is the meaning of the painting, and can it shed any light
upon the happenings at Charnley?
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