Dornford Yates was the pseudonym of the British novelist, Cecil William Mercer (7 August 1885 – 5 March 1960), whose novels and short stories, some humorous (the Berry books), some thrillers (the Chandos books), were best-sellers in the 21-year interwar period between the First and Second world wars. The pen name, Dornford Yates, first in print in 1910, resulted from combining the surnames of his grandmothers — the paternal Eliza Mary Dornford, and the maternal Harriet Yates.
Yates wrote two different types of novels, the first, and earliest, ones are semi-autobiographical, light-hearted romances describing the activities of young, well-do-to people in England during the 1920's and 1930's; the second type is set in the same time-frame but is quite different. Most of these books involve suspenseful and often violent adventures of a group of friends. This series is usually referred to as the Chandros
books. The two books Blind Corner
(1927) and it's sequel Perishable Goods
(1928) in this epub are from the Chandros series. Blind Corner
was the first of Yate's thrillers.
From Blind Corner
I was, indeed, in the act of admiration when the murder was done.
As the other hunched his shoulders above his pipe, Ellis struck him high up to the right of the spine, and, either from the force of the blow or from the wound, the other fell down on his face with a knife in his back.
The murderer staggered across him and nearly fell over the body, bringing himself up against a tree on the far side, panting with stress. So he stayed for a second, with his knees loose and his back flat against the trunk, staring at what he had done. Then he raised his head, and his eyes met mine.
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