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This is about the fifth of Nicholson's books I've read. At this point it seems somewhat of a formula, but then he was a popular writer turning out a series of novels during the early 20th Century. Rosalind at Red Gate follows the fortunate of a wealthy family looking for a final distribution of the family's assets. Laurence Donovan is the protagonist through whom we see the story. Miss Pat Holbrook and her niece Helen are somewhat thrust upon him as he is a summer house-sitter at an estate called Glenarm. Helen is a very beautiful girl who Larry falls for in an instant. The plot thickens as Helen's father Henry is desperate to get his hands on the million dollars, which in 1907 terms must have seemed huge. Henry hires an Italian thug who the novelist unfortunately refers to as "the Dago." They have a sinister ship called Stilleto which hangs in the harbor. Throw into the mix Helen's look-alike cousin Rosalind, her father Arthur, a love-struck button manufacturer and the novels bumps and grinds to its quite unexpected conclusion. I enjoyed the book, giving allowances for the racial language used that was more common in the era in which it was written. Enjoy!
Loved the mystery and entanglement of this story of a rich old lady who has been given the responsibility of discharging the family's inheritance between herself and her two brothers. Added to the mix are two lookalike cousins, a weathy owner of a button factory, and Larry the protector and problem solver. The book ends rather abruptly and disappointedly leaving the reader to assume that romance of the two couples was amicably resolved