By Margaret Maron
A relic of Manhattan's Gilded Age, the Erich Bruel condo on Gramercy Park contained 3 flooring of wonderful art--and one Christmas corpse. Now it truly is as much as Lieutenant Sigrid Harald to wrap up this murder sooner than the killer moves back during this vintage secret via the writer of "Rituals of the Season."
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Beardsley lived diagonally across the park at number 35. As senior docent, however, she spent almost as much time at the Breul House as she did in her own. She had hoped for the seat on the board of trustees that had recently gone-to Dr. Shambley, but until that prize dropped into her lap, she would continue to conduct tours of the house, arrange seasonal decorations, and intimidate the reduced staff. Mrs. Beardsley’s officiousness might weary Benjamin Peake—especially when he was called upon to calm the ruffled waters she left in her wake—but the director revenged himself with the secret knowledge that the woman would never become a trustee as long as he had a say in the matter.
Their Christmas card that year depicted Father Christmas in his long red robes and furred hood as he warmed himself before a roaring fire. Inside was a verse from Sir Walter Scott, one of Mr. —the wind is chill: But let it whistle as it will, We’ll keep our Christmas merry still. —AN INFORMAL TOUR, BY MRS. HAMILTON JOHNSTONE III, SENIOR DOCENT. (COPYRIGHT 1956) II Friday, December 11 THANKS TO THE SUSSEX SQUARE PRESERVATION Society, which had successfully fought to retain them, six of the city’s last original gas streetlights survived in working order, and here in the early December twilight their soft flickers gleamed upon polished brass door handles and kick plates.
August of 1912? ” He looked past the circle of bright light in which he sat, out to the dim stretches of attic crammed with boxes and trunks, and wild surmises filled his head. “Silent, upon a peak in Darien,” he jeered at himself. And yet—! In another attic several blocks southeast of the Breul House, a different discovery had just been made. While renovating their old, but newly purchased, red brick row house in the East Village, Daniel and Gigi DeLucca had found a rusty tin footlocker pushed up under the eaves of the fourth-floor attic behind stacks of National Geographics.