Frédéric Boutet: The Fortuneteller (conclusion)

Frédéric Boutet Mystery The Fortuneteller (conclusion)                       The voracious Guland had swallowed a rabbit bone sideways and nearly made an end of himself. It was tragic. Mme Lazzarra, a hand in the suffocating pug’s gullet, fished for the bone. Gloria was hysterical. Guland at last […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Fortuneteller (part one)

Frédéric Boutet Mystery The Fortuneteller (part one)                       Mme Lazzarra, the famous sorceress, the incomparable seer, was that morning at home, quite tranquil. As by habit, she was on the verge of taking her little cup of café au lait. At her side, lapping daintily […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Apparition (complete)

Frédéric Boutet Mystery The Apparition (complete)                                                                                                         It was ten o’clock, and all those who were this evening to participate in the séance at the house of Mme Harmelle, had arrived. In a grand salon, of a sumptuousness sober and old-fashioned, they formed three distinct groups, with […]

Frédéric Boutet: A Playboy’s Scandal (complete)

Frédéric Boutet A Few Blackmails A Playboy’s Scandal (complete)                   It was on a spring evening at a casino, in a spa of the Midi with thermal baths, very chic. In the shadows that favored the garden in winter, the Chevalier Hector Montelli leaned his black moustache […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Birthmark (complete)

Frédéric Boutet A Few Blackmails The Birthmark (complete)                       “Watch the road…if anyone comes,” ordered the blind man, a meagre fellow without age, wrapped in a macintosh the color of dust. Through a hole in the hedge where they’d hidden themselves, the youth who accompanied […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Amateur (conclusion)

Frédéric Boutet A Few Blackmails The Amateur (conclusion)                             “But I tell you I’m not a thief!” moaned Marcel. “Oh! Enough of jokes,” interrupted the jeweler wearily. “Your story! Isn’t it plain? Caught with your hand in the bag…why the dear little […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Amateur (part one)

Frédéric Boutet A Few Blackmails The Amateur (part one)                       Marcel Chambrun returned from an evening gathering at around two a.m. In the comfortable little townhouse he shared with his mother, he made his noiseless way, taking care not to wake anyone. He reached his […]

Frédéric Boutet: An Investigation (complete)

Frédéric Boutet A Few Blackmails An Investigation (complete)                       “Denise! What a nice surprise! You’ve come to spend the afternoon with me, have you? As you see, I’ve been stitching virtuously… Heavens, what is it?” Yvonne Vertel, who, to welcome Denise Cartier had arranged her […]

Frédéric Boutet: A Reputation (conclusion)

Frédéric Boutet A Few Blackmails A Reputation (conclusion)                         Better even than his impudent visitor, he knew the effect such a revelation would produce, and the disrepute, unjust but inevitable, it would reflect on himself. He thought of his friends and his enemies, of […]

Frédéric Boutet: A Reputation (part one)

Frédéric Boutet A Few Blackmails A Reputation (part one)                             “Monsieur, a gentleman has come on the part of the Philanthropic Society of Paris.” “Well, let him in,” said M. Blestat. He folded his newspaper, shook his cigar ash into the fire, […]