Raymond West travels down to Cornwall to research his latest novel. He is due to meet with John Newman to discuss the salvage operation of an Armada ship which contains a vast amount of gold. When John Newman is kidnapped and attacked, all fingers point to a local man but is he guilty? Perhaps Miss Marple can solve the case...
In 1927 this short story was published in the UK in Royal Magazine. In the USA it was published in 1928, in Detective Story Magazine, where it was called The Solving Six. It forms one of The Thirteen Problems.
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