The French Powder Mystery Author:Ellery Queen At the stroke of noon the uniformed maid in the Fifth Avenue window of French's Department Store picked up a long ivory wand and began the demonstration by pointing to the first placard. The window contained an exhibit of an ultra-modern living room and bedroom created by Paul Lavery of Paris. Solemly the demonstrator went from placard to plac... more »ard while the crowd on the sidewalk watched.
The fifth placard announced a concealed wall bed. Pointing to it once more for emphasis, the demonstrator walked to the west wall and pressed a small ivory button. A section of the wall slid outward. The bed unfolded and settled horizontally.
From the silken sheet slid the body of a woman - palefaced, crumpled, distorted, her clothes bloody. The demonstrator shrieked, fainted, and fell to the floor beside the corpse.« less