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By Michael Innes
George Gadberry, “resting actor,” packs his baggage and heads for obscurity while the Tax Inspector beckons. Then he gets a mysterious invitation and a proposition which could result in huge, immense riches. prosperous imbiber, Nicholas Comberford, desires George to impersonate him as a way to safe a spot within the will of fabulously prosperous Great-Aunt Prudence, who lives in a Cistercian monastery and won't enable a unmarried drop of liquor within the position. Gadberry's success turns out to have changed—but at what fee?
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A Change Of Heir by Michael Innes