Thursday, 29 November 2012

The Widow´s Peak by Jerome Nicholas

Archies´s wife died in 1942 and at the end of the war he launched a successful career writing crime novels under the pseudonym ‘Jerome Nicholas’. The Sketch reviewed his second novel ‘the Asbestos Mask’ [1948] as ‘a very exciting spy story’. The main character in his first, 'The Widows Peak' has just returned from Malaysia to the UK and at the conclusion of the novel marries the beautiful war widow. (Oh, and he uses the name Archie for his boss). It could be no more than a coincidence but years later on Thursday, Aug 02, 1956 The Timesreported an “Engagement announced and the marriage will take place shortly quietly between Charles Archibald Vlieland ... and Audrey, widow of Arthur Henry John Hubert daughter of Mr and Mrs Michael Hanhart of Hampstead”. Arthur Hubert had, indeed, died in 1943 during the war.

The Straits Times, 20 March 1947, Page 9

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