After returning from a lengthy visit to the Orient, Dell goes to the hotel where she and her brother have checked in only hours before. He has disappeared; hotel personnel claim not to remember seeing him and the register shows Dell checked in alone. Doctors tell her she is suffering from
delusions and never really had a brother, and she starts to believe she is going insane. Detective Boyd gets on the case and his careful investigation reveals that Dell's brother has died from the bubonic plague and that the hotel engaged in an elaborate coverup so as not to alarm other guests.
The story is one which had been around for awhile, and seems to have first arisen during the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, where it was alleged that a local hotel had attempted a similar scheme following the death of a guest. The story would be used again in SO LONG AT THE FAIR (1952).
Here, it is given a suspenseful treatment, with Boyd turning in a good performance as a masterful sleuth.
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