'As a maker of watertight puzzles, Mr Connington has no superior' Daily Mail
Nine men formed a sweepstake syndicate. One man died. To forestall legal argument they agreed that only living members should share any winnings. They won 241,920. And then the deadly arithmetic began.
Nine less one left eight shares worth 30,240; Eight less one left seven shares worth 34,560; Seven less one left six shares worth 40,320; Six less one left five shares worth 48,384. Who was killing for profit And who would be left to collect
Alfred Walter Stewart (1880-1947), who wrote under the pen name J. J. Connington, was born in Glasgow, the youngest of three sons of Reverend Dr Stewart. He graduated from Glasgow University and pursued an academic career as a chemistry professor, working for the Admiralty during the First World War. Known for his ingenious and carefully worked-out puzzles and in-depth character development, he was admired by a host of his better-known contemporaries, including Dorothy L. Sayers and John Dickson Carr, who both paid tribute to his influence on their work. He married Jessie Lily Courts in 1916 and they had one daughter.