The Sapphire Bracelet (Edward Salisbury Field, 1910)

A young woman is staying at a resort hotel in New Jersey with her aunt. The place is no longer fashionable and she finds it rather dull. A young man appears, and for no other reason than to amuse herself, the woman concocts the story that a sapphire bracelet had been stolen from her room and that she was glad the detective had arrived so quickly. He, for no other reason besides having immediately fallen in love with her, plays along. The woman goes home and thinks nothing more of the event until a package arrives at her door containing a sapphire bracelet. She then must find a way to return the bracelet to its actual owner, who she’s sure is the disreputable woman with dyed hair she saw at the hotel, and get back at the man who got her into this situation — a man that, try as she might to hate, she’s also beginning to fall in love with.

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