Beach Day by Rodger Bliss
May 2024

Another Max Gaetanno Mystery

Sunday had finally come for Detective Max Gaetanno. It was the day of the auction. He was an avid collector of antique items. He was looking for something from the collection of a king, especially Louis XIV, as he did not have any of his items.

Finally, the collection of King Louis XIV came up for auction. The first item was a bathing towel which was supposedly used every day by the king. Everyone was eager to get his hands on the old torn piece of cloth, but Max knew that it was a fake piece and decided to leave the auction hall immediately.

How did he know that the towel was a fake?


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4 guesses to Another Max Gaetanno Mystery

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  • he saw a tag on it made in china.

  • Dude

    No, that’s not it. Keep trying.

  • Paul

    People rarely bathed prior to the 18th century. Royalty used powder and perfumes to smell more fresh than the common folk. Louis 14 aka the Sun King, is beleved to have bathed only a few times in his 77 year life.

  • Dude

    Paul, you nailed it!

    Max knew it was a fake because there was no possibility of the king using the cloth every day. King Louis XIV only took three baths in his life of 77 years, and he desired none of them.

    The three times were:

    1.When he was baptized.
    2.When a mistress insisted.
    3.When a doctor lanced a boil on his derriere and ordered him to soak in a tub filled with water.

    Paul, you’re today’s winner.