Ben Bones #6
The Twin Pistols

 

In which, the protagonist, Benjamin S. Bones,
Consulting Genealogist and Articulator of Family Skeletons,
is called in by a collector of antique guns to help reunite a
pair of duelling pistols that had been in his family
centuries ago, but had become separated.

The search seems clear at the start, but quickly becomes
complicated when ancient lineage lines diverge,
and the twin duelling pistols do, too.
Lives hang in the balance.
It's a good thing that duelling has been outlawed,
but maybe a "secret" rendezvous can be arranged
early one morning.
"Gentlemen, please name your seconds."

In the end, of course, Ben solves the problem
and walks away unscathed.