Speed Saunders has used his dramatic authority powers to seal the building and time-plucks young Adolf Hitler out of Bavarian Infantry Regiment 16 to assist with the investigation of Mr. Trelawney's murder.
|"I admire ze orderliness of zis kitchen."|
Speed then makes a big deal out of finding a "secret panel", which, to me, looks like a decidedly NON-secret panel: a pantry pass-through that allows servants to easily transfer new and used trays to the main room. But even if it wasn't a secret panel before, it better damned well BECOME one when Speed Saunders says it is.
|It opens at his very touch. Like a metropolitan library, or Trelawney.|
Sure enough, because it is the will of Saunders, the Death Weapon is Revealed.
|It turns out to be a surrealist art installation. Damned surrealists; never trust 'em.|
|Wonder Woman's Lasso of Truth is made of Speed Saunders' beard stubble.|
Then she dumps a lot of unnecessary personal backstory like she's Louise Bourgé in Death on the Nile to give an illusion of depth to the mystery.
|"I, meanwhile, as the sun extricated itself from the horizon like a gently absconding lover, was applying Ricil to les yeux pour un maquillage complet, harmonieux, y parfait with my newly patented mascara appliqué, remembering the simple days of my childhood with my mother, a widow of La Guerre Mondiale..."|
|Lots of Adolf jokes to make here and I'm not going near any of 'em.|
As it happens, that person is not only Louise's boyfriend but one of the Killers of Kurdistan and operator of the Rube Goldberg Murdering Device.
|You'll note that this makes a lovely bookend to the panel where Tom's body is discovered, which is how the story starts. Golden Age had style.|
|"I vill establish an eggsclusive zphere of influence!"|
"However you want to put it, Adolf."
|What I wanna know is: how could Louise's boyfriend have named this woman as his boss when this woman doesn't even have a name? "You know... the lady with the red crescents atop her breasts..."|
|"The Veiled Prophetress of the Killers of Kurdistan" sounds like a Dr. Strange villain.|
|Don't worry about her. Since she's such an over the top foreign femme fatale, Adolf gets her a work-release job fighting against Wonder Woman; |
work makes her free.
You can certainly see why Speed Saunders is the star of Detective Comics! There was no time to show it, but I'm convinced that off-panel before he died Trelawney willed his estate to Speed, who just has to patch up that kitchen window and fire Louise before moving in.