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In the novel The Mystery of the Blue Train, Lord Leconbury is the father of Derek Kettering and father-in-law of Ruth Kettering. Early in the novel, Ruth tells her father Rufus Van Aldin that she had gone down to Leconbury to speak to Lord Leconbury. She wanted him to speak to his son about his infidelity. According to Ruth, his Lordship sympathised and offered to speak to his son Derek.

Rufus Van Aldin was however sceptical of the results. He felt that Lord Leconbury was "a wash-out". Derek knew that his father was about to die so whatever he said to his son would "cut darned little ice".

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