|The house under construction|
MRJ, naturally, wrote a special ghost story for the house's library, concerning a dolls' house that is remarkably similar to Queen Mary's, though it's a replica of a fabulous manor house "in Strawberry Hill Gothic" instead of a royal palace. You should thus imagine it as having fewer stories than this one, but built along much the same lines and on the same scale.
The dolls' house is purchased for a suspiciously low price by an avid antiques collector, but he gets a nasty surprise. In the middle of the night the house lights up and puts on a show; a re-enactment of a murder and subsequent haunting with deadly results.
James noted at the end of the story that this is pretty much "The Mezzotint" carried out in a different artistic medium, but hoped that there was "enough of variation in the setting to make the repetition of the motif tolerable."
|The dolls' house library|
The plot of this story was lifted wholesale for the children's book The Dollhouse Murders, by Betty Ren Wright, in 1983. It was republished fairly recently, so if you want to read it, you shouldn't have any trouble finding it at the library.