Mignon Eberhart – The Cup, the Blade, or the Gun (1961)

Cup, the Blade or the Gun

Silver Age
Category: Method of Murder in Title
Date Finished: July 5, 2015

Well, this one was a struggle for me. I claim it isn’t due to a female protagonist, but rather a combination of other factors. I was surprised to find that this was set in 1863 Mississippi, as a Connecticut woman has just married into a Southern family and soon arrives as the mistress of a Southern plantation. Eberhart is a well-regarded suspense writer, but the chapters of interior monologues as to, “oh no, who could have killed Emile” gets to be a bit much. Eberhart tries to mitigate the Southern attitudes with a duck-out-of-water Northern, but there is way too much of noble Lost Cause attitude, especially for 1961. The only slaves we see are the three who have failed to escape, and then only as they relate to serving the master’s family. It is sad that a Lincoln, Nebraska native would not have more insight into the awful institution and worry less about the poor, poor plantation.

Vintage Silver Bingo 2015-07-05


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