Vintage Silver Age Mystery
Scavenger Hunt Category: Brunette
Date Finished: February 28, 2016
The opposite of the last book I read, Thomas B. Dewey’s Hunter at Large, which had believable human characters, this is another typical Carter Brown outing with cardboard stand-ins for all characters. Private detective Danny Boyd ventures to southern California to investigate the theft of a jeweled tiara from a jewelry store. Somehow this theft was done by switching the real tiara with an imitation one while three beauty contest finalists were posing with the jewelry. Boyd doesn’t even bother to investigate or even name two of these, while the first one he chooses is of course implicated, though the switch is unexplained. Of course, all women are young knock-outs and become involved with Boyd. There is also a murder and a fairly obvious villain. Despite all this, this 1962 mystery is better than most of Brown’s later ones, which force the humor even more. At least it is short.