Gypsy Rose Lee – Mother Finds a Body (1942)

MotherFindsaBody

Vintage Golden Age Mystery
Scavenger Hunt Category: Graveyard
Date Finished: May 31, 2016

A nice dust-jacketed copy of the World Publishing Co./Tower Books 1944 edition was awarded to me by Bev for finishing last year’s Golden Age Bingo contest. I think I liked it better than Bev did, but perhaps I was just in the right mood for it. The wacky nature of the strippers, burlesque comics, and mother-in-law tagging along on Gypsy and Biff Brannigan’s honeymoon in a small auto trailer were somewhat enjoyable, as was the backstage scenes amid the performers. The mystery starts out well, with mother hiding the body she found in the camper bathtub. A couple of more deaths follow, but not many suspects are available for suspicion. It all gets wrapped up quickly with fairly vague motives and no clear explanations for the extraordinary coincidences involved. Supposedly, the first book, The G-String Murders, is a better mystery. It was long claimed that Craig Rice was the ghost writer for this one, but that has been disproved. This wouldn’t quite match up to the plot quality of her own works.

Vintage Golden Scavenger 2016-05-31a

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