Vintage Silver Age Mystery
Scavenger Hunt Category: Jewelry of Any Sort
Date Finished: October 23, 2016
Jack Fenner, a supporting character in the Kent Murdock mystery series, finally gets to star in his own novel late in George Harmon Coxe’s writing career. It is too bad he did not get a stronger outing. A young wealthy woman escapes from a mental institution where he husband had committed her and seeks help from Fenner. Her husband turns up dead shortly thereafter and Fenner has to track down the murderer before the young woman has to report to the police. Some of the dialogue prior to the murder just seems odd, as if Fenner is already gathering murder-related clues. Murdock shows up here, but he works better as a lead, rather than a bland supporting character. Fenner’s character doesn’t have all that much to distinguish it either, and Coxe doesn’t really give us anything new when using Fenner as the lead. Disappointing.