Vintage Golden Age Mystery
Scavenger Hunt Category: Full Skeleton
Date Finished: March 10, 2017
Follow the Clues step #17: from London street (Cartwright Gardens) to Road
An awful Northern woman has bought a South Carolina plantation from the rightful Southern owners, now reduced to poverty, and has married into an old Southern family. That husband is now in love with the poor niece of the neighboring plantation owner. That awful Northern woman brings in her fellow-Northern friend and interior designer to help convince the poor plantation owner to sell her valuable antique furniture to her. Of course, the awful woman is murdered, but not as soon as she deserved.
Typical Ford melodrama with a narrator that is somewhat removed from the action and the setting. Slow-moving and wordy, with more focus on romance and furniture than on the murder. It is never clear why the friends, lovers, and ex-husbands all continue to revolve around the awful woman, but everyone seems to have a motive once she is killed. The glorification of the old South is hard to stomach. African American servants are around, though hardly acknowledged as real characters. No suspense whatsoever, just a longing for it to be over with.