Vintage Golden Age Mystery
Scavenger Hunt Category: Shadowy or Ghostly Figure
Date Finished: April 1, 2017
Follow the Clues step #22: from Walk(er) to Run
Nora Pendleton, a rich but shy and sheltered young woman, is in love with a charming man who has just been exonerated on a murder charge. The murder took place on the grounds of a country hotel owned by a distant family member. The acquittal reopens the case, and inexplicably requires all of the suspects, all of whom are related, to return to the country hotel. Nora continues to be rather namby-pamby as various family members are suspected and/or killed. Mr. Potter shows up mid-way through as a poor man’s Campion.
The resolution, though unusual, seems somewhat far-fetched and beyond the rules of fair play. I don’t want to give away too much, but hypnosis is involved in creating the alibi for the killer. It did take a while to get into it, but while the action is somewhat slow moving, the characters and setting are well described, and the suspense builds adequately.