Vintage Silver Age Mystery
Just the Facts Category: Why – It won an award of any sort
Cloak and Dagger Challenge #1
Date Finished: January 6, 2018
A wife in the country club set, coming from a rather low-class background, shoots her husband as he is packing to leave her just because she’s been sleeping around. To help cover her tracks, she enlists the aid of her husband’s cousin, a brainy, lazy sort, who also happens to be sleeping with the wife. But the best laid plays of mice and men go astray.
A humorous slant on this story told from the criminal’s perspective, in which the reader is encouraged to root against justice being done. As the cover claims, the hardcover version of this story won the 1960 Cock Robin Mystery Award, which seems to have been awarded by Macmillan for two of their own publications in 1959 and 1960. I guess that qualifies as an award of any sort. Double Trouble: A Bibliographic Chronicle of Ace Mystery Doubles states that this is Flora’s most successful novel. Though it seemed somewhat slight, the wife, Willie, certain is a character and you do root for her throughout the book.