Vinnie comes to stay with her friend Damaris whose father Ross has a fabulous collection of Italianate objets d'art. Including a poison ring. Damaris however has more than a case of nerves over the apparitions of the mother she is said to have killed. Apparently she's being slowly poisoned. . . . Attar of arsenic and tuberoses - they're said to be the dangerous pleasures - for those other ladies of the evening and quite all right as Boston Renaissance Gothic. (Kirkus Reviews)
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