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One of the Best...,
This review is from: The Mother Hunt (Mass Market Paperback)
This story makes best use of Archie's abilities with women. In this case, two women - the client and a key informant - help solve an unusual case.
A baby is left at a widow's doorstep. A note is attached with a straight pin: "A Boy Should Live In His Father's House." Since the widow was painfully aware of her late husband's philandering, she accepts the responsiblity...
But she also wants to know who the mother is. Not to exact revenge, but really to make sure that the baby's mom is OK.
This story has a strong plot line, but it is Stout on mental health that makes it memorable. So much of this, almost unconsciously, is about forgiveness, moving on with life, and the power of selfless love for another person.
Murder mysteries don't often afford much of a platform for this type of discourse. Here, you'll learn something valuable about life, in addition to seeing a tough case solved...