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- Publisher: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road (February 21, 2017)
- Publication Date: February 21, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N4DQXH5
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Success came quickly. Her first novel, Lay On, MacDuff! (1942) was well received, spawning a three-book series. Over the next two decades, she wrote more than two dozen novels, winning critical acclaim and a dedicated fan base. The Unsuspected (1945) and Mischief (1950) were both made into films, and A Dram of Poison (1956) won the Edgar Award for best novel. She died in California in 1969.
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Esther is napping in a hotel while her husband Tom goes to the car to fetch something. She wakes up to a strange man standing by her bed. It's not Tom. Understandably, she screams. And also understandably, Tom rushes back to the room and knocks the man over the head. The man seemed to have no malice. He was drunk and simply walked into the wrong room. He's very apologetic. They think that's the end of it... a bit of a scare, but the man is fine and Esther is fine, so all is well.
The man then drops dead a few days later from a head injury. Tom feels horribly guilty, and feels he must go to the family and take responsibility. The poor man has left behind a wife and her wheelchair-bound sister, Joan. Widow Audrey is unexpectedly gracious and forgiving. Tom and Esther are struck with how calm and understanding she is. When it comes to light that Audrey and Joan must move and find a new place, the couple decides to allow them to stay in their own home for a brief time... but it ends up not being so brief, and Esther begins to feel like something is wrong... like they're keeping secrets. Like Audrey isn't as kind and sweet as she seems. Perhaps Joan is dangerous... Will they ever leave?
I received an ARC of this book from Net Galley and Open Road Integrated Media, thank you! My review is honest and unbiased.
Several days later, Esther is reading the paper and see where the poor man has dropped dead of an apparent head injury. Left behind is his wife, Audrey, and her disabled sister, Joan. Overcome with guilt, Tom and Esther decide to visit them and seeing how poorly off they are immediately ask them to move in with them until they can find a better place to live.
The temporary stay becomes permanent as Audrey never seems to be able to find anything suitable. Esther is relegated to cook and maid, while it is Esther who greets Tom after his day of work, discusses the day with Tom. And Joan is just a hateful spiteful house guest.
Esther is becoming more suspicious of them as each day goes by. There are whispers ... seemingly small accidents ... and Audrey seems to have designs on Tom.
All in Esther's mind ... jealousy, perhaps? Tom can't see anything beyond his guilt over killing Audrey's husband. But should he be feeling guilty? Esther is seeking the truth ... but will it cost her or Tom their lives?
Excellent suspenseful mystery! It's a short, easy read (100 pages) packed with multi-layered characters.
Many thanks to Open Road Integrated Media / Netgalley for the digital copy of this engaging book. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.