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This was a quirky, funny story, lots of lightness yet a terrible crime. There is seemingly no end to the suspect list, and it just keeps growing. Mattie's thoughts and comments are reminiscent of some old detective novels and movies. Not the tough guy ones, but the novels lightened with humourous remarks and thoughts complementing the plot. She gathers information from helpful secretaries, household staff and their contacts among the rich and famous the Quigley's hobnob with. But sleuthing is not all talking to suspects and her own group of listeners, not in the least. At various times she is getting too close to something or someone, but she's not sure what. She is separately arrested, warned off, hog-tied, beaten and drugged, but who is doing what, why and for whom? No matter what, feisty and fun, she keeps on going. She truly believes, along with others, that if she doesn't find Diana before the ransom is paid, Diana will be killed. This is a cozy mystery despite the serious crime, with many contestants for the kidnapper and/or for the murderer. There are lots of false leads and red herrings. Although there is a final wrap-up, I would enjoy reading more cases featuring Mattie and Frankie. I really enjoyed this book.
I got a real sense of how frustrating it must be for a PI, especially a woman, to work outside of the police and get no help at all. Then too, the wealthy relatives and friends aren't exactly gracious to her. But as Mattie digs deeper, she soon uncovers the seamy side of the these well-to-do people she sees that no amount of money that can change the fact that one of them is a killer.
Author Jean Sheldon has her private investigator, Mattie Draper, tell her own story in first person in this page-turning whodunit. What is really fascinating is that you, the reader, are privy to what's going in this rookie detective's head as she meets each suspect, finds the clues, searches for the motives and pieces together the puzzle that eventually leads to solving the case. All the while, Ms. Draper knows she is in a race against time to prevent the devious kidnapper from killing poor Mrs. Quigley. Mystery lovers will find themselves thinking through all the various aspects of the case right along with Mattie. Will you figure it all out before she does?