- File Size: 1156 KB
- Print Length: 159 pages
- Publisher: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road (May 14, 2013)
- Publication Date: May 14, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CHW662A
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,503 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
|Digital List Price:||$9.99|
|Print List Price:||$14.95|
Save $6.96 (47%)
Your Memberships & Subscriptions
Murder on Wheels (The Hildegarde Withers Mysteries Book 2) Kindle Edition
|New from||Used from|
|Kindle, May 14, 2013||
|Length: 159 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible book with Whispersync for Voice. Add the Audible book for a reduced price of $7.49 when you buy the Kindle book.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Customers who bought this item also bought
About the Author
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Inspector Oscar Piper heads up the investigation, with his friend Miss Hildegarde Withers in tow. The two middle-aged sleuths met in the first book in this series ("The Penguin Pool Murder") and set off to get married at the end of that story. Of course, they never made it and in this book we find out why. It quickly becomes apparent that while they like and admire each other and share a common interest in murder investigations, both are too set in their ways to be suitable marriage partners. But their bond is strong and a mysterious murder has them working happily in tandem, with only an occasional argument when Piper's assumption of male superiority gets on Hildegarde's nerves.
The Staits are an old New York City family, but most of the money's gone and the family now consists of domineering "Gran" who never leaves the top floor of the house, batty Aunt Abbie, the Stait twins, and cousin Hubert. Both Gran and Abbie dote on Lew Stait and have nothing good to say about Laurie, but the brothers are close and affectionate. Their good nature extends to Hubert, an orphan cousin they treat as a younger brother. On the day of the murder, Laurie Stait has borrowed Lew's open roadster and is driving down a busy street in Manhattan when he's mysteriously "hanged." Impossible? That's what it looks like to Oscar Piper, too.
The Inspector and Miss Piper soon discover that there are rifts in the Stait family. The brothers appear to be in love with the same woman. A pretty young housemaid is infatuated with Lew, but puzzled by how much he's changed since his brother's death. And Hubert is scared to death, convinced that Lew murdered Laurie and that he's next! Inspector Piper is convinced that the murder was somehow manged by a rodeo star who had a grudge against Laurie. But then there's that damned alibi.
I can see why readers loved this series when it appeared in 1931. The Great Depression had America in a death grip and everyone desperately needed a laugh. The humor in this book is even better than the first one. Gran and her profane, bald parrot are gut-bustingly funny. Even better is when Inspector Piper insists on holding a line-up in hope that a "speakeasy" owner can identify the rodeo rider. The speak owner proves to have a phenomenal memory. He not only verifies the horseman's story, but recognizes several cops and civil employees as regular customers. Prohibition wouldn't be repealed until December, 1933 and consumption of alcohol was still illegal. It's hilarious.
What surprises me is the skill with which the author portrays these two middle-aged people and their quirks. Considering that Stuart Palmer was only 26-years-old when the first book appeared, Inspector Oscar Piper and Miss Hildegarde Withers are even more amazing than if they had been created by an older writer.
In the end (naturally) Miss Withers solves the case. She destroys a couple of precious goose down pillows to prove that one person's story is a fake. She shows Inspector Piper how the murderer took advantage of slow rush hour traffic. And she realizes that the case is actually one of mistaken identity, with a murder on the side.
It's a corker. I'm enjoying this series even more than I thought I would.
This clever little mystery, written in 1932, involves the murder, by hanging, of a twin brother while in a car on Fifth Avenue in New York City during rush hour. A cabbie saw the victim fly up and out of the car backwards and then the driverless car crashed.
The schoolteacher (Miss Withers) and the police inspector (Inspector Piper) take their own approaches to solving the case.
It's short (159 pages) and plot-driven. I love this series but wish that more of them were back in print. Yes, they're dated but they're still as enjoyable as ever.
Top international reviews
Rue Morgue Press describe this as a "gem". It is. The book is, at the same time, a picture of life in New York City years ago, a spot the killer for all the right reasons problem and fun.
I'm looking for more books featuring Miss Withers