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Stuart Palmer (1905 1968) was an American author of mysteries. Born in Baraboo, Wisconsin, Palmer worked a number of odd jobs including apple picking, journalism, and copywriting before publishing his first novel, the crime drama "Ace of Jades", in 1931. It was with his second novel, however, that he established his writing career: "The Penguin Pool Murder" introduced Hildegarde Withers, a schoolmarm who, on a field trip to the New York Aquarium, discovers a dead body in the pool. Withers was an immensely popular character, and went on to star in thirteen more novels, including "Miss Withers Regrets" (1947) and "Nipped in the Bud" (1951).A master of intricate plotting, Palmer found success writing for Hollywood, where several of his books, including "The Penguin Pool Murder", were filmed by RKO Pictures Inc.
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Product Details

  • Series: Hildegarde Withers Mysteries
  • Paperback: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Rue Morgue Press (December 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781601870636
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601870636
  • ASIN: 1601870639
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,271,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the second Hildegarde Withers/Inspector Piper mystery, now back in print again.

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.
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Palmer ventures into complicated, and less credible, murder methods, but carries it off respectably. Hildegarde reads character and follows the clues to their logical conclusions, with the usual smattering of literary allusions. And as usual, the New York locales are delightful.
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Very well written mystery. I've enjoyed reading the Hildegarde Withers mysteries--I've read three so far and plan on reading more. This one was a bit predictable, but other than that it's a good book to take on vacation.
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This is a period mystery, but written in an unfortunate mid-twentieth century style that makes it seem somehow even more dated than the earlier period in which it had been set. The clues are obvious well before the book's characters point them out. The plot is perfectly transparent as is every twist and turn of the story, too. The protagonist and her partner are not in the least compelling or interesting, the dialogue is corny and silly. If you've read a lot of average-to-good mysteries or cozies you can skip this one without missing anything, because there is nothing either compelling or endearing about this one. I managed to finish this book, but wouldn't read another in this series nor written by this author.
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Since the author is dead and gone-if I remember correctly-I guess a negative review isn't going to hurt anyone and might save an hour or two of some reader's time. The plot to this story is so silly and contrived that I have no idea where to start a review. To say that the characters are stereotypes is an understatement, and if you know anything at all about the skills required to bring off the murder, you know it is impossible under the circumstances described. Add to that the lack of sympathetic characters, and there is no reason to read this book.
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Murder on Wheels, Stuart Palmer's second novel in the Hildegarde Withers series, doesn't rank as highly as the first, The Penguin Pool Murder (Hildegarde Withers Mysteries), but it's still plenty good. Don't be fooled by the red herring in Chapters 3 and 4; it will take the savvy Miss Withers to deduce the murderer in Murder on Wheels.

Published in 1932, Palmer's novel still reads as fresh in the Great Recession as in the Great Depression. Astute detective work combines with witty dialogue and great scenes from a gentler New York City to make this a wonderful read. As a native New Yorker, I was bemused at this Manhattan of 80 years ago, when police inspectors didn't bother with pistols, cabbies reported crimes, and middle-aged schoolteachers thought nothing of tramping through the city after dark on their own.

In Murder on Wheels, 39-year-old Miss Withers, as formidable at sleuthing as she is at keeping her third-grade class of hooligans at Jefferson School polite and on task, joins her beau, the cigar-chomping Inspector Oscar Piper in an investigation; they're looking into the death of a man thrown from a Chrysler roadster on Forty-second Street near Fifth Avenue and killed -- but not in an automobile fatality. The man, identified as Lawrence "Laurie" Stait, died at the end of a noose, as if he'd hanged himself. Withers and Piper immediately sense that it's not suicide but murder, and they look hard at Laurie's identical twin Lew, his domineering grandmother, his dithering Aunt Abbie, his milquetoast cousin Hubert, a possible love interest named Dana, and a saucy upstairs maid, Gretchen Gilbert, who clearly knows more than she's telling.
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The ending was ridiculous. But the story was ok. I had part of it all along. It is certainly an old fashioned cozy and not one of the best. The ending was really strained. However it was good enough and enjoyable enough to read that I am willing to read another. As a teacher I'm rather amazed at Miss Withers cavalier absence from her class.
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The only reason I gave this book 1 star is because There was no way to give it a lower rating. I deleted it after only reading a few pages. I wish they gave books ratings like they do movies because I never would have bought it had I known that it would have had an R or X rating.
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