The Black Opal Author:Dorothy Maywood Bird Laura Stanwood hardly sets foot on Colbert's campus before her journalistic nose for news puts her on the trail of an historic murder mystery that had baffled professional sleuths since 1848. Her interest was aroused when Toe Sargeant told her about the bitter rivalry that existed between the girls' newspaper, the Feminist, and the boys' paper,... more » the Iconoclast.
Solving the murder mystery would be a scoop no one could top, not even the Iconoclast's egghead editor, J. Swinton Towne.
Though Laura soon becomes engrossed in her new friends, studies, football games, and dances, the mystery persistently crops up -- in her English term paper on the history of opals; during a picnic when she discovers a saddle bag with the same name engraved on it as the name found on the murderer's gun; and in an incredible "lost" letter mailed by the victim the very night of the murder!
Girls of today will enjoy this fast-moving story about life at a typical modern college -- typical, that is, until Laura pieces together the jigsaw puzzle of an extraordinary crime« less