Rhoda Montain is bride who seeks the help of Perry Mason. However, overcome by emotion she leaves her purse behind and rushes out of his office. Believing that her first husband was deceased, she has remarried a very wealthy man. Since he was supposedly dead she wants him declared legally deceased when he is found dead in his apartment. Rhoda is a primary suspect. Gregory Moxley, alias Gregory Lorton, had returned to try to blackmail her. His mode of operation was to marry young women, take whatever money they have (to invest) and vanish. Now Mason, believing Rhoda innocent, must discover who really murdered Moxley/Lorton.
Once again the mystery is so well written that I could not determine who did the murder. Clues abound but, for me, do not come together to point to the murderer. This mystery closes in the courtroom where Mason and the DA battle over the fate of Rhoda Mountain. Good fast paced read.