Florence Brown is something of a burden to herself and to her happier actress-sister, Phoebe. After Florence's one pitiful attempt at suicide, Phoebe persuades her sister to go to a nursing home in the country for a good rest. But Florence trusts neither her sister nor the nursing home and runs away without a hat or coat or even a purse. And she runs straight into the arms of Mrs. Jolly, a nice middle-aged woman who offers her a refuge and the kind of companionship she's always longed for. What happens then provides a spine-chilling tale of suspense, a psychological story of a ruthless murderess with an astonishingly long list of victims to her credit. As in "An Afternoon to Kill" and "The Cellar at No. 5", Shelley Smith demonstrates why she is among the most respected British mystery-suspense novelists.