Murder with a Past Author:Ellery Queen Ruth couldn't commit murder - — When Dave Tully returned from a business trip that night he found the house dark. At first he thought that Ruth, his wife, was out playing bridge and had been delayed. Then he had a caller. — The caller was Julian Smith, a friend who was also a detective on the local police force. And the story... more » that Julian had to tell was chilling.
A man named Cox had been found murdered in a local motel the night before. He had been shot with a gun that was registered in Dave's name. Furthermore, he was an old boyfriend of Ruth's and at least one witness swore that she had heard the victim, in the next room, call out Ruth's name.
But Ruth couldn't have committed the murder! Dave was very sure of that. But if she hadn't, where was she? Why had she disappeared?« less