Critics praised Taylor's debut, wherein the admirable private detective, San Francisco's Maggie Elliott, solved The Cable Car Murders. Now she's at her alma mater for a class reunion, interrupted by a challenging assignment. Two women have been killed: wealthy, elderly Vassar alumna Chloe Warren and scholarship student Deborah Marten. Elliott believes the crimes are connected and agrees to investigate on behalf of Pudgie Brown, Chloe's principal heir, whom the police have arrested. There are many relatives, the sleuth learns, who would benefit from the old woman's death. One is magnetic Peter Warren; although he is a suspect and worse, in her liberal view, a Republican, Elliott becomes his lover. There is terrific excitement in the tense tale that ends with a double disclosure in incidents that seem to spell the detective's doom. Lines from an earlier Vassar graduate, Edna St. Vincent Millay, add luster here.
Mystery and murder at the upper crust college. Motives and suspects abound, with a surprising twist at the end.
Maggie Elliot, a San Francisco private detective, arrives at Vassar for her fifteenth reumion only to find her alma mater up in arms over the murder of elderly extremely wealthy Chloe Warren. Chloe's niece, heir to her $50 million fortune, has been accused of the murder and her family and friends convince Maggie to find the real culprit. Just a few days after Chloe's death Deborah Marten, would be dancer from Minnesota, is found strangled on campus and Maggie is certain the two cases are related, all she has to do is prove it.
This is a solid, exciting story, worth reading.