Upon the death of his cousin, a terror stricken relative consults Miss Pomeroy, a Female Detective But when the death is declared natural, there seems no likelihood of connecting it to a crime


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  1. Bev Bev says:

    Murderer s Choice 1943 by Anna Mary Wells begins with two cousins sharing dinner at a fine restaurant Frank Osgood has been cautiously enjoying the meal hosted by his cousin Charles He s waiting to find out what the catch is Because there s always a catch when it looks like Charles is being nice to him The two cousins have been at odds since they were young with Charles always acting superior and despising the younger boy Nothing changed when they became menexcept they saw little of e Murderer s Choice 1943 by Anna Mary Wells begins with two cousins sharing dinner at a fine restaurant Frank Osgood has been cautiously enjoying the meal hosted by his cousin Charles He s waiting to find out what the catch is Because there s always a catch when it looks like Charles is being nice to him The two cousins have been at odds since they were young with Charles always acting superior and despising the younger boy Nothing changed when they became menexcept they saw little of each other And now, suddenly, Charles is treating him to dinner What does he have up his sleeve When the brandy is served, Frank finds out His cousin tells him in the most pleasant way possible that he has taken out a life insurance policy and made Frank the beneficiary as well as having made a will in Frank s favor Now Frank knows something is up Then within the next six months he plans to commit suicide and arrange it so his cousin will be tried, convicted, and executed for his murder He even encourages Frank to tell whomever he likes after all, who will believe him Frank is quite sure that Charles is fully capable of arranging things just the way he wants He knew his cousin hated him, but he never imagined he hated him enough to kill himself just so he could take Frank out as well.Frank lives in terror, trying to imagine what his cousin s diabolical plan might be and then Charles dies and the death is determined to be natural causes Frank knows there must be some false evidence somewhere that points to him and rather than wait for the ax to fall, he hires the Keene Detective Agency to investigate The Agency assigns Grace Pomeroy, formerly a psychiatric nurse, to take the case She listens to Frank s odd story and, not quite believing it, she begins to investigate She can find no evidence of an insurance policy or a will She does find evidence that Charles squandered his money on something, but there s nothing to show what that something was She s pretty sure he paid off a doctor to say he had heart trouble and set up a ruling of natural causes, but she can t find anything to show that he planted some twist that will finger his cousin as a murderer The investigation digs up a woman who claims to be Charles s wife, a housekeeper who wants the money promised her by Charles, and the possibility that Charles was poisoned But was he And, if so, who did it Did Frank do it to strike early and prevent his cousin from framing him Does that even make any sense There are plenty of twists and turns in the Wells novel and a surprise ending where Grace employs clever questioning and her knowledge of human psychology to find the solution This is an enjoyable and quick read Grace Pomeroy is one of the few female private investigators and her background as a psychiatric nurse serves her well in her venture into the detective business She brings quick insight and a very human touch to her work and finds a very humane solution to the mystery and 3 4 almost four rounded up here First posted on my blog My Reader s Block Please request permission before reposting Thanks


  2. Julie Julie says:

    What a pleasure it is, reading a thrift store find that turns out to be so entertaining It s always a crapshoot, buying a book author you have never heard anything about Will it be gold or dross In this case, it was gold all the way I researched the author and discovered very little about her She wrote 3 mystery novels in the 1940 s She wrote for The New Yorker She had pieces published there from 1928 1955 She was an associate professor of English at Douglass College That s all my googl What a pleasure it is, reading a thrift store find that turns out to be so entertaining It s always a crapshoot, buying a book author you have never heard anything about Will it be gold or dross In this case, it was gold all the way I researched the author and discovered very little about her She wrote 3 mystery novels in the 1940 s She wrote for The New Yorker She had pieces published there from 1928 1955 She was an associate professor of English at Douglass College That s all my google skills turned up Not sure why she only wrote 3 mysteries Based upon my read of this one, she should written a lotI appreciated that the lead detective was a middle aged woman who was a licensed nurse before becoming a working private detective Off hand, I can t think of many mysteries written in the 1940 s and earlier that had a female detective as the lead There is elderly Miss Marple, of course, but she is an amateur detective Same with Patricia Wentworth s Miss Silver mysteries And the same again with Gladys Mitchell s elderly female detective Mrs Bradley Nancy Drew is at least not elderly, but she is still an amateur sleuth Grace Pomeroy is a working woman rather than a non threatening grandma type Maybe that s why this series sputtered out after only 3 books I liked all the characters as well as the plot and the pacing For some reason, I felt like I was reading a black white B movie and I mean that in the best possible sense I ll have to search out the two remaining books of the series and see if they are as enjoyable to read as this one was


  3. Lexi Lexi says:

    Quite good, I d read .