|First Published in 1960|
Peggy Robertson thought she had left the small town where she was raised for behind her. Peggy had won honors at college, settled in the city, and now, despite her good looks and comparative youth, already had launched a brilliant career as a scholar and teacher.
But now Peggy was coming home...back to a house haunted by violent death and strange mystery...back to a man who was a genius or a devil or both...back to a love that could not be spokeand to a deadly danger that would not be denied...
This synopsis on the back of the book is a bit deceiving as Peggy's cousin Charles is really the main character and her named is spelled differently inside the book! It's Peggie in the book. Hmm...
Peggie makes a minor appearance in the first part of the book after her granny is found dead on the stairs and then goes back home (or does she?). But she does play a bigger part in the last quarter of the book as does a secret romance.
Charles' Aunt Alice, Peggie's granny, is found dead on the stairs when Charles returns from a short walk to the mailbox the first evening he is home after a 3 year absence. He stayed away all that time as he was in love with the neighbor's wife, but she loved her husband. In that three years a lot had changed mostly his Aunt Alice's health. She'd had a bad fall. Alice never attempted the stairs since her fall. What was she doing on them? Why was the attic door open when Charles is sure David Baldrey, the odd jobs man, had closed it earlier in the day? Who is this Professor Stacey thats been writing Aunt Alice about researching long dead relatives and why is he here a week before he was expected? Then there is a second murder!
Well plotted, lots of good suspects, secrets and illicit love affairs and a grand old house. Good read. Never disappointed by Elizabeth Ferrars.
This book qualifies for Bev's Vintage Mystery Cover Scavenger Hunt Silver Age Mysteries for the category A Statue. That brings me up to a total of 6, 4 for Silver Age and 2 for Golden Age.
Also qualifies for Gothic Fiction Reading Challenge @Book of SecretsT his is my second book for this one.
And of course Read Scotland 2016 as Ms. Ferrars is Scottish! 7 of 21 books needed for this one.
3 birds with one book!