From the Jacket: San Francisco is the locale of this fast-paced mystery by the author of The Indigo Necklace and The Man in Gray—San Francisco of the fabulously steep hills, the fog drifting in over the bay, the excellent restaurants and the exotic dives. On one of its hills, in a muffling fog, Pat and Jean Abbott, Mrs. Crane’s delightful sleuthing couple, see a car crash into a hydrant, and it's no surprise to anyone when a murdered man is found slumped behind the wheel. The dead man, however, is the estranged husband of a very good friend of the Abbotts, Nancy Leland. Because Nancy is suspected of the murder, the Abbotts are from then on involved in two more murders, mayhem and a few other slightly illegal activities. A grim chain of apparently unrelated clues leads them to the murderer, and to a solution of more than passing interest to the Federal Bureau of Narcotics.”
Also published as The Indigo Necklace Murders
“Appealing background, pleasingly described; some family skeletons;
bitter-sweet romance, and customarily deft Abbott sleuthing.”—The Saturday Review
Lieutenant Pat Abbott and his lovable but
slightly rattle-brained wife, Jean, have become about the most popular couple
in murder fiction today. In The Indigo Necklace, Frances Crane takes them to
New Orleans, where a huge wartime population has overflowed into the famous
French quarter, steeped in tradition and old-world ceremony. When murder is
done amidst these incongruous elements, it takes ingenious sleuthing indeed to
unravel the crime!
Pat Abbott and his Jean are paying guests
of a proud old Creole family, luxuriating in the charm of their surroundings,
when Jean discovers a body at her very doorstep. Before the Lieutenant unmasks
the murderer, the Abbotts meet a fascinating array of aristocrats and
scoundrels, including a police chief, drawn from life, who will become a
permanent member of the Abbott troupe—if Mrs. Crane's publishers and audience
have anything to say.
“The plot of The Indigo
Necklace is good, and the writing is considerably above the average.”—The Montreal Gazette
“One of the year’s best.”—The Boston
Included floor plans have been redrawn for improved legibility.
The Man in Gray was published in the United
Kingdom as The Gray Stranger
“ ‘Now, what’s an enologist?’ I asked the
dog. In reply he began to bark furiously and rushed at the front door. He
yowled as if in panic.”
An enologist is one who studies wine.
Daniel Vincent Willoz was one who studied wine until someone put a murderous
end to his enological practices. As is often the case, Willoz spent too much
time on enology and too little on toxicology. The good news is that Jean and
Pat Abbott are present to solve this fiendishly complex murder puzzle set in