Jack Ivers, an urban sophisticate with a particular fondness for wealthy women, lies peacefully in his bed, dead. This scenario is greatly convenient for the woman who finds him, as she was on the scene to kill him herself. More curious, the thirteen red tulips she noticed entering Ivers’ home had been replaced by thirteen white tulips before she made her exit.
A number of people had good reason to want Jack Ivers dead, and naturally it falls to Jean and Pat Abbott to solve the confounding case.
“Amusing and sophisticated.”—The [London] Star
“Fashion hints all over place. Smooth.”—The Saturday Review
“…has an authentic-seeming San Francisco background for the activities of its two happily married young sleuths and their dachshund, and is strong on personal relations, colour, dress and dialogue, and very nearly as strong on clues.”—The Sphere
“Brightly-told excitement, with good dressing and good food as you go along.”—Lady
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
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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