Martha Crayle trusted everyone, so when the frightened girl arrived at the National Guild for the Welfare of Unmarried Mothers on that drizzly, cold autumn afternoon, Martha gladly took her to the spacious Victorian house where in harder times she had taken in lodgers. But her one remaining boarder, grumpy Mr Syme, was sure the girl was lying. And the very next day, when Martha brought home a saucy girl with lilac lipstick, Mr Syme was positive she was lying too. Martha still wasn't convinced - until one of the unfortunate girls involved them all in a sinister murder.
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While working for an association for unmarried mothers, Martha Crayle comes across Amanda, who has a problem - everyone says her husband has been dead for three years, but Amanda insists he is alive. The author's other books include "Murder Among Friends" and "Foot in the Grave".About the Author:
One of the most distinguished crime writers of her generation, Elizabeth Ferrars (1907-1995) was born in Rangoon and came to Britain at the age of six. She was a pupil at Bedales school between 1918 and 1924, studied journalism at London University and published her first crime novel, Give a Corpse a Bad Name, in 1940, the year that she met her second husband, academic Robert Brown. Highly praised by critics, her brand of intelligent, gripping mysteries beloved by readers, she wrote over seventy novels and was also published (as E. X. Ferrars) in the States, where she was equally popular. Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine described her as as 'the writer who may be the closest of all to Christie in style, plotting and general milieu', and the Washington Post called her 'a consummate professional in clever plotting, characterization and atmosphere'. She was a founding member of the Crime Writers' Association, who, in the early 1980s, gave her a lifetime achievement award.
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Book Description HarperCollins Distribution Services, 1974. Book Condition: Fair. First Edition. N/A. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP76574989
Book Description HarperCollins Distribution Services. Hardcover. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Very Good copy, cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. Binding may have light creases. Lots of life left in these pages. Bookseller Inventory # 2700271362
Book Description HarperCollins Distribution Services, 1974. Book Condition: Good. Published by Collins/The Crime Club.Boards have little wear. Content clean and sharp. Small prev. owner's signature to blank page.DJ has tears/chips to edges and bit of toning. Bookseller Inventory # 9999-9993232456
Book Description Collins, London, 1974. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. First edition first printing of this stand alone thriller novel. Light edge wear to the dust jacket. Price clipped otherwise in very good / very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 20312
Book Description Collins Crime Club, London 1974. Hard Cover. First Edition. Book Condition: Good. Ex Library with slight slant. Reasonably clean interior. Dust Jacket: Good Minus. Moderate edge wear. In protective cover. Not Clipped. Bookseller Inventory # 002583