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Maggie Elliott, a San Francisco private detective, arrives at Vassar for her fifteenth reunion only to find her alma mater up in arms over the murder of the elderly -- and extremely wealthy -- Chloe Warren. Chloe's niece Pudgie, heir to $50 million, has been accused of the murder. Her family hires Maggie to find the real culprit. But then Deborah Marten, a would-be dancer from Minnesota, is found strangled just a few days after Chloe's death. And suddenly Maggie finds herself in a race against time and a murderer -- a race it will mean her own death to lose!
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Critics praised Taylor's debut, wherein the admirable private detective, San Francisco's Maggie Elliott, solved The Cable Car Murders. Now she's at her alma mater for a class reunion, interrupted by a challenging assignment. Two women have been killed: wealthy, elderly Vassar alumna Chloe Warren and scholarship student Deborah Marten. Elliott believes the crimes are connected and agrees to investigate on behalf of Pudgie Brown, Chloe's principal heir, whom the police have arrested. There are many relatives, the sleuth learns, who would benefit from the old woman's death. One is magnetic Peter Warren; although he is a suspectand worse, in her liberal view, a RepublicanElliott becomes his lover. There is terrific excitement in the tense tale that ends with a double disclosure in incidents that seem to spell the detective's doom. Lines from an earlier Vassar graduate, Edna St. Vincent Millay, add luster here. These contrast noticeably with various grammatical errors by the narrator (and her creator).
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