Even by Mary Roberts Rinehart's standards, Eberhart's 59th is a woeful waste of trees. Lacy's fiancÃ‰ Richard is secretly married to Rose, whose ex-husband Carlos is Lacy's stepmother's brother. His half-brother Raf loves Jessica (his wife) and Jessica (his dog, who's more interesting, and has more lines). Anyway, Rose is poisoned, Lacy's dead dad's chum ""Buddha"" tut-tuts, while Lacy's fiancÃ‰ is conveniently unavailable for questioning (on a top-secret government mission, maybe). Meanwhile, Lacy's lawyer boss Hiram is kissing her on the doorstep, the park bench, and (oh, my) the lips, plus almost getting himself run over; and Lacy is kissing him back and is herself the victim of a mugging (oh, dear). Furthermore: Carlos and cronies (revealed later on) are smuggling emeralds out of Logono, South America, while his wife Yolanda is buying fancy shoes a size too small. And: the cops waft in and out and ultimately don't make an arrest, though Logono's emeralds are safe, all the relatives are friends again, and Lacy has a new fiancÃ‰. Mid-book, Eberhart sums up her plot: ""There was not much to gell, but what there was obviously was too much.