THREE CRIES OF TERROR by Ann Ashton

THREE CRIES OF TERROR

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Claptrap suspense in a rundown New Jersey mansion, featuring nurse-heroine Patti Oliver (""The austere uniform could not detract from her extraordinary beauty"") and three pulchritudinous males: Dr. Philip Anthony, whose ""white coat seemed to accentuate his handsome appearance""; ""tall, handsome"" Maynard Thomson, with whom Patti is falling in love; and Jack Lansing of ""strangely handsome features."" Jack is houseman for the three elderly, wealthy Grundy sisters--one of whom is Patti's patient, and each of whom long ago gave birth to a baby which was whisked off to adoption at birth. Where are these children now? Which will inherit the Grundy fortune? The interested parties include Maggie, ex-wife of the Grundy sisters' deceased brother; her daughter Angela, who's having affairs with two of the Handsomes; a shady sort named Gay (and he is) Parsons, who long ago sprung Jack from an orphanage; and assorted suspects who mill around the mansion, where Martha ""accidentally"" falls downstairs while another sister and the housekeeper are given fatal overdoses. Patti will dodge rocks, vases, and light bulbs, will have her car tampered with, will be scared witless by an apparition at the window--and phone wires will be cut. A detective named Gregory Floom detects a bit, but it's Patti who unravels all the tatty doings. Another harmless dud from the author of The Haunted Portrait and The Phantom Reflection.

Pub Date: March 7th, 1980
Publisher: Doubleday