MURDER AT VASSAR by Elizabeth Atwood Taylor


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A 15-year reunion brings widowed detective Maggie Elliott from California (The Cable Car Murder) to Vassar, just in time to accept the job of trying to find the murderer of old, very rich Chloe Warren, shot to death by a masked man as she walked on campus with niece Pudgie. Poughkeepsie's Police Lieutenant Bradley doesn't believe Pudgie's story, in the light of some damning evidence, and she's arrested for the murder--while Maggie scurries about investigating other possibilities: Pudgie's ex-husband Ed Corliss; California surgeon Franklin Steele, next to inherit if Pudgie's convicted; his high-living son Carter, at Princeton; biologist Paul Lombardi, in line for a ten-million-dollar bequest; Dr. James Horton, head of a private hospital near the college and one whom Chloe suspected of some wrongdoing. Matters grow more complex when student Deborah Marten is found murdered, and an autopsy reveals a recent abortion. Maggie takes it all in vigorous stride, survives a couple of hair-raising attacks, takes a lover, and solves the case, scarcely missing a beat. Superwoman has her philosophical side, which makes the going a tad long-winded now and then, but, still, this is a solidly crafted story, consistently entertaining.

Pub Date: Feb. 17th, 1987
Publisher: St. Martin's