THE GOLDEN BAUBLE by Genevieve Slear


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Smarmy Laurel Matthews is moved by sheer altruism; she wants to get her paraplegic half-brother out of the public hospital and thus aid the taxpayers. So she goes West to see if she has any claim on her wicked old millionaire uncle, Franck Rimney, who lives with his retinue in isolated splendor at Rim-rock, a haunted mansion on a crag near Denver. In no time at all, Laurel has had her hair styled (one of the bigger events in the book), has moved into Rim-rock, and is being courted by three young men, each duller than the last. One of them helps her sue her uncle to enforce an auditing of the trust which turns out to lie waiting for her. Uncle has a stroke as a result, and someone has hidden his medicine (in Laurel's dresser). At stake is the supposedly played-out Golden Bauble mine. Being a conservationist and uninterested in worldly things, Laurel could not care less about the mine, and numerous attempts upon her life fail to awaken her to the obvious fact that others do. Fortunately, the villain is correctly described as ""a bungler""; he actually gets stuck in a hole, like Winnie the Pooh, and is hauled off to the clink. There may be gold in them that hills, but this author has not struck it--to be read only by those under fourteen, preferably with cocoa and grahams.

Pub Date: Dec. 2nd, 1977
Publisher: Doubleday