Gorgeous...yeah! Even if she was a convicted murderess at nineteen. Farrell gave us the infamous Baby Jane. Now he introduces the notorious wunderkind Mrs. Camille Bliss, a devilish innocent?...an innocent devil? Associate Professor of Sociology Carter E. Everett is slow to find out. His original objective was to conduct a psycho/sociological study of twenty shady ladies but he never gets past Camille. She has such an interesting past. Seems she ""matured premature"" (before eleven) but by her hometown standards that wasn't so startling. As her mother Mrs. Hoestedder reasons: ""she was a late baby. I was gettin' on to twenty when she came along."" And the homefolks miss her, she was ""a quieting influence... At least when their men was missin' they (the wives) had a pretty fair notion of where to look for 'em."" Our Carter dismisses these notions as ""folk humor,"" tales almost as preposterous as the ones Camille confides in him and she talks a ""Q"" streak when not entertaining him with ditties on her banjo...numbers like ""The Brief Announcement Blues"" or Flipsville Motel."" Her life story is something else and leads up to two of the most hilarious murder mishaps to prance onto the printed page. At the end Carter is in jail and Camille ""Kitty"" Bliss is the Darling of the nation. A funny, funny book.