The only good secretary High Dudgeon ever had was ambitious Fern Villard. In life, she had made the staff of High's magazine look uneasily at their job security or at their men. Her murder wedged the loosely knit group apart -- talking across new distances, often at cross purposes, as they mulled over what the police might turn up. The terror that can invest the ordinary and the way people under stress can talk themselves into a corner are the author's special forte and have been since way shack when with Death of a Stray cat. et al.