A novel of murder and mystery, rather than a straight sleuthing job -- and good entertainment. Solveig returns to a small Minnesota home town, tarred with the brush of scandal, and encounters a growing storm of fresh gossip when she becomes involved with the man she loves, the woman he has married and luridly embellished past. Her best friend is killed, than the wife (her step sister) -- and the future locks black. A good untangling, and a story well told. Her last book, The Crying Sisters, got a good press in 1939; this measures up exceedingly well. Crime Club selection.