"Before any of us slept that night we found him dead in the third room to the left of the passage."
The Meriwether boarding house, in the genteel coastal town of Satoria-by-the-Bay, Oregon, is a respectable establishment. So when one of the residents is murdered, it causes quite the sensation, not least among the other guests. One of these is Victoria Van Garter, whose uncle engages crime analyst Lynn MacDonald to investigate. But why is Victoria so reluctant to have the murder investigated? Why was Evadne Parnham's xylophone smashed? And what is the significance of the missing astrological chart?
Originally published in 1933, this is a vintage American murder mystery from the golden age of detection.