|Title:||Prillilgirl (Fleming Stone #17)|
|Publisher:||A. L. Burt Company|
From that famous foundry of fiction, fact and frivolity, author Carolyn Wells, comes another Fleming Stone detective story. And a nifty yarn it is, too, resplendent in a coat of many-colored romance and wearing the up-to-the-very-minute bell-bottomed pants of mystery. A popular playwright is found stabbed with his own pen, made from a medieval dagger. Unconscious on the floor of a telephone booth lies Mrs. Guy Thorndike, wife of a prominent actor. On the handle of the weapon, the door of the booth, and the cover of the telephone book, are prints of small bloody fingers which experts identify as hers. Why should Prilligirl kill Mallory Vane when he had just completed the play which is to crown her husband’s triumphs? And why does Thorndike confess to the murder? In the room, unheeded by police and sleuths, is a clue upon which Fleming Stone constructs a daring solution. The yarn is skillfully woven and splendidly told.
—Oakland Tribune, Oct. 19, 1924. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Wells, Carolyn
Carolyn Wells (June 18, 1862 – March 26, 1942) was an American author and poet.
Her first book, At the Sign of the Sphinx (1896), was a collection of charades. Her next publications were The Jingle Book and The Story of Betty (1899), followed by a book of verse entitled Idle Idyls (1900). After 1900, Wells wrote numerous novels and collections of poetry.
Carolyn Wells wrote a total of more than 170 books. During the first ten years of her career, she concentrated on poetry, humor and children's books. According to her autobiography, The Rest of My Life (1937), it was around 1910 that she heard one of Anna Katherine Green's mystery novels being read aloud and was immediately captivated by the unravelling of the puzzle. From that point onward she devoted herself to the mystery genre. Among the most famous of her mystery novels were the Fleming Stone Detective Stories which—according to Allen J. Hubin's Crime Fiction IV: A Comprehensive Bibliography, 1749–2000 (2003)—number 61 titles.--Wikipedia.
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