Omit Flowers (Stuart Palmer)

By Stuart Palmer First published: US, Doubleday, 1937.  UK, Collins, 1937, as No Flowers by Request. Kudos to Palmer for trying something new, even if it doesn't quite work. No Hildegarde Withers here;  it's one of those atmospheric jobs seen from the suspects' perspective. Grasping relatives descend on elderly eccentric Uncle Joel; he (apparently?) goes up … Continue reading Omit Flowers (Stuart Palmer)

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The Puzzle of the Pepper Tree (Stuart Palmer)

First published: Doubleday, USA, 1933 A passenger dies on a short hop flight to Santa Catalina, a resort island off the Californian coast. Schoolteacher sleuth Hildegarde Withers suspects foul play.  Her suspicions are confirmed when the body goes missing before an autopsy can be conducted.  Not before the dead man is identified as a star … Continue reading The Puzzle of the Pepper Tree (Stuart Palmer)