The Philadelphia Murder Story

I actually was familiar with Leslie Ford, at least the name, before ever reading this book. She’s one of the overlooked female authors that mystery writer Diane Killian features on her fabulous website. I recently added some of her titles to my Bookmooch wishlist, including The Philadelphia Murder Story. Then my mother found this ancient copy at the library and recommended it to me as well, so of course it came to the top of the stack.

This was a quick read, only a few hours, but was highly entertaining. It is also an example of how first person writing should be done–we glimpse some of the heroine’s thoughts without being subjected to monalogues, and every “I” could become a “she” without greatly affecting the flow.

Myron Kane, famed writer, is doing a profile for the Saturday Evening Post on esteemed Philadelphia citizen Judge Whitney and uses Grace Latham as an witness. When he begins to make trouble and stir up an unpleasant past the Judge’s sister Abigail Whitney calls Grace up from Washington to help control the situation. It turns out that someone has another way of stopping Myron, however, when he is found dead in the lobby of the Post building.

Grace is almost more of an observer than an investigator, interacting with the family members while her detective friend Colonel Primrose works with the local police. The secondary characters are all wonderful as well–family mysteries will never get old for me, as there are  always a myriad of secrets to be unlocked.

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