The Black Iris
Miss Ivy and Miss Violet were elderly, liked sherry, cookies--and playing Russian roulette. The game really upset their nephew Richard who managed to substitute blanks for live cartridges. The aunts were also quite wealthy and when they disappeared, it looked very much as if someone was after their money.
Paperback, 158 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Rue Morgue Press
(first published 1953)
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The Little sisters produce another of their screwball thrillers, when Richard--in order to assuage his two eccentric aunts--proposes to actress Ada. One of his aunts wants to leave their money to Richard, the other to Ada, and the couple hope that a temporary "engagement" will calm the women down. But then a fit of temper leads Richard to insist on an immediate wedding. Following the hasty marriage, one of the aunts is found murdered and the other is missing. Richard's madcap mother (the aunts n...more
I love the "black" books by the Little sisters. This one lives up to the formula, the killer is found, the girl gets the boy, and they live happily ever after. Definitely is a cozy, but I didn't figure out the murder until it was explained at the end. Of course, I never try to solve the murder beforehand (I want the author to do the work for me!)