Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Murder on Wheels” as Want to Read:
Murder on Wheels
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Murder on Wheels

(Hildegarde Withers #2)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  248 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Miss Withers investigates a man who appears to have hanged himself while driving

As snow falls on the steps of the New York Public Library; a line of cars moves sluggishly down Fifth Avenue. Oblivious to the traffic, a blue Chrysler roadster tears down the street, hops the curb, and slams to a halt. The car is empty, its driver thrown half a block back. He is stone dead, hi
ebook, 307 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by Road (first published 1932)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Murder on Wheels, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Murder on Wheels

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.77  · 
Rating details
 ·  248 ratings  ·  37 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Murder on Wheels
Jan C
Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, mystery
Second in the Miss Withers series. Enjoyable read. Not real sure how this murder is feasible though. Victim is in a roadsters and goes past an open bus. A noose catches the victim and he's pulled out of his car. He's identified almost immediately by someone who then disappears.

It turns out there is a twin brother, a cousin who lives with the family, a more distant cousin who doesn't live with the family but has a sister who is engaged to one of the twins and in love with the other twin. A movie
Ivonne Rovira
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of Nick and Nora Charles
Murder on Wheels, Stuart Palmer’s second novel in the Hildegarde Withers series, doesn’t rank as highly as the first, The Penguin Pool Murder, but it’s still plenty good. Don’t be fooled by the red herring in Chapters 3 and 4; it will take the savvy Miss Withers to deduce the murderer in Murder on Wheels.

Published in 1932, Palmer’s novel still reads as fresh in the Great Recession as in the Great Depression. Astute detective work combines with witty dialogue and great scenes from a gentler New Y
Gary Sundell
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining entry in the Miss Withers series.
Les Wilson
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent Hildegarde Withers mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed this series.
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, this book contained a lot of elements I've criticized a lot of other books for. Mainly, things like, and overly complicated manner of murder, an overly complex plot, with few too many twists and turns. So, why did I give it four stars as in I really liked it?

Because with a Stuart Palmer book you know when you start what kind of ride you are in for, so suspend your sense of disbelief, relax and enjoy a roller coaster ride beside the ever prickly and unrepentant Miss Hildegarde Withers and he
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is the type of book that is perfect for an evening's entertainment after a long work day. Nothing too taxing albeit a little far-fetched. ...more
Jun 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, mysteries
Maybe only 2.5* as I found one aspect quite obvious, though I didn't guess who the killer was. ...more
Jack Keely
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How could I resist a mystery where one of the suspects shares my surname (albeit with a different spelling), and includes the sentence, "But go on, why should I remember the name Jack Keeley or whatever it was?"
This 1932 whodunit features the spinster schoolteacher, Hildegarde Withers. A wealthy Manhattan playboy is murdered in a bizarre fashion, and clues point to an odd selection of suspects. Pugnacious Inspector Oscar Piper tells Hildegarde that as a professional homicide detective, he is obv
Dec 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vintage-cozy
The story opens with a traffic accident, but there isn't anyone driving the car. A witness says that the driver jumped backwards out of the car, and is laying in the street a block or two away. He is found with a rope around his neck, and died because of a broken neck.

Inspector Oscar Piper is called to the scene, and his friend, Hildegarde Withers, soon appears. They had been involved previously in an investigation, and this time Withers and Piper become involved in a competition to see who can
MaryJo Dawson
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was bargain priced for a time on kindle, and I chose it for a light whodunit read when needed. It fit the bill just fine. Miss Withers, considered a spinster at 38 in the New York of decades past, is a clever lady indeed, and her friend on the police department, as the man with the procedural mind and manor, is a good sidekick. There is nothing original in the that setup, nor the stuffy old house with the eccentric old grandmother and various other odd family figures.
But working out wh
Whistlers Mom
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Evil twins, rodeos, and murder.

I always thought the "evil twin" thing was invented by a soap opera writer hoping for a pat on the head from the producers for writing two roles that only required paying one actor. According to this book, the notion that twins have only enough goodness for one person was widely accepted at one time. The Stait twins are handsome, athletic young men and no one can tell them apart, but their autocratic grandmother is convinced that Lew is the "good twin" and Laurie i
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a 1930s book written by Stuart Palmer. It is the second book in the Hildegarde Withers series. Hildegarde was helping her boyfriend Inspector Oscar Piper of the New York Police Department in trying to solve a case involving one of two identical twins being strangled by a cowboy lariat when he was driving in an open roadstar car on Fifth Avenue in New York during rush hour. Subsequently there was another strangling involving a man sitting in a chair in a locked room.

The story has a lot of
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, mystery
Early Bird Book Deal | Not enjoying this series | I own one other book in this series, and I'll probably read it eventually, but otherwise I'm giving up on the author. I don't like Withers, I really don't like Piper, the murders are, so far, beyond obvious such that it's boring to have to spend 95% of the book waiting for the characters to catch up, and reading the police break every law they come across with no need and for no reason, in order to get no further in solving obvious murders, is no ...more
Erik Tolvstad
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this book! Hildegarde Withers and Inspector make a perfect pair of fictional detectives. They bicker like an old married couple, while still genuinely respecting each other's ideas, as in your spouse telling you that your a numbskull, while picking a piece of lint off your shoulder.... The dialog is first-rate, in that the zingers and other commentary have a purpose in advancing the storyline and enlightening us about the characters. The mystery itself is well done and I was guessing whodun ...more
Linda Dotson
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have enjoyed these mysteries more than anyother

What a series! What fun. I feel like Hildegarde Withers and Inspector Piper are old friends to me now. The writing is that good! I enjoyed every moment of this book. Unlike some reviews that insisted the murderer was obvious - I hung on every word to find out the ultimate conclusion. Great, great fun.
Joan - xstitchfan
A wacky mystery set in the 1930’s with a set of identical twins, a noose, a traveling rodeo, and a murder on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Will Detective Piper solve this one or will his friend teacher Hildegarde Withers have to come to his assistance once again? This is a light mystery to read for pure fun.
Mar 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published in 1932, Murder on Wheels is the second novel to feature amateur sleuth Hildegard Withers. This one involves an identical twin hanged while driving a car, and the mystery is clever (if somewhat easy to figure out in places). I didn’t find it quite as amusing as The Penguin Pool Murder, but it was still a fun mystery from that era. Recommended.
Thomas E Baldovin
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mystery for the fun it

This is a mystery written in 1932. It has much of the feel of a 30s -40s comic mystery movie like the Thin Man series. The who-dunnit aspect is a bit disappointing but the book is worth reading for the interaction of the sleuth, Hildegarde, and the inspector. The book series need not be read in order.
Jenn Estepp
Definitely one of the more outlandish methods of murder I've come across lately. I mean, it's no murder by carrot, but still. Alas, I did manage to figure out a few things, so points off for that. But I continue to really like Miss Withers and her detective. I'm sad they never made it to City Hall. ...more
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again Miss Hildegarde Withers, the schoolteacher-detective, matches her wits against an unknown X, armed only with the precious gift of common sense and a cotton umbrella. One youth is dead, and his twin brother moves under a cloud. This is a fast past quick read mystery!
Jan 03, 2022 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Predictable but still a good read.

I could tell who the killer was and a few other plot points by the middle of the book, but it was interesting getting to the end. Not a great story, but still entertaining...I guess.
Denise Kearney
I Book-$1.99- Early Bird Books. 31/2stars well written plots and fun characters
Christina Cueto
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Umer Abbas
my first Palmer certain leaps in logic deduced from available evidence and impractical and hard to follow murder methods but overall not a bad read but not great.
Virginia Adi
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rather silly.
Jack Heath
Synopsis: Miss Withers investigates an accident in which a driver on Fifth Avenue in New York is found with a noose tied around his neck!
karen wendt
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, but not my favorite of all time.
Karen S. Davis
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took a little bit to get into this story but keep reading because it’s really challenging to figure out who the culprit really is. Good book. Some of the language is a little challenging also.
Linda Watson
Oct 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How Do You Get Hung While Driving Car?

In the style of Agatha Christie, Palmer,'s Holds tarde solves a complex murder of a man strangled on a busy street while driving his car
Moderately amusing but dated. NYC in the « dames » era.. hoopla via dpl
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Unexpected Night (Henry Gamadge, #1)
  • Miss Pinkerton
  • Color Me Murder (Pen & Ink Mysteries, #1)
  • Evidence of Things Seen (Henry Gamadge, #6)
  • The Stately Home Murder (Inspector Sloan, #3)
  • The Religious Body (Inspector Sloan #1)
  • Murder Comes First (Mr. and Mrs. North, #15)
  • Three at Wolfe's Door (Nero Wolfe, #33)
  • Wilful Behaviour (Commissario Brunetti, #11)
  • A Clubbable Woman (Dalziel & Pascoe, #1)
  • Queens of the Conquest (England’s Medieval Queens #1)
  • Henrietta Who? (Inspector Sloan #2)
  • The Haunted Lady (Hilda Adams 4)
  • Fallen World: A Collection of Dystopian & Post-Apocalyptic Novels
  • Dinosaur Lake
  • Piercing Through the Silence
  • Ashes of the Fall (The Remnants Trilogy #1)
  • Murder Houses of South London
See similar books…
See top shelves…
Stuart Palmer (1905–1968) was an American author of mysteries. Born in Baraboo, Wisconsin, Palmer worked a number of odd jobs—including apple picking, journalism, and copywriting—before publishing his first novel, the crime drama Ace of Jades, in 1931. It was with his second novel, however, that he established his writing career: The Penguin Pool Murder introduced Hildegarde Withers, a schoolmarm ...more

Other books in the series

Hildegarde Withers (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • The Penguin Pool Murder (Hildegarde Withers #1)
  • Murder on the Blackboard (Hildegarde Withers #3)
  • The Puzzle of the Pepper Tree (Hildegarde Withers #4)
  • The Puzzle of the Silver Persian (The Hildegarde Withers Mysteries, #5)
  • The Puzzle of the Red Stallion (Hildegarde Withers #6)
  • The Puzzle of the Blue Banderilla (Hildegarde Withers #7)
  • The Puzzle of the Happy Hooligan (Hildegarde Withers #8)
  • Miss Withers Regrets (Hildegarde Withers #9)
  • Four Lost Ladies (Hildegarde Withers #10)
  • The Green Ace (Hildegarde Withers #11)

Related Articles

Thirty-four years after the publication of her dystopian classic, The Handmaid's Tale, Atwood returns to continue the story of Offred. We talked...
371 likes · 58 comments