Another old mystery! Speak No Evil by Mignon G. Eberhart was originally published the year I was born, 1940. And the copyright was renewed in 1968. The price is right on the cover – 75 cents.
I remember loving Mignon Eberhart’s books back in the day, though I don’t think I ever read this one before. The world may have turned a bit too far, though. The heroine – the wife of the murdered man – is very dependent, and doesn’t say anything very clearly and directly, with the result that she is looking at the dire possibility of being arrested for that murder.
Still she vacillates between two guys over and over. The other women in the book are much more interesting, but since they are not as beautiful, they are not front and center. They are also not very nice -but they definitely have actual opinions, which Elizabeth does not, until nearly the end of the book – by which time her vacillation has several times put her in danger of being murdered herself.
She is not a self-directed person. Of course, she had not been raised to be, and there was nothing in her culture to point her that way. Still – it’s hard to believe she was so credulous and such a believer in being rescued.
Let’s all be glad that times have changed. And though I like most of Eberhart’s writing, I am glad the glue has given up on this book, and it is falling apart. So I can easily put it into the recycling.