This is the first book by Rinehart. Although the narrator was a feisty woman, she could not compensate for a confusing and complicated storyline. There were so many minor characters with similar names that I didn't know who was whom or vice verse. I have read later books by Rinehart, so I know she is an excellent writer of mysteries. This is not the best book to read if you want to be introduced to one of the early American women mystery writers.