Murder At the New York World's Fair

Murder At the New York World's Fair

by Phoebe Atwood Taylor

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"Previews of next year's Big Show [are] interesting but [the] criminal goings-on and detecting border on fantastic. Verdict: Extravaganza"—Saturday Review of Literature

Poor Daisy Tower, all she wanted was to find a respite from Egleston, her nephew, and Elfrida, his "statuesque" wife. Their misery-making has finally convinced Daisy that "slipping away in the laundry truck to catch the Boston train" is a reasonable idea. The train in question happens to be "The Golden Dart," owned by the famed art collector Conrad Cassell. Daisy discovers the train is rich with deluxe amenities, such as a private office containing its very own dead body.

Daisy isn't looking for a starring role in a screwball comedy of a mystery, yet here she is, seeking the murderer of the aforementioned amenity amid the bustle of the World's Fair's festivities.

From the jacket:

"The Lord only knows how many love stories and success stories and mystery stories are going to be inspired by the 1939 World's Fair in New York—but one thing is certain: Miss Freeman Dana has gotten the jump on the field! Her story is a good one, too! She has woven an ingenious murder mystery amid the masses of the most publicized exhibition in the history of the world.

The Fair itself opens in May, 1939. But six months sooner than that, Miss Dana offers you the first murder story told within the shadow of its spectacular trylon."

You've missed the Fair, I'm sorry to tell you, but you can still read the novel. As a bonus, if you manage to live another 4927 years till A.D. 6939, you can witness the opening of the 1938 time capsule, in which the text of this book is stored. You can feel awfully smug while you watch, too, since you'll likely be the only one left who remembers whodunit. The capsule is buried at (jot this down) 40°44'34"N, 73°50'43"W. Good luck and enjoy the story!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014868297
Publisher: St. Swithin Press
Publication date: 08/12/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 328,152
File size: 733 KB

About the Author

Phoebe Atwood Taylor published over 30 mystery novels featuring either Asey Mayo (the Codfish Sherlock) or Leonidas Witherall (nicknamed "Bill Shakespeare" due to a more-than-passing resemblance to the Bard). Taylor lived almost her entire life in Massachusetts, giving her a familiarity with local geography and culture that is reflected in her always-charming mysteries.

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Murder at the New York World's Fair 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
bookwoman247 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Daisy Tower, widow of a former governor, becomes bored by the stifling atmosphere of her nephew's home, where she has been recuperating from a broken hip, she decides to run away.She ends up on a millionaire's private train, in a compartment with four other random people, headed for the New York World's Fair.When a murder occurs on the train, Daisy and her companions must find the murderer, while avoiding capture as suspects, as they mix with the fair throngs and search for clues.This was a farcical, fun, quick read which was written specifically for the 1939 New York World's Fair. I wouldn't say it was brilliant, but I did enjoy it quite a bit.