Sapphira Barlow started life as one of Madame Sophie’s girls, but at seventy, after many vicissitudes, she was a revivalist of shadowy reputation. At her Coon Hollow camp in the California mountains she had gathered her Satellites about her to await the end of the world, at 3:45 a.m., Pacific Standard Time, August 26. Into this weird and fanatical group comes Rocky Allan with that engaging redhead, Eleanor, his wife. They have been summoned to the camp by their lean, saturnine friend, Theophilus Pope, who rightly suspects that murder, and not the Judgment Day, is the menace threatening the camp.
The first to meet death is the potbellied and dour Rev. Saul Cheney, former side-show barker. Then, on the morning of August 26, Sapphira is found strangled, with a card reading “The Day of Judgment has come” in her lap. And Rocky, in the remote fastness of the California mountains, with no criminological accessories at hand, is confronted with one of the most baffling crimes human ingenuity could evolve.
Murder on the Day of Judgment was published in 1936.
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