When Kitty Featherstone-Quinn tired of writing “At Kitty’s Advice to the Lovelorn” she took the money she had saved and bought a resort hotel in Gold Gulch, a “ghost” mining town. Her arrival in the Gulch precipitated an outlay of ghostly manifestations and bell ringing. Convinced that there was a plot to run her out of the neighborhood, she appealed to Rocky Allan, the local sheriff. Rocky visited Kitty’s El Dorado Inn in time to meet the strange group of bohemian characters there assembled and in time to witness a fire which left in its ashes only two sets of false teeth to account for the missing Quinn brothers. Rocky also discovered the evidence of the mysterious midnight shave, the “white stone,” the lost china brooch, and the mystery of the tolling bells. Finally, in exasperation, he turned a bell to his own advantage and with the aid of some pink and yellow embroidered roses solved a baffling murder.
This is the most ingenious of all Mrs. Rath’s stories, and it is peopled with thoroughly delightful and entertaining characters. The reader will not soon forget Mary Anne and her malapropisms, Dad Allan who put on his fancy boots to go gunning, Olivia James who had her face slapped, or the garrulous Kitty Featherstone-Quinn. This book is particularly recommended to the reader who likes his mystery story to possess some of the substantial qualities of a novel of character.
The Anger of the Bells was published in 1937.
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