With an introduction from Otto Penzler
Someone’s trying to kill the head of the Fairbanks estate, and only her nurse can protect her…
The arsenic in her sugar bowl was wealthy widow Eliza Fairbanks’ first clue
that somebody wanted her dead. The nightly plagues of bats, birds, and rats
unleashed in her bedroom were the second indication, an obvious attempt to
scare the life out of the delicate dowager. So instead of calling the exterminator,
Eliza calls the cops, who send Hilda Adams—“Miss Pinkerton” to the folks at
the bureau—to go undercover and investigate.
Hilda Adams is a nurse, not a detective—at least, not technically speaking. But
then, nurses do have the opportunity to see things that the police can’t, and to
witness the inner workings of a household when the authorities aren’t around.
From the moment Adams arrives at the Fairbanks mansion, confronted by a
swarm of shady and oddball relatives, many of whom seem desperate for their
inheritance, it’s clear that something unseemly is at work in the estate. But not
even she is prepared for the web of intrigue that awaits her therein.
Reissued for the first time in over twenty years, and featuring one of Mary
Roberts Rinehart’s only series characters, The Haunted Lady is the thrilling follow-up to Miss Pinkerton, also available from American Mystery Classics. The
books can be read in any order.