First U.S. edition. Published in the U.K. as MISS MILVERTON. Fine, bright, tight copy in dust jacket with light professional restoration to bottom edge of front panel. There is a restrictive legacy attached to the Milverton estate and Augusta Milverton is forced to deal with its women-hating instructions from her long dead father. The Milverton money can only be passed down through the male lineage as outlined in her father's will and Augusta is not happy with the group of nephews who are her immediate relatives, nor is she happy about how they line up in their chronology. Charles Temple, the youngest and least responsible is her favorite. She would like him to be the primary legatee but cannot change her will thanks to the legal entanglements created by her father. Instead she is forced to accept the philandering George Hayle, the oldest and first in line to her fortune followed by the aloof Osbert Garstin. When the nephews start dying from mysterious causes the immediate suspect is Charles Temple. Augusta refuses to believe her favorite nephew would harm anyone. Chief Inspector William Austen investigates. Beautiful copy and a Crime Club title.
Inventory Number: 39522