Johnny Simms, a young biology student from Columbia University, has just arrived in San Francisco for a wedding. The lucky bride-to-be is a childhood friend: twenty-year-old Nan Padgett. But the shy, unsure girl he used to know has suddenly blossomed into a radiant, confident, and ecstatically happy young woman. And why wouldn't she? Richardson Bartee, a handsome vintner from Southern California, swept her off her feet during a whirlwind courtship. Then comes the call from Nan's aunt Emily, her beloved childhood guardian, with a stinging warning: "You must not marry this man." Johnny fears that Emily is not just being overprotective. And when Aunt Emily suddenly dies under mysterious circumstances, Johnny begins an investigation into the past that draws him into the nightmare of the Padgett family tree – one so tangled with murder, lies, greed, and deception, it has kept Nan in the dark for twenty years, and so dangerous, it has yet to claim its last victim. Filled with twists, Something Blue is a riveting tale from the Edgar Award–winning author who has been called "the American queen of suspense novelists" (New York Telegraph).
Edgar Award–winning Charlotte Armstrong (1905–1969) was one of the finest American authors of classic mystery and suspense. The daughter of an inventor, Armstrong was born in Vulcan, Michigan, and attended Barnard College, in New York City. After college she worked at the New York Times and the magazine Breath of the Avenue, before marrying and turning to literature in 1928. For a decade she wrote plays and poetry, with work produced on Broadway and published in the New Yorker. In the early 1940s, she began writing suspense. Success came quickly. Her first novel, Lay On, MacDuff! (1942) was well received, spawning a three-book series. Over the next two decades, she wrote more than two dozen novels, winning critical acclaim and a dedicated fan base. The Unsuspected (1945) and Mischief (1950) were both made into films, and A Dram of Poison (1956) won the Edgar Award for best novel. She died in California in 1969.
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