Pat and Jean Abbott, visiting relatives in a rich oil town, are called on to clear a pretty air-line hostess, Sally Carroll, who is suspected of having murdered her old beau. By the time the Abbotts arrive on the scene, there has been a curious change of policy: nobody wants them on the case, not the cousin and heir of the dead man, not his widow, and especially not the sheriff. Perversely, they decide to stay.
Pat is shot at by a man who is supposed to be helping them, and Jean is buried in an abandoned well by a woman who claims to be on their side. Then a car they think is a friend's crashes them into a ditch. Nevertheless they stick with the job until they come up with a solution that is both surprising and satisfying--but they cannot prevent the killer from claiming a second victim.
"Pro Handling"--The Saturday Review
"Congenial and confiding."--Kirkus