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The Girl at Central

Geraldine Bonner

Book Overview: 

Molly Morganthau, day operator in the telephone exchange, helps to solve a murder.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .gs of water as if they'd been covered with a shiny gray veil that was suddenly pulled off and had caught in the stubble and been torn to rags. Saturday morning the weather broke. But the sky was still overcast and the air had that sort of warm, muggy breathlessness that comes after rain. That was November the twentieth.

It was eleven o'clock and I was sitting at the switchboard looking out at the streets, all puddles and ruts, when I got a call from the Dalzells'—a place near the Junction—for Mapleshade.

Now you needn't get preachy and tell me it's against the rules to listen—suspension and maybe discharge. I know that better than most. Didn't the roof over my head and the food in my mouth depend on me doing my work according to orders? But the fact is that at this time I was keyed up so high I'd got past being cautious. When a call came for Mapleshade I listened, listened hard, with all my ears. What did I expect t. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is the second novel of Geraldine Bonner we have listened to in audio. We initially listened to the sequel of this book. Bonner seems to be the master of the surprise ending that is completely unexpected, yet believable.

Molly works as a telephone operator and has the habit of eavesdropping on phone calls. The book is written in a conversational tone and the mystery is interesting.

Unfortunately, it suffers from the racial disparagement of the times. And it really didn't need to be that way to get the story going, wh

Molly is the local switchboard girl, and has a bad habit of listening in to people's phonecalls -- especially those involving Jack Reddy, upon whom Molly has a distinct crush. But Jack has eyes only for the flighty, flirtatious heiress Sylvia Hesketh. Finally Sylvia decides to elope with him, but be