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Miss Maitland Private Secretary

Geraldine Bonner

Book Overview: 

Semi-retired sleuth Molly Morgenthau Babbitts goes undercover as a governess to investigate a robbery at the aristocratic Janney mansion on Long Island. Before Molly can crack the case, a more shocking crime is perpetrated and more mysteries develop, presenting a baffling jumble of clues for Molly to unravel. At the center of the intrigue is Esther Maitland, the family's competent but mysterious private secretary. What is she hiding? Is she really as trustworthy as the family believes she is?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .rm, and bent to the moss at her feet:

"Oh, wait a minute—How exciting! I've found something."

She raised herself, illumined by the radiance, a small object that showed a golden glint in her hand. Then her voice came deprecating, disappointed:

"Oh, what a fraud! I thought it was a ring."

On her palm lay what looked like a heavy enameled ring. Ferguson took it up; it was of paper, a cigar band embossed in red and gold.

"Umph," he said, dropping it back, "I don't wonder you were fooled."

"It was right there on the moss shining in the moonlight. I thought I'd found something wonderful." She touched it with a careful finger. "It's new and perfectly dry. It's only been here since the storm."

"Some man taking a short cut through the woods. Better not tell Mrs. Janney, she doesn't like trespassers."

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