aka ho Killed the Golden Goose?
Old Slater O'Shea, the golden goose, was ruler of a peculiar roost. A gaggle of free-loading O'Sheas were lazing around the mansion, letting Slater foot the bills, while they waited for him to die and leave them his money. But someone got tired of waiting, and when Slater went upstairs for a little nip before his nap, his bottle of bourbon was labeled Rest in Peace! It was up to Cibola City's finest to find out who'd cooked Uncle Slater's goose, before the charming O'Sheas could play any more gruesome games in their battle for the goose's gold.
Goosey, goosey, gander, whither...
Uncle Slater O'Shea was
Which of them had killed the golden goose?
|List of characters included. Written
by Fletcher Flora, an
average hardboiled writer who in his first ghosted Queen The Golden
Goose tried his hand at another type of mystery without much success.
The title refers to rascally boozer Slater O’Shea, whose bourbon someone
spiked with a lethal dose of insulin substitute despite the fact that the
sly old man’s will terminates his freeloading relatives’ mooching privileges
on his death. All the relatives are fugitives from the nut factory except
for lovely Princess O’Shea, who tries to solve the mystery—an enterprise in
which she manages to stay a hundred pages behind the dimmest-witted reader.
Except for a few moments that vaguely evoke the wacky-murder farces of
Forties writers like Richard Shattuck, this book is, if I may borrow one of
its own lines, a cold potato sandwich. (Nevins).
Boucher (May 17, 1964) simultaneously reviewed this book and The Four Johns: although “still a few notches below Queen’s hardcover level they are detective puzzles, with some reasonably adroit misdirection and nicely handled double-twist endings.” A kind verdict.
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