When Dr. Cowley, the greedy local physician of Taviscombe, plans to turn a prime oceanside building, occupied by the very elderly Miss Graham, into a profitable nursing home, Mrs. Malory becomes worried about the fate of her dear friend. What will happen to the poor soul if she refuses to move?
As Mrs. Malory fears, the answer is most distressing: poor Miss Graham is cruelly, unkindly, and most diabolically killed with her favorite dessert. Of course, it appears that Dr. Cowley must have done it--except that he has an ironclad alibi. Now Mrs. Malory is snooping in earnest, hoping her search will lead her to intriguing revelations: about the physician with ambition, about a weak-willed nephew and his pushy wife, about a pretty neighbor of questionable virtue, and about a very large sum of money. Of course, Mrs. Malory's persistent inquiries may also get her killed.
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