Charlotte Armstrong’s “A Dram of Poison”

Charlotte Armstrong, often called the Queen of Suspense, is my latest literary discovery.  Her plots are shatterproof, her characters ordinary yet memorable, and her fast-paced prose seems effortless.  Armstrong’s books often have a hint of California noir, and two of them have been made into movies, The Unsuspected (1945) and Mischief (1950).

What I didn’t know is that she could be so funny. I loved  A Dram of Poison, a gentle comedy of suspense.

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