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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