(Lieutenant James Mysteries) (Volume 4)
Local celebrity writer, Walt Whitlock, is poisoned at a barbecue at the Townsend home in Winburg. Lieutenant James investigates and finds the tainted bourbon not only in Whitlock’s #5 cup but in one of the several cups marked #7. Although he uncovers the reason for so many #7 cups, he still must find the murderer.
Elderly neighbor, Lucy Trent, brought the pint bottle of Starsilk Preferred Bourbon to the picnic and Oliver Townsend, Walt’s publisher, had an argument with him just before he died, but both claimed innocence.
Fingerprints from another guest, Eileen Forsyth, are found on the poisoned cup and Walt’s college friend, John, disappears after the party.
A missing codicil to a dead woman’s will and strange happenings at a local racetrack lead James to identify and arrest the real culprit.
CALL 911, GET AN AMBULANCE.
At least two other people including Lt. James and Bitsy had eaten some of everything on Walt’s plate and all were fine. That left the drinks in the two numbered cups by Whitlock’s hand.