Ella Leffland. Mrs. Munck (1970) 336 pp.
Rose Davies arrived in San Francisco twenty-five years ago as a young,
naïve girl. She soon began a relationship with her boss, Patrick Leary,
that started off innocently enough, quickly turned into a life-changing
experience, and ultimately resulted in tragedy. Now, recently widowed and
living in a small house in Port Carquinez (patterned after Port Costa),
on the Carquinez Straits north of San Francisco, she offers to take Mr.
Leary, who is now her uncle by marriage, into her home and provide care
for him (he had been crippled and living in a nursing home). Her motive
for this seeming act of charity is soon revealed to be revenge—she plans
to murder him. As this novel of psychological suspense unfolds, her plans
evolve, get thwarted, and take a shocking turn at the end.
Baird & Greenwood 1484
1001 Midnights, p. 469-470