Nancy Barr Mavity. The Tule Marsh Murder (1929) 318 pp.
Suffering cats! James Aloysius “Peter” Piper, ace reporter for the
Herald, is drawn into the mystery surrounding a woman found murdered
in the marsh near El Cerrito. The body has been burned beyond recognition,
but bears a striking similarity to Sheila (O’Shay) Ellsworth, the missing
wife of millionaire Don Ellsworth. Also on the case is Dr. Cavanaugh, a
famous psychiatrist who has made a hobby of analysis of the criminal mind
and is a frequent consultant for the police and expert witness in murder
trials. Bigamy, amnesia, and conspiracy all come into play before Peter
stumbles into the shocking conclusion and uncovers the killer.
Baird & Greenwood 1694