Virginia Rath. Death Breaks the Ring (1941) 298 pp.
San Francisco couturier and amateur sleuth Michael Dundas and his wife, Valerie, find themselves at a Sierra mountain resort-hotel near Grass Valley at the time an employee is murdered—an employee who has ties to three San Francisco families. When everyone has returned to San Francisco, another member of the group is murdered. Features cocktails at the Top of the Mark on Nob Hill, a visit to a mansion on the Marina, a break-in of a bachelor apartment at Leavenworth and Bush, and “a dramatic conclusion at a fantastic costume party at a California ranch” in Redwood City.
Setting: San Francisco; Redwood City; Grass Valley
Baird & Greenwood 2062