In the Campanile Apartment building in the heart of Manhattan, wealthy resident Sir Herbert Binney has been found dead in the lobby. The only clue to the crime is a mysterious scrawled note in his hand, which states that ‘women did it’. But which women? With his sizeable fortune at stake, there are plenty of suspects in this thrilling Fleming Stone mystery novel by prolific author Carolyn Wells.
Carolyn Wells (1862-1942) was a prolific American novelist and poet, best known for her children’s literature, mystery novels and humorous verse. Following school in New Jersey, Wells worked as a librarian, where she developed her love of reading. It was during 1896 that Wells' first book ‘At the Sign of the Sphinx’ was published. From 1900 she dedicated herself to her literary career, writing over 170 novels in total across a range of genres. Some of her most loved works include the ‘Patty Fairfield’ and ‘Marjorie Maynard’ series for girls, as well as the ‘Fleming Stone’ mystery series for adults. Wells is also well-known for her humorous nonsense verse, and was a frequent contributor of verse to magazines. She published an autobiography ‘The Rest of my Life’ in 1937. Wells died in New York City in 1942.