First published in 1916 ‘The Bride of a Moment’ is the first of two works by author Carolyn Wells which follow the exploits of gentleman detective Alan Ford. In the town of Bascombe Fells, a beautiful young bride has just said her vows at the altar. Moments later, she has been struck dead by an unknown killer. With a host of possible suspects and motives, private investigator Alan Ford has his work cut out as he tries to get to the bottom of the case.
Carolyn Wells (1862-1942) was a prolific American novelist and poet, best known for her children’s literature, mystery novels and humorous verse. Born in New Jersey, following school Wells worked as a librarian where she developed her love of reading, and her first book ‘At the Sign of the Sphinx’ was published in 1896. From 1900 Wells 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.