On the eve of her wedding night, a bride-to-be loses her fiancé.
Dennis comes home as soon as he learns that Daphne is about to marry. Though they are both Havilands, raised in the same house, she is no more than a distant cousin, not related by blood, and he has loved her since they were young. He arrives in Chicago the night before the wedding, determined to stop her from giving Ben Brewer her hand. Their passion flares, and she agrees to meet him that night to plan their future together. Both lovers arrive in time for the rendezvous, but there is another surprise: Brewer’s bloody corpse.
The evidence against Dennis and Daphne is insurmountable. Fight as they may to evade police suspicion, the hangman’s noose slips ever tighter around their necks. They are finally together - but will they be joined for eternity at the altar, or the gallows?
“Any story by Mrs. Eberhart is sure to be good, and this one is certain to add to her reputation.” - The New York Times
“A star writer.” - H. R. F. Keating, author of Crime and Mystery: The 100 Best Books
“One of America’s favorite writers.” - Mary Higgins Clark
Mignon G. Eberhart (1899-1996) wrote dozens of mystery novels over a nearly six decade-long career. Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, she began writing in high school, trading English essays to her fellow students in exchange for math homework. She attended Nebraska Wesleyan University, and in the 1920s began writing fiction in her spare time, publishing her first novel, The Patient in Room 18, in 1929. With the follow-up, While The Patient Slept (1931), she won a $5,000 Scotland Yard Prize, and by the end of the 1930’s was one of the most popular female mystery writers on the planet.
Before Agatha Christie ever published a Miss Marple novel, Eberhart was writing romantic crime fiction with female leads. Eight of her books, including While the Patient Slept and Hasty Wedding (1938) were adapted as films. Made a Mystery Writers of America grandmaster in 1971, Eberhart continued publishing roughly a book a year until the 1980s. Her final novel Three Days for Emeralds, was published in 1988.