At a beauty shop two women answer to the same name for an appointment. Both have the married name Mrs. Joe Bradford plus they have identical keys to the same home. Martha Bradford who lives there now tries to contact her husband but he refuses to talk to her as he has a habit of miss treating her. That night the other woman Rita enters the house scaring Martha who finds Rita's wet footprints. The next day Martha contacts Perry for help in finding her husband to learn the truth. Joe's second in command Jack Harper sends them on a wild goose chase where they meet Larry Sands and a sheepherder who have little good to say about Joe. When confronted, Harper tells them Joe is on his boat in the harbor. Perry and Della visit the boat only to find Joe Bradford dead and a crooked candle in a hurricane lantern that has burned evenly. Martha's fingerprints are on the candle even though she swears to Perry she was never on the boat. Why was the candle crooked and how it fits into the case is a ... Written by
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