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When the body of Violet Feverel is discovered on the Central Park bridle path, Inspector Oscar Piper is about to declare her death accidental from a thrown horse, until his friend and amateur detective Hildegarde Withers locates the horse and discovers blood on the horse. The coroner deems it a murder when the cause of death is shown to be by a blunt instrument on the victim's head. The suspects include Violet's ex-husband, Don Gregg, who she jailed for nonpayment of alimony, but who was just released by a forged court order; Latigo Wells, the manager of Violet's stables and who had an argument with her that morning; and Eddie Fry, who had quarreled with Violet over his seeing her sister, Barbara Foley, and who was about to elope with Barbara. At Don's Long Island home, Hildegarde and Oscar meet his sickly father, Patrick, the caretaker, Chris Thomas, and his crippled son, Joey. After Patrick is murdered, Hildegarde snoops around and discovers clues which pinpoint the murderer, who is...Written by
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I'm not overly familiar with the Hildegarde Withers mysteries, having only seen one other. In this one, "Murder on a Bridal Path," Miss Withers is played by Helen Broderick. Apparently there were three Withers: Edna May Oliver, Broderick, and Zasu Pitts. James Gleason remains as Oscar, the police detective who acts like he doesn't need or want Withers' help but she always steers him down the right path.
When the body of Violet Feverel is discovered on the Central Park bridle path, it looks as if she was thrown from her horse. Hildegarde is walking her dog and, having found the horse, sees that he has blood on him. It's ultimately found to be murder.
Nobody like this woman, particularly her ex-husband Don whom she's thrown in jail for back alimony. And he was released by a forged court order. Also, the manager of her stables fought with her that morning. And then there's Eddie Fry who is seeing Violet's sister to the disapproval of Violet.
Oscar and Hildegarde head out to Don's home on Long Island. There they meet the cast of a horror film: the sick father, Patrick, the caretaker Chris, and his crippled son Joey.
When Don's father is murdered, it brings Hildegarde closer to figuring out the identity of the killer.
Mildly entertaining - even though it's short, it seems longer. It's very dark-looking, with the Long Island house looking like Bleak House. I liked Helen Broderick. She has a fun way with dialogue and nice chemistry with Gleason, though Oliver's was better.
I think the Penguin Pool Murder was better. This is okay.
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