When her friend Professor Ames Caulfield takes Jessica along to recover in the country after a literary conference, his car breaks down in southern Roper County, they'll have to stay a few days in the inn of Cassie Latham Burns, to his amazement a former student of his, whose charming adolescent son Matthew performs Country in Frank Kelso's saloon. Ames witnesses how the kid is publicly humiliated by slutty waitress Linda Bonner's brother Ed and his goons, including service station employees Andy Crane and Billy Willetts, all storm out furious and shouting threats. After Ed is found dead with stab wounds behind the rectory, his dad farmer Bonner uses his considerable clout to weigh on Sheriff Claudell Cox, who assures Jessica Matt is safest in jail, while after pulling a knife on Kelso the lynching-minded rabble assembles outside till Bonner breaks them up; the sheriff admits taking the bloody knife all the way to his home across town where it was found without dumping it in the river...
Did You Know?
When Angela Lansbury and Craig Stevens are checking into the hotel the clerk tells them that she has two adjoining rooms in a private wing. Then when Angela Lansbury and Craig Stevens are in Lansbury's room Steven's tells Lansbury that after she's freshened up to knock his door and that he's right across the hall. Rooms that are on opposite sides of the hall can't be adjoining. See more