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Author: Constance Little; Gwenyth Little
Publisher: Boulder, Colo. : Rue Morgue Press, 1999.
Series: Rue Morgue vintage mystery.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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With her bank account down to empty, orphaned Leigh Smith has no choice but to take a job as a paid companion and housekeeper to the miserly Mrs. Ballister. However, once she moves into the drafty, creaking old Ballister mansion in the wilds of New Jersey, Smithy has reason to regret her decision. But when Mrs. Ballister decides to invite her nieces and nephews for Christmas, Smithy sees the possibility for some  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Christmas stories
Detective and mystery fiction
Fiction
Mystery fiction
Detective and mystery stories
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Constance Little; Gwenyth Little
ISBN: 0915230259 9780915230259
OCLC Number: 44476930
Notes: Originally published in 1938; new material added in 1999.
"A Rue Morgue Vintage Mystery"--Cover.
Description: 155 pages ; 23 cm.
Series Title: Rue Morgue vintage mystery.
Responsibility: by Constance & Gwenyth Little.

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With her bank account down to empty, orphaned Leigh Smith has no choice but to take a job as a paid companion and housekeeper to the miserly Mrs. Ballister. However, once she moves into the drafty, creaking old Ballister mansion in the wilds of New Jersey, Smithy has reason to regret her decision. But when Mrs. Ballister decides to invite her nieces and nephews for Christmas, Smithy sees the possibility for some fun. What she doesn't expect is to encounter the Ballister family curse. It seems that when a dragging noise is heard in the attic it foretells the death of a Ballister. And once a Ballister dies, if you don't watch the body until it's buried, it's likely to walk. Smithy and a pair of potential beaux turn detective and try to figure out why the murderer leaves black-headed pins at the scene of every crime.

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