The Chocolate Cobweb by Charlotte Armstrong
Investigating her mysterious birth leads a bright young artist into peril
For a few hours after her birth, Amanda Garth had two fathers. One was John, the kind, forthright man who would raise her. The other was Tobias Garrison, a well-known California artist who, because of a mix-up in the hospital’s nursery, briefly thought Amanda was his. The confusion was straightened out, and the misunderstanding is forgotten for twenty-three years, when questions about her birth cause Amanda to approach the Garrisons. This could prove a deadly mistake.
Someone in that poisonous family is plotting a murder, and the last thing they want is another heir to the massive Garrison fortune. The quest for truth could mean death for the girl whose birth was shrouded in secrecy.
“[This] is, in the best sense of the term, a novel of suspense. The intricacies of the plot are so skillfully handled that there is no confusion.” - New York Times
“The narrative skill is considerable, and the tale a tense performance.” - Chicago Sun
“Edge-of-the-seat suspense and masterful writing.” - Elizabeth Foxwell, editor of Clues: A Journal of Detection
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