The Case of the Weird Sisters by Charlotte Armstrong
Three old crones plan a deadly accident for their wealthy half-brother
Alice Brennan is going to marry a millionaire. She has caught the eye of her boss, Innes Whitlock, but before they can tie the knot she must meet his sisters: three women who are so awful that no amount of money is worth enduring their company. One is blind, one is deaf, one is missing an arm, and they all want their brother dead.
The accidents begin as soon as Alice and Innes arrive at the sisters’ creaky old Michigan country house. A lamp falls from the ceiling, narrowly missing Innes’s head. When he goes for a drive, a detour sign disappears, sending him off the road and nearly killing him. Before the sisters can finish the job, Alice contacts her old history professor, MacDougal Duff, who makes his living solving murders. He is the only one who can save Alice’s millionaire from his murderous family.
“One of the few authentic spell-casting witches of modern times.” - Anthony Boucher, author of Nine Times Nine
“Armstrong writes with bravura skill, piling up the agony and suspense.” - New York Times
“Charlotte Armstrong is the American queen of suspense novelists.” - New York Telegraph
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The Three Weird Sisters is a 1948 British melodrama with Gothic influences, directed by Daniel Birt and starring Nancy Price, Mary Clare, Mary Merrall and Raymond Lovell. The screenplay was adapted by Dylan Thomas and Louise Birt from the novel The Case of the Weird Sisters by Charlotte Armstrong.
The film was Birt's directorial debut, while marking the last screen appearance of Nova Pilbeam who retired from the acting profession after it was completed.
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