This was a good story. When I decided to read it for the Classic’s Club, I wasn’t even certain it was a classic, but I do believe it is! 🙂 Phyllis A. Whitney was born in Japan (1903) to American parents. She passed away in 2008 and during her life time she wrote more than 70 books! She wrote books for children and adults. I’ve read a few of her books in the past and I’ve not been disappointed.
In Snowfire, Linda Earle’s brother, Stuart, is being held in prison for murder. He is accused of killing Margot, a woman in a wheelchair. Linda is convinced her brother is innocent and decides to investigate on her own. Julian McCabe, an avid skiier, was Margot’s husband and they had one daughter, Adria.
From the beginning to the end this book had a foreboding atmosphere! Linda decides she must somehow gain access to Graystones where Margot was killed. However, it will not be easy to gain access to this formidable home and win over a grieving family.
“The gray stone house, with its slate roof, was like such an outcropping itself. It had been built of fieldstone, with arched, leaded windows and an arched doorway. It was not a large house–only two stories high–but it was starkly impressive. To the right of the front door and set a little back from it, a round Norman tower with a peaked roof and high weathervane rose above the chimneys. The tower had a gallery at the top, lighted by more arched windows which would offer a fine view.” (p. 24).
With the ski slopes nearby, a suspicious cast of characters, including a caretaker and Julian’s sister, and blizzard conditions, Linda must sleuth and uncover Margot’s real killer.
I thought everyone is this story looked guilty of the crime. Clay, Linda’s boss at the ski lodge, seemed friendly and helpful, always lending a listening ear, but could he be trusted? Emory, Graystones caretaker, hated Stuart. He was ugly to Linda and wanted her gone. Shan, Adria’s aunt planted horrible thoughts in Adria’s mind, plotting her against Linda. Jillian seemed aloof, however, Linda and Jillian were slowly forming an attachment. It certainly kept me guessing.