The Fifth Caller (1959) by Helen Nielsen

6 stars (6/10 stars)

“We have a crime of violence and a study in a shambles, and we have a woman who attempted to kill herself a few hours after the murder. What more do you want for an arrest?”

At 5:22 p.m., Dr. Lillian Whitehall was beaten to death in her office. There were four appointments on her calendar that day, along with one final, unscheduled visit—from her killer. Police believe that fifth caller was her office nurse, Hungarian refugee Anna Bardossy. The two women fought earlier that day, and shortly after the murder, Anna was found lying on the beach with her wrists slashed. She says she remembers nothing about the day of the crime.

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The Woman on the Roof (1954) by Helen Nielsen

Helen Nielsen - The Woman on the Roof

8 Stars (8/10 stars)

Even a crazy woman should have a chance to speak for herself. How else could anyone tell the sane from the insane?

Ever since Wilma Rathjen came to work at the bakery, she’s been in trouble for one thing or another. She tries hard, but it always seem to go wrong. Now her neighbor Jeri Lynn has failed to pick up an expensive birthday cake she ordered. For once, it isn’t Wilma’s mistake. She knows that Jeri has been dead in her bathtub for two days.

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