A high-class soiree turns deadly in this classic mystery featuring the ingenious investigator Fleming Stone Phillip Maxwell has a rare gift for hosting parties. He fills his spacious estate with a wide range of lively, personable, and attractive revelers, ever the guarantee of a fine time for all. But his latest fete is interrupted when a bullet abruptly and permanently curtails the festivities. The murder weapon is quickly located in the hand of an unconscious woman lying next to the corpse, and the victim is none other than the convivial host himself! Despite the damning evidence implicating the comatose woman, Maxwell's friend Peter King realizes that virtually everyone on the guest list is a suspect. King came to the party hoping to spend time with the delightful Irene Gardner, but he now finds himself saddled with the unenviable task of having to ferret out a killer. His burden is considerably lightened, however, when master detective Fleming Stone arrives to investigate the perplexing crime. This ebook features a new introduction by Otto Penzler and has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.