The Chuckling Fingers
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One of the most popular American crime writers of the 20th century, Mabel Seeley was known as "The Mistress of Mystery." Critically acclaimed titles like The Listening House (1938), The Crying Sisters (1939), and the Mystery of the Year awarded The Chuckling Fingers (1941) have placed her stories and characters alongside those of Agatha Christie, Dorthy Sayers, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Amongst her many accolades and awards, Seeley was most proud of her service as the first director of the Mystery Writers of America. Born on March 25, 1903 in Herman, Minnesota, Mabel Seeley is best known for crime novels featuring female detectives who defied the stereotypes of the time as self-reliant and strong-willed Midwestern heroines.

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Praise for The Chuckling Fingers

"Satin-smooth mystery novel in a family fracas which starts with acts of malignant mischief and leads to murder. Young Ann Gay finds her cousin and closest friend, Jacqui, framed in guilt for diabolical doings and double murder. Ann turns detective and solves the crimes. Ingenuous manner for some ingenious matter -- expert timing and mechanics and pleasant romantic asides. Velvet." -
Kirkus Reviews
, starred review (September, 1941)

Praise for the novels of Mabel Seeley

"What a find! I'm so happy to have discovered Mabel Seeley. You will love her feisty heroine and the delightful cast of characters who live in the mysterious Listening House. I changed my mind a dozen times about who I thought the killer was, but I was wrong every time!"-Victoria Thompson, USA Today Bestselling Author of Murder on Wall Street on The Listening House

"So packed with weird thrills that it grips from first page to last . . . should take its place as one of the best thrillers of the season."-National Newsagent on The Listening House

"First rate whodunit, with enough of romance to give it a Mary Roberts Rinehart appeal...This is a newcomer in the field-a good 'un."-Kirkus Reviews, starred review (September, 1938) on The Listening House

"Beautifully told by a writer who is expert at finding horror in commonplace settings. Recommended for highest honors." -The New Yorker on The Crying Sisters

"The Crying Sisters is the Crime Club selection for this month, and it is an excellent mystery novel of the 'atmospheric' type....it holds its interest from the beginning as it rises in crescendo toward climax."-The New York Times on The Crying Sisters

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