One of my favorites from the prolific Wallace, the premier mystery/thriller writer of the early 20th century. The angel of the title will stop at nothing to get what she wants and comes up with some bizarre schemes to get it. She’s aided by her father.
Lydia was in debt and didn’t have a clue when things would turn around. John Glover is a young lawyer who unsuccessfully represented the wealthy James Meredith. He was found guilty of a murder he didn’t commit. Though, to say the least unusual circumstances, Glover arranged for him to escape a prison hospital and marry Lydia.
Jean Briggerland looks like an angel but that’s where the resemblance ends. She and her father were counting on a big inheritance from Meredith. She was engaged to him. The night he went to her house to break it off her latest paramour was killed. Meredith got the death penalty.
Now Jean and her father try and figure out how to grab the money anyway. She befriends Lydia who doesn’t catch on to what Jean is really after. Glover does but she doesn’t believe him. He arranged for a bodyguard named Mr.Jaggs. He looked like anything but a competent guard. Jean and her father regret underestimating him.
To show the Briggerland’s aren’t beyond trying anything they tried having Lydia run down. That didn’t work and the next thing was to arrange for a dangerous mental patient to escape and break into Lydia’s house. Good thing Mr.Jaggs was alert. A burglar ran out of luck on showing up the same night.
The action moves between England and France with assorted schemes that it would be unfair of me to reveal. It’s a lot of fun reading about what Jean will try next and nothing is below her. Her father tries to help but constantly fails.