This section provides a short description of all the major characters in the book. This can be printed out as a study guide for students, used as a "key" for leading a class discussion, or you can jump to the quiz/homework section to find worksheets that incorporate these descriptions into a variety of question formats.
Mildred Haviland / Muriel Chess / Mrs. Fallbrook - This person pretends to be three different characters during the novel, marrying one of the characters and then staging a disappearance that involves murdering another character and faking a suicide. At a second murder scene, this character pretends to be the owner of the victim's house. This character is revealed to have also killed a lover's spouse, prior to the other two murders.
Detective-lieutenant Al Degarmo / De Soto - This character acts as the antagonist in the novel. After covering up a murder...
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