Hardboiled Crime Discussion Club
Join us as we discuss Helen Nielsen’s The Woman on the Roof
When Wilma looks down from her window and sees her neighbor lying dead in the bathtub, she doesn’t call the police. Once before she had called the police and it had landed her in a mental institution. Now she lives in the garage apartment her brother Curtis provides for her, safe and high above the unknown evil that she fears. She cannot risk being hospitalized again. If the body is really there, someone else will discover it.
And discover it they do. But is this really an accident? The police inspector is not so sure. Curtis himself was known to visit her. The young nurse definitely has something to hide; the old gardener is acting evasive; and pretty-boy Tony is decidedly defensive. And then there’s the serviceman who shows up claiming to be the dead woman’s husband. Only Wilma could have seen what happened—and that someone might try to kill her next!