Anne Morice’s twenty-one novels featuring amateur sleuth Tessa Crichton Price, the loquacious narrator, have been described as offering “sneaky endings, civilized middles and comfortable beginnings, which tell you in a page or two that you’re in the company of a classic detective-story writer.” Following in the tradition of Agatha Christie and Ngaio Marsh, Morice placed her characters in confined settings and examined the reality of psychological turmoil hovering beneath a facade of social harmony. Misled by skillfully placed red herrings, the reader can verify in reflection that the author faithfully provided the clues necessary to successful detection. Morice expanded the “puzzle” technique to include commentary on writing itself, creating, in essence, the metamystery. Her style simulates conversation, conveying essential information in skillful dialogue that reveals her interest in the theater. Her mysteries lend credence to the genre as a medium of social, psychological, and literary commentary.