First published 1943; cover shown is the 1983 Bantam Books (USA) paperback edition. Cover art by Ziemiens. 168p.
Elizabeth Daly (1878 - 1967) was said to be one of Agatha Christie's favourite writers. They shared a similar readership base, both writing 'cosy', civilised mysteries, with many set during WWII. Daly was over 60 when she began to write mystery novels.
Evidence of Things Seen features Daly's series detective, Henry Gamadge. Gamadge is apparently a bibliophile, an expert on old books. There was no evidence of that in this novel, the fifth in the series. He is married to Clara, who is some 15 or so years his junior. His occupation - a mysterious overseas war office/FBI posting - is only hinted at, never confirmed.
Gamadge doesn't appear in the novel until page 50, giving Daly time to stage a haunting and a murder, as well as develop a number of the central characters. When Gamadge does arrive at the quaint cottage he has rented for the summer in the Berkshires, he finds that Clara is the chief suspect in the murder of Miss Radford, a local spinster and the owner of the cottage.
Gamadge sets out to discover the true killer, firstly investigating the 'haunting' of the cottage by Miss Radford's dead sister in the week preceding the murder. Once that has been sorted, he moves on to the mystery of Miss Radford's missing money - all seventy thousand of it. The money, the haunting and the murder are all connected, and Gamadge uses common sense and well honed detection skills to solve the case before the inquest. I'd like to think Daly was a tad unfair when it comes to the murderer, as the identity and the reasoning for the killing came a bit out of the blue for me.