Ask for Me Tomorrow by Margaret Millar

ask for me tomorrowI like Margaret Millar books because her characters are oddballs and because her stories are compact.

My self-imposed project to read through Margaret Millar continues, this time with the first in the Tom Aragon series, Ask for Me Tomorrow. He’s a young hispanic lawyer in Santa Felicia, Millar’s stand-in for Santa Barbara, and he’s hired by a middle-aged woman named Gilly to track down her first husband who disappeared with a young maid from their home a number of years ago.

It feels a lot like other Millars: there’s a strange-seeming religious group that Gilly’s cook belongs to, the Holy Sabbathians, very much like the the cult in How Like an Angel. There’s an outsider going into a strange world. Aragon is young, and first he’s an outsider at Gilly’s house with its array of hired help for her and her second husband, who suffered a stroke, and then in Baja, Mexico as he tracks down her first husband who spent time in the Rio Seco jail, a jail called the Quarry in a very smelly town. And finally, what makes this feel like other Millar books is her dialogue. There always seems to be something off in Aragon’s conversations: with his client Gilly, with the legal assistant in his office, with the people he meets in Rio Seco.

The characters are vivid oddballs, which makes this story stick with me. And she ends the story without a lot of telling, so pondering motives is what happened to me after I read the book.

I bought my copy of the book.

7 thoughts on “Ask for Me Tomorrow by Margaret Millar

  1. This is one of the few (two) books by Millar that I have read, and I enjoyed it. So far, the books I have read by Millar have been so different from other mysteries, and I like that aspect. Another thing I liked about this one was the setting (partially) in a city like Santa Barbara. Right now I have three more of her books on my shelves to look forward to, plus a book of short stories and novellas.

      • Is that the one by Tom Nolan? I have been wanting to read that for ages but still haven’t picked up a copy. From what I have read their lives and their marriage were very interesting.

  2. Yes, that definitely sounds like Millar, Rebecca. She certainly knew how to invite readers to speculate about motives, etc.. Glad you enjoyed this.

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