By Carolyn G. Hart
Whilst prosperous, widowed paintings shopper Virginia Neville formally publicizes her engagement to Jake O'Neill -- her good-looking, captivating, and masses more youthful fianc? -- at a gala gallery establishing, no longer all of the amassed acquaintances and stepfamily are happy. And sooner than the final champagne bubble pops, homicide disrupts the grand get together. bookstall proprietor Annie Darling has a vested curiosity within the research, and she's made up our minds to untangle an unholy marriage of jealousy, blackmail, and malicious mischief, whether it capability having to move swords with hubby Max and pass paths with a cruelly smart stalker.
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Now the office was unused. It was chilly and smelled faintly dusty. The drapes were drawn, shutting out the thin winter light. Annie wondered if the heating vents were closed. She felt cold as ice. She folded her arms tight across her front, suppressed a shiver. If her scheme was unsuccessful . . A door squeaked. “I’ll just take a moment of your time, Mrs. Foster. Here, please take this chair. ” Annie edged to the line of light. She could see very little, a portion of Mrs. Foster’s aluminum cane and worn black shoes that laced.
His face is kind of uneven. High cheekbones and a long jaw and sharp chin. He looks like one of those courtiers you see in fifteenth-century French paintings. I told him he should wear a ruffled shirt and brandish a sword and he laughed. But he was pleased. ” His voice quivered with eagerness. ” 48 Carolyn Hart A sword? Annie wasn’t impressed. ” Chloe touched the top of her dark red head. “He always wears a cap, one of those round tweedy kind that are soft. Like golfers wear. ” The door closed and Annie broke into a run.
If her scheme was unsuccessful . . A door squeaked. “I’ll just take a moment of your time, Mrs. Foster. Here, please take this chair. ” Annie edged to the line of light. She could see very little, a portion of Mrs. Foster’s aluminum cane and worn black shoes that laced. But she could hear every word. Mrs. Foster’s voice was uncertain. “Stephanie, I’m sure Denise paid my rent—” “Oh, everything’s fine. Well”—the manager paused—“actually, I do have a concern. But I’ll wait until J. J. gets here before—” The cane quivered as the old woman’s hand shook.
Engaged to Die by Carolyn G. Hart