By Carolyn Hart
Whilst secret book place proprietor Annie Laurance is invited to coach "The 3 nice girls of the secret" type at Chastain group collage, the someday sleuth discovers that each one isn't really strictly educational in Chastain's hallowed halls of studying. And whilst a stunning scandal within the college newspaper erupts in a suicide and violent deaths, Professor Laurance enlists the abilities of her new hubby, inner most eye Max Darling, and dons her pondering cap to probe intrigue and vengeance between Chastain's faculty.
A risky Thing
Max and Annie, with doubtful aid from 3 in their personal nice girls of the secret -- Annie's pixilated better half's mother, a batty neighborhood dowager, and a Christie crime enthusiast -- research that nearly every body on the university had capacity, rationale, and entry to the homicide guns. From the secretly boozing professor of advertisements to the muscle-bound campus cad who barters passing grades for a bit extracurricular task, a person at the school is a potential killer -- ready to strike back!
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Anybody here? This place open? ” The staccato male tenor, hurried, demanding, yet not unpleasant, reverberated down the center aisle. “Here I am,” Annie called, turning to face the front of the shop. Abruptly, the atmosphere was charged with tension. A lean, beak-nosed man in his fifties strode down the center aisle, exuding energy, determination, and impatience. His face was leathery and his forehead looked to be permanently wrinkled in a frown. Questing green eyes of an unusual brightness darted from Annie to the paintings to the collection of mugs behind the coffee bar.
She took his hand. “Annie Laurance Darling,” she offered. His handshake was firm, quick, and hurried. Chastain was a lovely small town snuggled in a pleasant harbor on the mainland, about 13 miles from the ferry dock that served the island of Broward’s Rock and, of course, Death on Demand. Settled in 1730, Chastain had prospered in the heyday of cotton, missed destruction when Sherman passed by, and flowered in recent years as a mecca for tourists appreciative of antebellum homes. Annie vaguely recalled a live oak-rimmed campus and buildings of uniformly Georgian architecture.
Just as they reached the foot of the stairs, light steps sounded briskly behind them. ” a worried voice called. The frail, gentle-faced woman who caught up with them flashed an apologetic glance at Annie, then turned to Annie’s escort, who had one hand firmly fastened on the wooden railing. Drunk as a skunk, her Uncle Ambrose would have observed. “Josh, let me drive you home,” the woman pleaded. “I have my keys right here. ” “I beg your pardon, Charlotte,” Josh Norden said with great dignity, enunciating so very carefully.