By Carolyn Hart
Love is within the air -- yet unfortunately, so is homicide -- as award-winning writer Carolyn Hart returns once more to the South Carolina Low state island of Broward's Rock and units her pleasant married sleuths, the Darlings, on separate trails to a killer.
Nothing warms the guts like romance -- at the same time the uncooked, chilly winds of January kick back the citizens of Broward's Rock to the bone. yet it truly is greater than amore that intrigues secret bookshop proprietor Annie Darling and her husband, Max, while filthy rich, widowed artwork buyer Virginia Neville publicizes her engagement to Jake O'Neill, her good-looking, fascinating, and lots more and plenty more youthful fiancé, at a gala establishing on the Neville gallery. Virginia's pleased assertion leaves a number of the collected -- in particular yes participants of her green with envy prolonged stepfamily -- fairly peeved. And one of many site visitors takes the scoop more durable than the remaining: earlier than the final champagne bubble pops, homicide disrupts the grand celebration.
Quickly deputized by way of appearing Police leader Billy Cameron, troubleshooter Max Darling dives headfirst into the icy investigative waters, leaving spouse Annie slightly out within the chilly. yet seeing that her younger assistant, Chloe, is a primary suspect -- and one in all Jake O'Neill's latest damaged hearts -- Annie is set to untangle the unholy marriage of jealousy, blackmail, gunplay, and malicious mischief ... whether it capacity crossing swords with hubby Max and putting herself within the perilous course of a cleverly sadistic stalker.
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A custodian sloshed the rainy mop over the part of the large steel bucket. He driven the stringy tendrils as though they have been heavy as a Medusa's head in stone. Annie's nostril wrinkled. One half ammonia to 3 components water? Who knew? The antiseptic scent of the sanatorium overlay the scent from the nutrition trays stacked in a bin and looking ahead to pickup. The nurses' station was once a size of corridor away. An occasional nurse or nurse's aide moved close to the curved wood counter. The low mumble of tv flowed from close by rooms with in part open doorways. sometimes viewers walked previous. Annie paced. Max leaned opposed to the wall contrary room 224. Lou Pirelli sagged wearily on a difficult instantly chair and refrained from Annie's withering gaze. ultimately she stopped at once in entrance of him. She waited till he reluctantly met her eyes. "Does Billy imagine Chloe's going to flee into the evening, head wound and all? " Lou shoved a hand via his thick tangle of black hair. "Annie, I simply paintings the following. I obtained my orders. She's less than arrest. i am the following to ensure she does not cross anywhere. and that i received to get legit note from the document. If she's good sufficient, she's speculated to be moved to the penal complex. you were given a red meat, take it to the guy. " "Hey, Annie. " Max driven clear of the wall. "Want a Dr Pepper or a Pepsi? " "Dr Pepper. " without warning she hungered desperately for the bubbly tangy pop, nonetheless the main unique style in the USA. Max ducked right into a room doorways down. The jangle of cash in a slot, a bang, one other jangle and bang, and he was once again with a Dr Pepper for her and orange juice for him. Annie checked out his selection. "Canned orange juice tastes metal. And fruit juice is simply one other kind of sugar. " Max nodded equably. "You're correct. As regularly. " He drank, wrinkled his nostril, shrugged, drank a few extra. "No diet C in Dr Pepper," Lou saw. "Max, will you retain watch? imagine i will get a Pepsi. " Annie popped open the pinnacle, took a lovely sip. The sugar and the zing gave her a snap of power. "It needs to be a very good signal that they moved her to a room. " There have been a few colour in Chloe's face while she used to be wheeled into room 224 a couple of minutes previous. A nurse's aide had deftly maneuvered the gumey, fol- lowed via Dr. Burford and Bob Winslow. Annie had made a valiant attempt. "Dr. Burford, how is—" however the door had closed. It remained close. The elevator halfway down the corridor clacked open. Billy Cameron strode down the corridor. He overlooked Annie and Max, planted himself in entrance of the door, appeared round, barked, "Lou? " Lou moved quickly from the snack room, Pepsi in hand. "Here, leader. " Billy pointed at room 224. "What's the be aware? " "Nothing but. document Burford's in there. " Lou wiped beads of chilly from the can of Pepsi. "And that man that stumbled on her. " Billy folded his fingers. "I have no idea that he is received any correct. what is he purported to be? A boyfriend? he is not subsequent of family members. i do not very similar to that. i will inform document to get him out of there. " Annie bolted ahead, squeezed among Billy and the door to Chloe's room, stared into stony eyes. "Okay, Max and that i are invisible, correct?