By Laura Childs

New Orleans scrapbooking store proprietor Carmela Bertrand delights her consumers with the subtle seems she achieves with their scrapbooks.  yet between her client's keepsakes she unearths a tip of her own-about a murder...

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Oh, that’s only one of Bobby’s previous fraternity pictures,” remarked CeCe. “Wasn’t he lovable? Wasn’t he younger? ” “Wasn’t Shamus in Phi Kappa Sigma? ” requested Tandy by surprise. Carmela’s head spun round like a gopher doping up out of a gap. “Yes, he was,” she answered as she paused in her cautious software of gold paint to the deckled edges of her montage. “Lord honey,” exclaimed Tandy excitedly, “I imagine this fellow within the photo is Shamus. Come over the following and search for your self. ” Frowning a bit of, Carmela stood up and made her manner round the desk. “Right here,” stated Tandy, pointing with a delicately manicured index finger. “See the guy with the foolish grin, status in the back of the beer keg? ” Carmela peered at an outdated colour Polaroid that was once commencing to move orange with age. It was once Shamus. yet seeing Shamus within the previous photograph didn’t shock her part up to spotting the younger guy who used to be posed subsequent to him. since it used to be none except Dace Wilcox! a similar Dace Wilcox who’d claimed he didn’t comprehend Shamus. or maybe be mindful Shamus from the Pluvius krewe! Why had Dace lied? Carmela questioned. used to be he attempting to conceal anything, or had he easily forgotten? Gabby,” acknowledged Carmela abruptly. “You have been on the Pluvius den the opposite evening. Do you bear in mind seeing this guy, Dace Wilcox? ” Gabby came visiting the desk and studied the image, cocking her head to at least one part. She nodded. “Yes, i do know Dace Wilcox. Or no less than I’ve met him. And he was once there. ” “Talking to Shamus? ” Gabby idea for a second. “Don’t imagine so. ” There an extended second so pregnant with silence you could’ve heard a pin drop. “Was he speaking with Jimmy Earl? ” requested Carmela. Gabby persevered to review the previous Polaroid of Shamus and Dace, taken on the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity at Tulane. “I imagine i'd have visible the 2 of them talking,” stated Gabby eventually. “Just so we’re completely transparent in this, Gabby, you observed Dace Wilcox conversing with Jimmy Earl Clayton,” stated Carmela. Gabby nodded her head back. “I’m beautiful convinced I observed ’em jointly. ” Her brows knit jointly as she unexpectedly learned what she’d simply stated. Then she additional, “Just prior to the floats rolled out of the den. ” bankruptcy 12 AT twenty to 5, the shop was once abandoned, the entire pa pers, stencils, and fancy-edged scissors positioned away in drawers and cabinets for the weekend. nonetheless, Carmelain was once reluctant to go away. She wandered concerning the shop, snapping out reveal lighting fixtures and fretting concerning the unusual occasions of the day. Seeing Dace Wilcox’s photograph subsequent to Shamus’s have been a stunner. And studying that Dace could have been chatting with Jimmy Earl Clayton correct earlier than he died was once downright eerie. was once it attainable Dace Wilcox used to be no longer what he looked to be? That he’d had a few kind of bone to choose with Jimmy Earl Clayton? If Dace had in some way engineered a bad “accident” utilizing a deadly dose of ketamine, how handy to aid steer the rumors and innuendoes to indicate towards Shamus. the decision she’d got past from Hop Pennington didn’t support issues both. in truth, it had left her feeling extraordinarily unsettled.

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