By Carolyn Hart

It's attending to glance much like Christmas at the sea island of Broward's Rock, South Carolina. on the loss of life on call for secret bookshop, proprietor Annie Darling's xmas arrangements must be wear carry because of numerous relatively inconvenient distractions -- together with homicide. around the windswept isle, within the spacious, spooky mansion of Marguerite Dumaney Ladson, a motley group is collecting for the onetime motion picture star's gala Xmas/birthday bash. And whilst it turns lethal, it really is Annie who has to end up the innocence of the main anxious suspect: her personal deadbeat dad.

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Her brown eyes vacant and glazed, Rachel's stare did not waver. A tracery of blue veins stood out opposed to gauze-white epidermis. Annie reached out, lightly touched a chilly cheek. "Rachel, let's move within. " Annie pulled the lady to her toes as Max held open front door. Annie positioned her arm round the cumbersome oversize jacket putting from skinny, slumped shoulders. She led Rachel into the lounge to an overstuffed couch. As they sank into its convenience, Annie murmured, "Max, a few sizzling chocolate. And an afghan. " Max grew to become towards the corridor. "Rachel"—Annie lightly held icy hands—"they'll be apprehensive. " The girl's eyes flickered. Her mouth twisted. "Nobody cares approximately me. " She swallowed. Her phrases got here at periods, as though it took all her energy to talk. "You have been great to me this night. " Annie's throat ached. phrases should not be that arduous to claim, now not for somebody and positively now not for this bewildered, tired woman. Max stepped softly close to and passed Annie a beige and blue afghan. Annie squeezed Rachel's unresponsive arms, then lightly unfold the nice and cozy afghan over her. "Rachel, what is wrong? " Red-rimmed eyes stared stonily forward. Rachel's lips quivered. "Mike would not seek advice from me. " Annie had a chilly experience of foreboding. Mike was once the nineteen-year-old gardener. chuffed idea he was once too outdated for Rachel. At dinner, Marguerite acknowledged she had came across it effortless to deter his curiosity in Rachel. 'Tonight? " Tears slowly trickled down Rachel's white cheeks. "I known as and he hung up on me. I rode my motorcycle to his condo. I went as much as front door and his mother opened the door. She's constantly been great to me earlier than, yet this night she shook her head and stated Mike was once busy. " One hand straggled out from underneath the afghan, swiped at her cheeks. "She appeared unhappy. Then she close the door. I went round to the again. Mike's room is by means of the again steps. I knocked on his window. i have performed that plenty of occasions. " Her excessive voice used to be open and guileless. "Sometimes it'd be genuine past due and he'd push the display out and i might climb in. " She pulled the afghan as much as her neck. "He opened the window and informed me to depart, advised me to return to the large condominium. He said—" She swallowed jerkily. "He stated he by no means desired to see me back. " A spoon clinked as Max put the tray at the espresso desk. Annie picked up a mug, held it out. "You're chilly, Rachel. Max has fastened a few sizzling chocolate for us. right here, he makes nice cocoa, I promise. " She talked and attempted desperately to imagine. What may still she say to Rachel? What may she say? What, truly, did Annie recognize? there has been Marguerite's merciless assertion that Rachel's "Romeo prefers cash to her. " The inference was once transparent. Marguerite provided Mike cash to offload Rachel, and he permitted. Rachel took the cocoa, sipped, yet her eyes clung to Annie. Annie took a deep breath, needed for knowledge and felt the beginnings of a sluggish, deep anger. Who the hell did Marguerite Dumaney imagine she was once? might be she acted on impulse. possibly Rachel, sullen and hateful, had made her indignant. possibly, giving Marguerite each good thing about each doubt, she had felt it was once particularly o.k. to exploit any skill to guard Rachel from an unwise alliance at an unwise age.

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