By Mary Daheim

On the market: luxurious Condos, Corpse integrated only a stone's throw from Judith McMonigle Flynn's thriving Hillside Manor, workmen are busy renovating the elegantly decrepit Alhambra fingers into expensive condominiums. yet involved contractor George Guthrie fears that well-heeled capability purchasers may well blanch after they find out about the four-decades-dead physique that used to be stashed in the back of the crumbling partitions of the moldy manse. And ever-inquisitive Judith's discovery of a few even more contemporary is still at the premises threatens to se estate values in the course of the floorboards--and Guthrie in the course of the roof! either her specialist detective husband Joe and her partner-in-crime fixing cousin Renie imagine Judith is bonkers to suspect that the 2 killings are hooked up. however, Judith's able to construct a powerful case to that impression -- until a few homicidal a person comes to a decision to deconstruct her first!

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We’ve met on several occasions. And you, Ms. . ” “Rael,” Sancha replied coldly. “Sancha Rael. That’s RA-E . ” Mavis waved a hand. “Never mind, we don’t spell on television. Okay, let’s get a two-shot, Ms. ” She jerked a thumb at Renie and Sancha. “You two move it. Make sure you’re well out of camera range. Come on, let’s—” Renie hunkered down in the chair. “I can’t move. ” “Too bad the exorcist got killed,” Mavis snapped. “Maybe she could have broken it. As it is,” she went on with a menacing expression and the shaking of her fist, “I’m going to—” “I’m Detective Price’s partner,” Sancha declared, not budging an inch.

Judith asked in a whisper. ” “You could probably get some kind of injunction to stop him from putting Hillside Manor on the tour,” Renie said as they fell a few feet behind the rest of the group. Luckily, the couple who had been sitting in front of them had sprinted to the head of the pack, no doubt trying to avoid the cousins. ” Judith sighed. “But I’ve never been so outraged. ” Renie grinned. ” Stopping suddenly, Judith grabbed Renie by the arm. “Say—you didn’t know about this all along, did you?

Renie said with a little sigh. ” “I’d have been spared all of it,” Judith said. “Christian Scientists don’t run around trying to save people all the time. ” Sipping her bourbon, Renie smiled. “She’s a good worker, though. Except for dumping dirty rags on the floor. I’ll pick them up. ” Just as Renie got up from the chair, the front doorbell rang. ” Renie asked, gathering up the rags. “Okay,” Judith sighed. “Let’s hope it’s not guests. ” Taking another gulp from her Scotch, Judith also stood up and went over to the aspirin bottle on the win- 34 Mary Daheim dowsill.

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