By Carolyn G. Hart

Whilst filthy rich, widowed artwork client Virginia Neville formally declares her engagement to Jake O'Neill -- her good-looking, captivating, and masses more youthful fianc? -- at a gala gallery establishing, no longer the entire accumulated acquaintances and stepfamily are happy. And sooner than the final champagne bubble pops, homicide disrupts the grand party. book shop proprietor Annie Darling has a vested curiosity within the research, and she's decided to untangle an unholy marriage of jealousy, blackmail, and malicious mischief, whether it skill having to pass swords with hubby Max and move paths with a cruelly smart stalker.

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Oh, I wish. ” A quick indrawn breath. “Macular degeneration. She doesn’t even watch TV anymore. She’s living in a retirement place called Snug Harbor. ” “Yes. ” Annie knew the building, a red brick hexagon. The unusual design offered a central recreation and dining room with residents living in the five remaining segments that angled from the entrance. Each room faced out with a view of the marsh or maritime forest. It was the island’s newest retirement home, designed for people who were able to function without assistance.

Neville Gallery. ” He whopped a big fist into an open palm. “Pow. Pow. ”  Two  ƒ FOG PRESSED AGAINST the windows. The Tiffany shade of the brass lamp near the bed glowed like Tower of London jewels. Flames danced in the fireplace. Annie smiled into the softness of dark blue eyes. Max’s thick blond hair was mussed, his regular features relaxed and contented. He lifted her hand, drew it to his lips, gently kissed her palm. Annie turned her hand, squeezed his fingers, then sat bolt upright, tugging the sheet to her bare shoulders.

Most fun of all, there would surely be time enough this afternoon for him and Annie to go home. Ah, a winter afternoon and the woman he loved. Omar could keep the wine and verse. First things first. Stephanie Hammond bounced toward the door, hand outstretched. A candy cane appliqué sparkled against the thick red fuzz of her pullover sweater. “Mrs. ” She waved Annie toward a chintz-upholstered overstuffed chair. Instead of taking her place behind the walnut desk, the manager took an armchair opposite Annie and leaned forward, her gaze eager.

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