Deadly Valentine by Carolyn Hart

By Carolyn Hart

Secret book place proprietor Annie Laurance did not actually need to visit her neighbor's Valentine Day masked ball -- really no longer after the voluptuous brunette made a cross at Annie's husband, Max. So whilst her dizzy partner's mother, Laurel, made a shock stopover at to Broward's Rock Island, Annie idea it'd be an ideal excuse to bypass the get together. She must have identified larger: actual to shape, Laurel authorized the invitation for all 3 of them. however the greatest shock of all got here on the party's finish, while Annie discovered the amorous hostess within the gazebo--murdered.

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Laurel cried. “Don’t bother. I’ll do it. ” Truer words were never spoken, Annie decided as she replaced the receiver, torn between irritation and amusement. Life never seemed quite the rational, orderly process Annie believed it to be when Laurel was on the scene. But Laurel did mean well. The phone rang again. Annie eyed it warily. Surely it wasn’t Laurel again. ” This voice, too, was immediately recognizable to Annie, the clear enunciation that proclaimed an accomplished actress, the crisp tone of authority, and the note of triumph that could only mean a book collector’s coup.

Buck Burger was a criminal lawyer who made enough enemies to make Al Capone nervous. ” Laurel gazed with interest at the starkly illuminated landscape. ” “Yes. Rather a large man. And not charming. ” A watchman. Why did the Burgers have a watchman? Annie had lived in the Scarlet King compound for a whole week and been unaware of this interesting fact about her neighbors. “I didn’t see Mr. Burger,” Laurel added. ” Annie brushed away an invisible cloud of no-see-ums and thought irritably that enough was enough with the screwy weather.

But to have such a handsome man sweep to my rescue—a Bentley, not a horse—and open the gate and bring me here and even arrange for the rental car to be retrieved from the ditch and brought here. I can only report that I am swept to the heights. I am giddy with anticipation. ” If there was an appropriate reply, Annie didn’t know it. But Laurel swept on, saving Annie from an awkward pause. “So, you see, it was meant to be—Saint Valentine’s Day, the fog, the unfamiliar lane, the gate. Annie, you and Max hadn’t told me about the gate.

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