By Tamar Myers
In a Treasure-Laden Mansion
Unflappable and innovative, Abigail Timberlake, vintage broker and proprietor of Charlotte, North Carolina's Den of Antiquity, depends upon her wisdom and savvy to authenitcate the evidence from the fakes by way of both curios or humans. Her services makes Abby beneficial to really good-looking Tradd Maxwell Burton, filthy rich scion of the well known Latham kin. He wishes her to figure out the main worthy merchandise within the Latham mansion after which break up the proceeds of it along with her. A treasure hunt in an antique-filled manor? All Abby can say is "let the video games begin."
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Accompanied by way of her top female friend, C.J., Abby arrives on the property and is met with cool reserve, if no downright rudeness, from the individuals of the Latham extended family. attempting to perform Tradd's request, Abby reveals that she may well lower the family rigidity with a knife. yet a person has overwhelmed her to it by way of stabbing a maid to loss of life with an historic kris. all of sudden all eyes are on C.J., whose fingerprints ensue to be all around the homicide weapon. it truly is as much as Abby to exploit her knack for detecting forgeries to show the faux alibi of the real killer.
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Well, it’s possible, you know. Once, when I was a little girl, Granny Ledbetter couldn’t find her dentures for almost a week. Couldn’t eat anything but grits and gravy. Turns out Cousin Orville tied them to a helium balloon he got at the carnival. ” Mrs. J. J. wouldn’t launch into a commercial for Cousin Orville’s pig teeth dentures. J. returned the matriarch’s stare unabashedly. ” BAROQUE AND DESPERATE / 57 I breathed a sigh of relief, and somewhere in Georgetown a candle was extinguished. Mrs.
Stay away,” I hissed at my darn cat. ” “I said, of course I’m at my shop. ” “Ah, yes, the angel,” Mama said, thankfully distracted. “It’s going to bring you good luck, Abby. ” “All the luck in the world won’t put this Humpty Dumpty together again,” I muttered, and then immediately felt guilty for being such an ungrateful and pessimistic daughter. Oh, what a difference a day makes. Friday morning I woke up just as broke as I’d been when I went to bed, but I was much richer in spirit. Not only did I feel determined to climb out of my financial hole, I felt strangely optimistic about my chances of doing so.
Her skin was paper thin, and where it wasn’t pulled tight and translucent against bones, it hung in neat folds, like Mama’s parlor drapes. What remained of her white hair was brushed in wisps toward the center of her head and tied with a black velvet ribbon that matched her black velvet dress. No doubt she had once been a very tall woman, because she was tall even now in her dotage, her posture ramrod 44 / Tamar Myers straight. Her eyes, however, were timeless. They reminded me of the parrot my Aunt Marilyn used to have—glittering buttons that hinted at intelligence, but when the head turned became flat and inscrutable.
Baroque and Desperate (A Den of Antiquity Mystery) by Tamar Myers