By Patricia Sprinkle
With grown-up youngsters and a husband consistently at the street, Katharine Murray's nest will be empty if it were not for her Aunt Lucy—until the aged lady dies. Now Katharine's saddled along with her Aunt's worldly belongings—mostly knickknacks destined for the dumpster. yet there is a beneficial Celtic necklace one of the dross—and a diary written in German, neither of which Katharine's ever visible ahead of. made up our minds to determine the place those gadgets got here from, Katharine unwittingly discovers a department of her genealogy she by no means knew existed—namely Aunt Lucy's brother Carter, murdered greater than fifty years in the past after a mysterious journey to Austria. And while Lucy's artifacts are stolen, and the most suspect turns up lifeless, Katharine realizes she needs to resolve a housebreaking and unsolved homicides separated through a half-century . . . prior to greater than her relations secrets and techniques prove useless and buried.
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16 Patricia Sprinkle remember a Carter connected with Aunt Lucy. Dutch had known Lucy since they were children. But before she could dial his number, the phone shrilled with another caller. The voice that flowed over the line this time was thick as honey and almost as sweet. “Oh, Katharine, I am so glad I caught you. I was afraid you’d already gone out to some old meeting, and I am at my wits’ end. ” Katharine didn’t know why she bothered to ask. Posey Buiton, Tom’s older sister, had been pouring her problems into Katharine’s telephone for twenty years, and they all began with the same word.
Buckhead, its most prestigious community, probably contains as many newcomers as longtime residents. However, Katharine had observed that women who moved to Buckhead, no matter where they were born, tended to quickly take on the persona of Southern aristocrat and to settle into a natural habitat of tennis matches, aerobics classes, elegant luncheons, gala balls, and the events and board meetings of civic and charitable organizations. Katharine had grown up in Miami, where her mother taught fifth grade in an inner city school and her daddy was a professor at the University of Miami School of Law, and her parents were strong believers in the biblical injunctions to do justice and care for widows, orphans, the outcast, and strangers.
It was metal, and felt like it had started as a long rod about as thick as her little finger and been bent into an almost circular shape, with knobs placed at regular intervals around three-quarters of its 28 Patricia Sprinkle perimeter. She pulled back the cloth and furrowed her brow. What could it be? It was the soft green of old bronze. The circle was not quite closed, but one end had been curved into a hook and the other looped into an eye to fasten it. The knobs were of the same metal, either shaped from the rod or shaped and attached to the rod when the materials were hot and pliable.
Death on the Family Tree (Family Tree Mysteries, No. 1) by Patricia Sprinkle