By Mary Daheim

Van Gogh-ing...going...gone!Poor Judith McMonigle Flynn! All she wishes is a much-needed holiday from the trials of operating Hillside Manor. yet she and cousin Renie have slightly set foot of their family's backwoods holiday cottage...and already they're having a broom with the neighborhood legislations. apparently a person has painted their neighbor, world-renowned artist Riley Tobias, completely out of the image. And the crafty slayer has controlled to border luckless Judith for the crime! however the version beginner sleuth is not approximately to sit down nonetheless for this , as she and her cuz canvas the geographical region looking for a killer. Judith is sure the offender are available within the rogues' gallery of oily brokers, malicious mistresses, and artful critics who inhabited the defunct da Vinci's surrealistic global. however the cousins will be portray themselves right into a harmful nook with this unofficial investigation...and surroundings themselves up for an additional deadly paintings attack.Poor Judith McMonigle Flynn! All she desires is a much-needed holiday from the pains of working Hillside Manor. yet she and cousin Renie have slightly set foot of their family's backwoods holiday cottage...and already they're having a broom with the neighborhood legislations. it sounds as if an individual has painted their neighbor, world-renowned artist Riley Tobias, completely out of the image. And the crafty slayer has controlled to border luckless Judith for the crime! however the version novice sleuth isn't really approximately to sit down nonetheless for this, as she and her cuz canvas the nation-state looking for a killer. Judith is sure the offender are available within the rogues' gallery of oily brokers, malicious mistresses, and artful critics who inhabited the defunct da Vinci's surrealistic international. however the cousins can be portray themselves right into a harmful nook with this unofficial investigation...and surroundings themselves up for one more deadly paintings attack.Poor Judith McMonigle Flynn! All she desires is a much-needed holiday from the pains of operating Hillside Manor. yet she and cousin Renie have slightly set foot of their family's backwoods holiday cottage...and already they are having a broom with the neighborhood legislations. it sounds as if a person has painted their neighbor, world-renowned artist Riley Tobias, completely out of the image. And the crafty slayer has controlled to border luckless Judith for the crime! however the version beginner sleuth isn't really approximately to sit down nonetheless for this, as she and her cuz canvas the nation-state looking for a killer. Judith is sure the wrongdoer are available within the rogues' gallery of oily brokers, malicious mistresses, and artful critics who inhabited the defunct da Vinci's surrealistic international. however the cousins should be portray themselves right into a risky nook with this unofficial investigation...and environment themselves up for an additional deadly paintings assault.

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It’s not a joke, you fool. Riley’s dead. Someone killed him. ” Dewitt shed a fraction of his seemingly imperturbable air. “Killed him? Good Lord! ” A FIT OF TEMPERA / 33 Sitting up straight, Iris reached for her purse and pulled out a gold-leaf cigarette case. Still silent, she extracted a black cigarette tipped in gold and lighted it with what Judith had thought was an eagle sculpture. The sharp beak spewed flame. Exhaling, Iris stood up and walked out, presumably headed for the house’s only bedroom off the narrow hall.

She turned a drawn, horrified face to the cousins. “But that is crazy,” she said in a not-quite-normal tone. “It has to be. ” It was always murder. Or so it seemed to Judith. It was a violent world, it always had been, yet unnatural death seemed to dog Judith’s footsteps. The B&B brought her into close contact with hundreds of strangers every year, most of them decent, kind, gentle people. But occasionally there was the volatile guest capable of smashing up the furniture, jumping out of a window, or committing murder.

In the kitchen, a bracketed brass lamp fixture glowed on the wall. Darkness was settling in over the cabin, and the only sounds were the rippling river, the crackling fire, and the tremor of the leaves in the gentle spring breeze. It would have been a perfect setting for repose—had a dead body not been lying two hundred feet away. As if to remind the cousins that the world was seriously flawed, sirens wailed out on the highway. Judith and Renie looked at each other. ” Judith turned but didn’t get up from her place on the sagging sofa.

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