By Susan Kandel
A brand new suspense-themed housing tract at the fringe of the Mojave barren region is ready to open, and who higher to assist advertise the Cotswold-cozy improvement than secret biographer extraordinaire Cece Caruso? For the grand starting weekend, Cece is staging a play that includes the loved sleuth pass over Marple. after all, every little thing is going mistaken, together with a number one woman who finally ends up useless. All isn't good in Christietown; its secrets and techniques are as advanced because the fact at the back of Agatha Christie's real-life disappearance. The developer, an Englishman who claims to be Dame Agatha's descendent, has ruthless traders respiring down his neck. in the meantime, Cece's bought a marriage to plot, a child bathe to provide, and an ex-husband who exhibits up on her doorstep along with his fiancée and destiny spouse's mother. And while one other physique surfaces, the intrepid novice sleuth understands she needs to play the famed detective for real—or endure a similar mysterious destiny.
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Marlene was gasping for air. ” Lois made exasperated noises. “Omar Sharif, Omar Sharif ! ” Marlene had a faraway look in her eyes. “We met backstage at the Flamingo in Vegas. I was married at the time. ” The Omar Sharif look-alike was Dov Pick, known in the business section of the Los Angeles Times as the Icepick. I wasn’t surprised he was here today. He was one of the two principal investors in Christietown. Dov hopped around to the passenger side to open the door for a voluptuous brunette, in an oversize sweater and short shorts, who resembled Gina Lollabrigida.
One: the mailing. A thousand invites had gone out two weeks ago. Check! Two: the ads. They’d been placed in the Antelope Valley Gazette and the Antelope Valley News. Tour Christietown! Sample ye olde English fare! Free murder-and-mayhem coloring books for the small fry! Check! 1 the Edge was on board, I had no idea why. Check! Four: the food. When it came to food, you could always count on Lael. Check! Five: the play. I hadn’t known then I’d be down one soldier of fortune. Check! All good! Ready to go!
Unconvinced, Lou took a seat next to Wren, who was too busy chewing on her nails to offer much in the way of comfort. I handed her the dress she’d crumpled up and sent her to the dressing area, along with Lois and Marlene. “The freeway is a nightmare,” I added, mostly for my own benefit. ” She had to be. The play was supposed to start in fifteen minutes. ” We all turned around. There was Bridget in a long blond wig and some sort of sheer, gray-tinted garment that clung to her every curve like a second skin.