By Tamar Myers
Petite, indomitable North Carolinian Abigail Timberlake rose gloriously up from the ashes of divorce--parlaying her savvy approximately beautiful previous issues right into a thriving antiques firm: the Den of Antiquity. Now she's a strength to be reckoned with in Charlotte's close-knit international of experts, eccentrics and cuttthroat buyers. yet an exceptional, gilt-edged 18th-century French armoire she bought for a track at property public sale has simply arrived in addition to whatever she did not pay for: a lifeless body.
Suddenly her store is against the law scene--and closed to the general public throughout the busiest procuring season of the year--so Abigail is decided to hurry the lumbering police research alongside. yet beginner sleuthing is prime the feisty antiques professional right into a murderous mess of dysfunctional relations secrets and techniques. And the following cadaver came across crammed into fantastic outdated furnishings might finally end up being Abigail's own.
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It was the truth. “I could stay home, Mama. I don’t mind, really. It’s just that I’m taking French in school you know, and Miss Wells—” “You go ahead and go, honey. ” There was a distinct pause. ” Charlie had given me my Christmas present early. 7 D espite what my critics say (Buford in particular), I am not a haphazard nitwit who flops along through life without a plan. I do sometimes have a plan. My plan then was to systematically talk to every single one of the Barras clan and find out what they knew about my new furniture.
The only thing Purvis had going for him was his weight, and paunches are more likely to be lethal to their wearers than to others. “Nope,” Purvis said. ” “Nope. ” He opened a different drawer and took out a new bottle of Pernod. “You sure you don’t want a little sip? ” I asked. ” 32 / Tamar Myers It wasn’t even two o’clock. Purnell Purvis had a problem. He took a swig. ” “Nope. I studied in France for a year. The Sorbonne. The scholarship kids drank table wine. ” I felt my eyebrows rise of their own volition.
Sex—the tabloids dubbed him that—got off scot-free. Who do you think his defense attorney was? None other than Buford Timberlake. By the time I was done talking to Charlie it was too late to catch Dr. Bowman at his office, and since it was Tuesday, and not his golf day, I decided to chance it on catching him at home. I know, it is terribly rude to just drop in on folks as I’d been doing, but it is also terribly GILT BY ASSOCIATION / 59 rude to kill somebody and stash him in someone else’s armoire.