By Mary Daheim
With significant renovations occurring at Seattle?s favorite B\?9126B, Mary Daheim strikes Judith, Renie and the remainder of the unforgettable extended family to transitority accommodations at a on line casino inn. but if a magic convey ends up in homicide, Judith and Joe are at the task. secret maven Mary Daheim serves up homicide and mayhem during this story of a holiday long past awry on the Stillasnowamish inn on line casino. After being compelled out of the B\?9126B by way of post-fire renovations, Judith and Renie close up the family members and settle in for the length. as though bickering from the 2 moms wasn?t sufficient difficulty, the gang discovers Salome, the lodge magician?s attractive assistant they?d obvious practice in basic terms hours past, useless from a number of stab wounds. whereas Judith can?t support yet snoop round, her husband Joe is formally recruited to enquire by way of the on line casino supervisor. The chase is on as suspect after suspect emerges leaving Judith and Joe to respond to the the most important, but baffling question?o?s the genuine on line casino killer?
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Bill’s doing his neck exercises,” she added, referring to her husband’s chronic medical problem. “He stiffened up while he was studying baccarat. ” Ten minutes later, Judith was pacing the room. Five minutes after that, she was pacing the hall by the elevators. Maybe she should have Joe paged. The elevator doors opened to reveal a thirtyish dishwater blonde wearing horn-rimmed glasses. She glanced at Judith, then continued down the corridor in the opposite direction from the Flynns’ room. Judith kept pacing.
A moment later, her plate disappeared. A moment after that, the cabaret went dark and the music became louder. Then, with a crash of cymbals, a tiny blue spotlight appeared on the dark-blue velvet stage curtains. “I can’t see my dessert,” Renie complained. “Are there any nuts? I’m allergic to nuts. ” 46 Mary Daheim “Arrr . ” Renie began, but shut up. The spotlight kept enlarging until it was big enough for a person to stand in its center. Then the light blinked for a single second. When it came back on, the Great Mandolini was in front of the spot, sitting in an armchair, reading a book and drinking a glass of water.
Earlier, Renie had been in the Summer section. Or was it Spring? Judith couldn’t remember. She wandered through the maze of machines, trying to find either her cousin or a familiar sight she could recognize from her afternoon forays. At last, she spotted the red Corvette on the platform. As luck would have it, Renie was close by, at another bank of quarter machines. “These are good,” Renie said. “The chairs are comfortable, even if we’re not at a console. Try the one next to me. ” Judith exclaimed.