By Tamar Myers
Charleston antiques broker Abigail Timberlake Washburn is delighted via her fresh property public sale buy of a marvelous bejeweled birdcage from India, yet now not quite a bit by means of its occupant, a mouthy mynah named Monet. nonetheless, her buyers on the Den of Antiquity look charmed by means of the unbearable birdbrain, so Abby figures she's caught with him. that's, until eventually she unearths a crammed starling resting on his ordinary perch with a ransom be aware challenging a true Monet (the painted kind) in alternate for her purloined puppy. in view that she does not occur to have a precious masterpiece available -- and because a mynahless lifestyles is not all that distasteful a prospect -- Abby figures she'll allow the thief maintain the aggravating avian. but if her mama Mozella is kidnapped through the craven birdnapper, Abby needs to jump into the fray to rescue mater and mynah alike ... prior to the feathers quite begin to fly!
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22 MONET TALKS I sighed. ” “They’re a strange bunch, Abby. Just yesterday a group of Yankee tourists came into my shop. They were headed out toward Middleton Plantation but had gotten lost. Of course I gave them directions, but do you think they bought anything? ” “To be fair, Wynnell, you only sell furniture. And you don’t ship. ” “Just the same, never trust a Yankee, my daddy always said, and he was right. ” “You don’t need to be insulting,” she said, and hung up. I waited by the phone while I counted the seconds.
At any rate, the Rob-Bobs’ real names are Rob Goldburg and Bob Steuben, respectively. Rob is tall, handsome, and in his early ﬁfties. Bob is—well, he’s still in his thirties. Rob, who hails originally from Charlotte, is the epitome of a Southern gentleman. Bob is from Toledo, Ohio. Rob is the antiques expert in Charleston. Bob fancies himself a gourmand. 25 Ta m a r M y e r s After we’d ordered our drinks—sweet tea all around—Bob complained, as usual, that we weren’t eating lunch at their place.
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