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By Laura Childs

In the most recent novel from the New York Times bestselling writer of Scones & Bones, Indigo Tea store proprietor Theodosia Browning reveals herself in sizzling water whilst a physique surfaces on the grand commencing of Charleston’s Neptune Aquarium…

The establishing of the aquarium is an immense Charleston occasion, and Theodosia has been employed to cater the non-public occasion to honor dignitaries and big-buck donors. issues are going swimmingly—until Theodosia discovers a physique entangled in a internet, drowned in a single of the aquarium’s cutting-edge tanks.

To make issues worse, the sufferer is Theodosia’s former boyfriend, Parker Scully. The EMTs imagine Parker’s drowning was once an coincidence, but if Theodosia notices what appear like protection wounds on his palms, she realizes that somebody sought after Parker lifeless. The police aren’t a fan of her conception, so if she desires Parker’s killer dropped at justice, Theodosia should leap into the deep finish and begin her personal research…

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Still,” stated René, “Beaudry’s a sleazy man. ” Theodosia gazed at a red-and-yellow poster tacked to the wall, wondering Joe Beaudry, feeling a definite fuzziness. As her brain rambled, she famous that the typeface at the poster acknowledged FUND-RAISER in bouncy black letters. Then Theodosia’s brain appeared to snap again into concentration and he or she stated, “Perhaps I may still pay Beaudry a trip. ” a short Google seek published that Joe Beaudry’s workplace was once positioned over on Columbus highway. Theodosia concept for a minute, checked her watch, and determined she had time. in spite of everything, at once used to be regularly larger than later. should you simply confirmed as much as ask questions, it gave humans little time to arrange. a few ten mins later, Theodosia was once status outdoor a tall, stylish purple brick construction with slim white shutters and a white door flanked via glossy brass sconces. yet that was once the place any classification or splendor ended. inside of used to be a small ready room, jam-packed with a half-dozen tired-looking humans sitting on ragtag items of furnishings, and a reception table staffed by means of a tired-looking receptionist. “Just signal in,” the receptionist instructed Theodosia with out bothering to appear up. “I don’t have an appointment,” Theodosia advised her. “I’m the following on own enterprise. ” The receptionist seemed up. Theodosia provided a wistful smile. “I’m afraid it matters Parker Scully. ” The receptionist, a fifty-something lady with frizzy crimson hair, wire-rimmed glasses, and a truly type face, stated, “Wasn’t that lousy? i used to be simply interpreting approximately it within the newspaper. ” Sensing a kindred spirit, Theodosia acknowledged, “I used to be there on the Neptune Aquarium final evening. I can’t let you know how undesirable it was once. ” “And he was once this type of great guy, too,” the receptionist acknowledged in hushed tones. Theodosia glanced around the receptionist’s table and observed a wood signal that spelled out BETTY. “Betty,” she stated, “I simply desire a minute with Joe. ” Betty thought of her request for a second, then held up a finger and acknowledged, “Give me a sec. ” She stood up, smoothed her tight black skirt, and disappeared right into a within sight workplace with a graceful of taffeta. Thirty seconds later, Betty was once again at her put up. “You can pass in, yet Mr. Beaudry says he’s simply received mins. I’m afraid he has a really complete afternoon. ” “Understood,” stated Theodosia. “And thanks. ” Joe Beaudry didn’t hassle to face up whilst Theodosia entered his place of work. as an alternative, he appeared up, creaked again in his chair, and acknowledged, “So you have been there, huh? ” He was once a slat-thin guy with a protracted, skinny face and piercing darkish eyes. He had a surprise of unruly salt-and-pepper hair even if he seemed to be in his midforties. “That’s right,” stated Theodosia. She crossed his workplace rapidly and seated herself in a single of the black leather-based membership chairs that confronted his table. “And it wasn’t a gorgeous sight. ” Beaudry studied her for a couple of moments, then stated, “Seeing as how it’s no longer inside my strength to carry him again, how is it i will be able to assist you? ” “You can solution a couple of questions,” stated Theodosia. Beaudry provided a skinny smile. “A girl with questions. what sort of questions?

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