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By Michaela Thompson

“My new curiosity is burglary.When a few girls get divorced they return to college, i assumed. a few do volunteer paintings on the health center, or ... have affairs with irrelevant men."

(That's early within the ebook. in a while, she works the fellow in too.)

"Wickedly delicious... What makes (Thompson's) booklet so fairly very good is how it accomplishes the detective novel's covert challenge of city research and social criticism." -San Francisco Examiner

"(Thompson) is familiar with how one can create that experience of position that's so vital to any novel, yet rather to crime fiction; her characters are plausible males and women in a true world..." --P.D. James

First comes divorce, then comes murder…

…or no less than candy suggestions of homicide. Maggie Longstreet has lots of them after slimy, bold Richard trades her in for a more moderen version. She’s so depressed she will slightly get up and doing while Larry Hawkins, a probably not-at-all depressed acquaintance, commits suicide abruptly. unexpectedly Maggie is going on excessive alert, remembering anything her evil ex stated approximately Larry—something hugely suspicious.

And from there, it truly is only a brief segué to a bracing new development:

“When a few ladies get divorced they return to college, i assumed. a few do volunteer paintings on the medical institution, or subscribe to communes and learn how to beginning calves. a few have affairs with beside the point males. My new curiosity is housebreaking. Maggie Longstreet, former spouse and mom, previous president of the Museum Guild, now beginning a occupation as a second-story woman.”

Fortunately, Maggie isn’t by myself in her adventure—a very appealing, a lot more youthful guy proves much more enjoyable than Richard ever used to be. actually, the genuine satisfaction of this witty, sly secret is seeing Maggie come alive back after a suffocating marriage. Set in the’70s, it has a little that Mad males suppose of ladies on the point of anything substantial. And thoroughly unforeseen.

You comprehend Maggie’s going to be ok while she says: “I’d really have had a kind of lovable little weapons with a mother-of-pearl deal with, yet this (diamond pin) must do. I hid it in my hand. at the very least now i used to be armed—or pinned.”

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The 1st shot didn’t faze me. If I had time to imagine in any respect, i could have inspiration it used to be a vehicle backfiring. It was once the second one, which knocked bark off a Douglas fir now not a long way in any respect from the place I stood, that enlightened me approximately what was once taking place. Instinctively, I became to run. because the 3rd shot sounded, I tripped over a root and fell full-length within the grass. i used to be dazed, winded, and never in any respect convinced I wasn’t wounded in addition. All I knew used to be that if Jane Malone herself have been charging me with a red-hot revolver I couldn’t movement, less wake up and run. I struggled for breath, blades of grass tickling my nostrils and ears, and in a couple of moments I heard operating ft and Andrew’s voice calling, “Maggie! ” He was once bending over me, gibbering anything approximately oh my God, the place are you shot, and that i controlled to gasp, “Not shot. ” He blotted his eyes on his sleeve and stated, “It got here from over there. I’ll move see,” and that i didn’t have the wind to inform him to not be an fool. looking forward to each minute to listen to extra photographs by means of his loss of life groans, I struggled up on one elbow. in truth, I heard not anything and soon he back to kneel beside me back. “Nobody there, yet i discovered this beside a bush,” he acknowledged. the item in his palm regarded, within the fading mild, like a section of wadded fabric or paper. I touched it. “What is it? ” “A glove, i believe. Let’s cross in. ” i may stand now, and he helped me totter to the door. the home had an air of overlook, as though it had stood empty much longer than twenty-four hours. I lay at the couch, and he grew to become on an end-table lamp and positioned his locate within the pool of sunshine. It was once a glove, crumpled right into a ball, as though it have been wadded and carelessly thrust into the ground of a pocket. Too undesirable, simply because reliable pigskin riding gloves have been pricey. Richard had a couple like that. Candace gave them to him Christmas ahead of final, correct after he received the Porsche. Pigskin using gloves, holes over the knuckles, and within at the hem the initials RL stamped in gold. certain. there have been the initials. “That’s odd,” I acknowledged. “What’s extraordinary? ” Andrew sounded hoarse. “This glove appears like Richard’s. It even has his initials in it. See? ” “Maybe that’s simply because it’s Richard’s glove,” he stated. “It couldn’t be. Richard loved his gloves. He took beautiful care of them. Candace gave them to him. He might never…” i spotted how ridiculous i have to sound. “Maggie, Richard attempted to kill you. ” Andrew’s face had a unusual, zealous depth. “It wasn’t Richard. It used to be Nick Fulton. ” I gave him a short rundown of my adventures with Fulton and Jane Malone. while i ended, he acknowledged, “Still. Why might Nick Fulton have Richard’s glove? Richard shot at you. Face it. ” used to be I easily being perverse? “It’s thoroughly in contrast to him to wad up his glove like that. ” After a second or , Andrew stood up. “I’ll guess you'll use a drink. ” “Not to say a bathtub. ” He poured brandy and passed it to me, and that i acknowledged, “What have been you doing? the place have been you whilst I came? ” He poured himself a drink and sat down. “We had very good pleasure over the Corelli tale, you recognize?

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