By Mary Daheim
While the garishly gruesome extended family of rich carpet-sweeper multi-millionaire Otto Broadie sweeps down upon Judith McMonigle's Hillside Manor hotel, it seems like there will be a wild evening of ingesting, eating, and fortune-telling within the offing. but if their soothsayer-for-hire Madame Gushenka drops useless after somebody douses her tea leaves with computer virus killer, harried hostess Judith and her irrepressible cousin Renie are left to scrub up the mess. one of many Brodie bunch might dearly like to sweep the Madame's homicide lower than the rug, although, and that will suggest doing away with the nosy Ms. McMonigle to boot. yet with the aid of her one-time beau, policeman Joe Flynn, Judith is decided to rattle the dirt off a few closeted relatives skeletons, to be able to coax a killer out of hiding ahead of espresso is served.
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I can’t see, but at least I’m not in pain. ” Renie started to demur, but juggling four cups was admittedly beyond her. At the cupboard, Judith was getting out liqueur glasses for after-dinner drinks. “Smoke ’em if you got ’em,” she announced to the dining room, having at the start given up trying to ban tobacco at the B&B. If she couldn’t get her own mother to quit, she certainly wasn’t going to try to reform her guests. Otto, who was now back in place, responded by lighting a long, dark cigar, while Dash extracted a gold cigarette case from his suit jacket and Mavis produced a package of unfiltered Camels.
No doubt he and Gwen had decided to defy the rain and catch a breath of fresh air. Judith was about to tiptoe over to the coffee table and retrieve the cups and saucers when it occurred to her that the woman was much too small to be Guinevere Brodie Tweeks. Pausing in mid-step, Judith squinted at the small square panes of glass. 56 / Mary Daheim The woman in Dash Subarosa’s arms was Ellie Carver, and as far as Judith could tell, Mrs. Do-Good was doing a lot better than might have been expected.
I’m a surgeon, not a medical examiner. ” Judith, who barely noted the battling Brodies, had also become quite shaky and needed to lean against the little table for support. Her whole world, built with such hard work and cold cash, seemed to be crumbling. ” “Sleep like the dead here. ” Renie sidled up to Judith, who knew her cousin could read her mind exactly: “Look at it as positive publicity,” counseled Renie. “People are morbid. ” “Bunk,” muttered Judith, trying to rally. ” Renie’s further attempts to soothe her cousin were thwarted by the arrival of four uniformed policemen.
Just Desserts by Mary Daheim