By Parnell Hall
Sherry is off on her honeymoon while leader Harper involves Cora Felton, asking her to resolve a crossword puzzle came across at the physique of outdated guy Overmeyer. Small challenge. Cora is the Milli Vanilli of cruciverbalists. Her niece, Sherry, writes the crossword puzzle column for her. Cora pokes into Overmeyer’s demise, hoping to end up he died of typical motives. She learns the cranky hermit was once the only surviving member of a forty-year-old inventory pooling contract, and ahead of she will say “capital gain,” town is filled with heirs. Complicating issues is Sherry’s ex-husband, Dennis, who's taking part in detective within the hopes of impressing his ex-wife. With Sherry out of city, her restraining order opposed to him is moot, and he's taking complete benefit of the actual fact. Parnell corridor can provide one other stellar, puzzle-packed access during this interesting sequence.
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Uh-oh. Yes,” Cora said. ” “So, instead, you passed the puzzle on to me. ” Oh, hell. Of all the people in the world Cora didn’t want to learn her secret, Harvey Beerbaum was near the top of the list. Fussy, pedantic, gossipy, and a stickler for the rules, Harvey wouldn’t hesitate to blow her cover. Only the threat of being sued for slander might stop him. That or blackmail. Did the man have secret vices? A collection of erotic pottery, perchance? If so, could Cora uncover it in time to do her any good?
It’s not evidence. There isn’t a crime scene. There’s no crime. ” “That’s the problem, Chief. ” “I’m not asking you to blurb it. ” “In the loosest sense,” Cora said truthfully. She hated to lie. If necessary, she did so with a straight face, but she much preferred to concoct an absolute truth that totally misled the person asking. Calling herself a writer in the loosest sense of the word certainly filled the bill. The sense could not be looser. Harper was not easily deflected. “Be that as it may.
Sherry was having a honeymoon, and Cora was coping. That was how it should be, and that was how it was. Business as usual. Cora pulled into the driveway of the modest ranch house she shared with Sherry and Aaron. She went up the front path, opened the door.