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By Kathleen Ernst

As collections curator for outdated global Wisconsin, Chloe Ellefson delights in wasting herself in antiques and folks traditions--and forgetting her messy love lifestyles. yet her peace is destroyed whilst her ex-boyfriend without notice turns up, through a break-in at her buddy Dellyn's ancient house--a power treasure trove of necessary antiques. was once the intruder attempting to find the lacking Eagle Diamond, a mythical gemstone unearthed in 1876?

whilst a grisly homicide occurs at the museum grounds, Chloe is additional drawn right into a secret concerning an extraordinary number of Swiss cheese, an almost extinct heirloom flower . . . and undeniable, out of date murderous greed.

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But could you maybe sound Dellyn out about Bonnie? I mean, they must have spent a little time together, right? They had to handle things after their parents died. ” Chloe’s mouth twisted with distaste. ” Women always did that after someone had a loss. They took over casseroles and stuff like that. Roelke’s grandma had always kept something ready in the freezer. “Well, sure,” Chloe said warily. ” “So, just let me know if she says anything about Bonnie. Her state of mind. ” Roelke stood, feeling clumsy.

Not an order. Chief Naborski dropped into his chair. He refused to purchase anything that swiveled or rolled; he liked chairs he could tip back on two legs, which he did now. “Fill me in on the suicide. ” Roelke settled in a chair in front of the desk. “Not yet. He was playing golf in Lake Geneva with a client. ” He resisted the urge to roll his eyes. The idea that playing golf on a summer morning qualified as work was beyond his experience. “It took awhile for the local guys to track him down.

She was shorter than Chloe, and younger too—late twenties, probably, to Chloe’s thirty-two. She wore paint-spotted jeans and a faded T-shirt that might once have been blue. Her hair was pulled into a simple ponytail. She was lovely in a straightforward way; a woman who didn’t waste energy on what didn’t matter, like make-up. But her expression was strained. “In the interest of full disclosure,” Dellyn said finally, “I should tell you that you haven’t seen half of it. There’s twice this much stuff in the barn.

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