friend Neely Kate struggle with depression. So when Rose stumbles onto a piece
of evidence indicating her birth mother might have been involved in a crime,
she does the one thing guaranteed to cheer Neely Kate. She convinces her friend
to help her solve a mystery. Though their penchant for investigating has gotten
them into plenty of pickles in the past, what can go wrong if they’re looking
into a case that went cold a quarter of a century ago? But the deeper they dig,
the more dirt they unearth.
reprise her role as the Lady in Black as part of her ongoing agreement with the
king of the Fenton County underworld. In so doing, she discovers a mysterious
enemy is intent on attacking her friends, and her assistant DA boyfriend might
be next on the list.
face the possibility that certain secrets were meant to remain buried and not
even her special talent can get her out of every predicament.
me. The octogenarian looked the same as ever—cranky—only there were some
new faint blue streaks in her white hair.
everything you hear.” I pulled a bag of pasta out of the cart. “I like what
you’ve done with your hair.”
of your business.”
business, but I have nothin’ to hide. So if you’re asking if Mason and I are
still living together, the answer is yes.” I set a container of strawberries on
the conveyor belt. “What have you been up to, Miss Mildred? Have you stalked
any other neighbors lately?”
and mayhem are at an all-time low.”
stripper club. God rest your poor momma’s soul.”
louder than I’d intended. She didn’t need to know Neely Kate had taken a
disastrous turn on the stripper pole.
about to head down another aisle. Her mouth dropped open and she gave me the
stink eye as she shoved her poor preschool-aged boy on the other side of her,
away from me, as though my presence might somehow infect him. Only she pushed
him a little too hard and he crashed into a cereal box display on the endcap.
An avalanche of boxes came crashing down on him and his mother.
loudspeaker could hope to be. Every person in the front of the store turned
their attention to her.
was sacking my groceries—stared, taking everything in.
are a menace to society. I’m gonna start a petition to have you kicked out of
out on her rear. But my excitement over possibly evicting her was short-lived.
I quickly remembered Joe saying if he had the authority to force her out of
town, he would have done it by now. “Well, I guess that’ll give you some
excitement to take your mind off how boring the neighborhood’s become without
of boxes while her little girl started sobbing. “I lost my brother!”
glances my way that clearly said he was trying his best to figure out how to
blame me for the latest mishap.
thirty-six dollars and fifty-nine cents.” Her tone let me know she was just as
eager to be done with me as her boss was.
careful with your eggs.”
my wallet. The girl was crying louder and her brother had joined in the chorus,
although not because he was hurt—he was upset his mother had dug him out of his
new fort. The afternoon had gone from bad to worse and I just wanted to go
home. When I realized I didn’t have enough cash, I handed the cashier Mason’s
wondering why I hadn’t just slid the card through the card reader. “It’s okay.
It’s my boyfriend’s.”
mother to hear her.
“We got a case of identity theft at register four.”
If you’ll just call Mason, he’ll tell you it’s okay.”
you were little. It was only a matter of time before you were put away in
permanent lines in her face. “You can tell it to the Henryetta Police.”
Denise Grover Swank was born in
until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities,
four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back
to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese which
she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period. Her hobbies include
witty Facebook comments (in own her mind) and dancing in her kitchen with
her children. (Quite badly if you believe her offspring.) Hidden talents
include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of
caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of
smell allows her to
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