By Nancy Atherton

While Lori Shepherd's husband, invoice, is summoned to a will analyzing on the Earl of Harrisford's resplendent Palladian domestic, Lori herself thinks she is simply alongside for the journey. yet this accumulating of the total Harrisford extended family, them all laid low with the earl's new will, devolves right into a harmful relations dispute.

Burning topiaries, threatening notes, suspicious maids, and family members intrigue lead Lori to hunt her phantom aunt's assist in making a choice on the perpetrator sooner than she or he can torch the entire condo and its visitors inside of. Atherton's signature whimsy and wonderfully unique twists make for yet another scrumptious event with comfortable secret enthusiasts' favourite supernatural sleuth.

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As I slipped the dress over my head and settled it into place, my own jaw dropped a little. The black dress clung to me like a second skin. It left my shoulders bare and had a slit that reached from my ankle to halfway up my thigh. In the day-to-day routine of motherhood, I'd almost for gotten that I had such a womanly figure. I found myself half hoping that Bill had forgotten, too. I replaced the heart-shaped locket I usually wore around my neck with a simple floating diamond on a sil ver chain, then looked for the strappy black sandals I'd planned to wear with my killer dress.

The earl dis missed the conflagration with a wave of his hand. "I ex pect we'll discover that one of the gardeners left a tin of paraffin too close to a brush pile. " I sniffed the air and detected the acrid scent of kero sene. " I asked, wondering why no one else was outside watching the fire. "You're the last," the earl informed me. " He favored me with a warm smile. "I've put you next door to my daughter-in law. " He raised his hand, and an elderly man in a dark suit Aunt Dimity Takes a Holiday 29 emerged from the porticoed entryway.

He kissed my hand before releasing it. "I'm delighted to meet you at last and hope one day to meet your splendid sons. " 28 Nancy Atherton It was a bizarre conversation to be having while fire men were unspooling hose and hacking at shrubbery not fifty yards away, but Dimity had advised me to follow the earl's lead, so I went with the flow. " I looked up at him uncertainly. " "It might be best to save them for a less hectic mo ment," he said gently, then turned to Bill. " Bill pursed his lips.

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