By Jo Dereske

Eventually, building starts on a brand new library for Bellehaven, a present of Franklin Harrington, scion of outdated Bellehaven funds, and one of many in the neighborhood recognized Harrington triplets. but if a freak storm from snow hits, Bellehaven is delivered to its knees. no longer so omit Helma Zukas who's at her submit, dishing out library details, overseeing wayward staff, and soothing a busload of stranded gamblers. unexpectedly, an explosion rocks the snowy day, destroying the library web site, killing the benefactor and a penny–pinching urban finance czar. The snow melts yet now not hassle. Shockingly, Ms. Moon thrusts the hot library venture onto Helma. And Helma quickly discovers why, uncovering secrets and techniques and shady dealings from begin to end – secrets and techniques within the library, within the urban, and within the Harrington family members – secrets and techniques worthy killing for.

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The talk around them ceased. The voice came from beneath them, in the excavation. It was a quiet voice, filled with portent and sadness. Helma held her breath. At first she could see nothing, then the shroud of snow capriciously cleared and she spotted a fireman standing in the ruined excavation, holding up an object. It was a yellow hard hat. Helma could only read HARRI written across the brim, because the rest was obliterated by a dark substance. Chapter 5 Games of Chance Helma returned to the library an hour later.

We’ll never find out in this whiteout. ” Glory asked, moving closer to George, as if he could shield her from further explosions. 36 JO DERESKE George’s shoulders straightened and he leaned over Glory, his voice deepening protectively. ” “I’m going to find out what happened,” Helma told them. Sirens shrieked close by but she couldn’t tell from which direction they came. ” George asked. “Call your . ” He glanced from Glory to Helma and finished weakly, “. . ” “I have the proper clothing and equipment.

Helma finished for her. ” Ms. Moon picked up her baseball-sized crystal and absently rubbed it against her upper lip. “But . . the new library. ” “The explosion was actually beside the site,” Helma assured her. “If there’s any damage to the site itself, 52 JO DERESKE it can be reexcavated. ” “No, I mean because Franklin is gone. ” “Not really,” Helma reminded her. ” “Believe me, it was. Del’s a developer, you know. His son, too. They wanted to put condos there: the view. Franklin had the final say.

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