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Katharine Murray's elegant Atlanta home has been viciously vandalized! She's prepared to devote all her time to getting it back in tip-top shape-until she meets Bara Weidenauer. Once a picture-perfect socialite, Bara has fallen on some hard times. Her husband, Foley, has hightailed it out of their marriage, and she's convinced he'll try to take her for every penny she's got. While scouring her house for anything of value to hide from her greedy ex, Bara finds a box of military medals that once belonged to her father, a beloved war hero. Eager to know the story behind these precious trinkets, she enlists Katharine's help. But as Katharine digs deeper into Weidenauer family history, she discovers that everything Bara believed about her father may have been a lie. And when Foley is found shot to death, Bara's world turns to complete chaos. It's up to Katharine to expose this family's secrets from the past and the present . . . or the future will be very grim indeed.
In this seventh and final mystery, Sheila and Crispin drive to Jacksonville to meet his relatives and friends and attend the Gator Bowl. The pleasant vacation is soon disrupted by several deaths in quick succession. Crispin's friends are dying, and other friends are suspects. Drugs, alcoholism, blackmail, and pornography play their parts as Sheila once more must try to solve the murders, this time with no help from Aunt Mary. On a personal note, Sheila suspects that Crispin's feelings for her are not as strong as his love for a woman from his past.
From the Book" "Did you finish your hedge?" Sheila asked Yvonne's yard man. He grinned. "You know how it is with hedges," he said laconically. "It will still be there when I get back." "I don't even know that you are a gardener." "Let me do your yard. You'll see." "I live in an apartment with one small bonsai tree. Anything else I try to grow dies a pitiful death. Sorry." His expression was hidden by his sunglasses. "A green thumb can be cultivated." "I've been too busy cultivating a suspicious mind. How long have you worked for Walter?" He shook his head. "It was Mrs. D. I worked for. Never saw him until yesterday. Used to see the little boy sometimes." He raised his sunglasses and looked at her intently. "He's safe?" His eyes were very blue, and compelled her to nod. "That's good." He replaced the glasses. "That's real good. Now, you run along home and don't come back." "Is that a warning or a threat?" "Whichever you prefer." Without a word of farewell, he set off up the street. She watched him go, puzzled and more than a bit annoyed. A strange gardener, gave orders but no name, carried no tools and had no truck. And how had he managed to so imprint their conversation on her brain that she could replay it word for word?
With grown-up kids and a husband always on the road, Katharine Murray's nest would be empty if it weren't for her Aunt Lucy--until the elderly woman dies. Now Katharine's saddled with her Aunt's worldly belongings--mostly knickknacks destined for the dumpster. But there's a priceless Celtic necklace among the dross--and a diary written in German, neither of which Katharine's ever seen before. Determined to find out where these objects came from, Katharine unwittingly discovers a branch of her family tree she never knew existed--namely Aunt Lucy's brother Carter, murdered more than fifty years ago after a mysterious trip to Austria. And when Lucy's artifacts are stolen, and the main suspect turns up dead, Katharine realizes she must solve a burglary and two unsolved homicides separated by a half-century . . . before more than her family secrets end up dead and buried.
Two coffins mysteriously appear in Auchnagar's church., but none of the locals have died . And when the bodies of two Americans are discovered in the coffins, MacLaren finds herself back on the job.
Newly widowed and back in America after living in Japan for many years, Sheila Travis finds employment as administrative assistant to the president at Markham, an institute that trains young men for diplomatic service. She is just getting to know some of the students and staff when, along with one student and the business manager, she discovers a decaying corpse in the library stacks. The young woman was Melanie Forbes, a beautiful model who dated at least two of the Markham men. Sheila's aunt Mary, with the personality of a former Southern belle and a shrewd mind, is visiting and lends her assistance as Sheila tries to sort out who might have killed the lovely but sharp-tongued Melanie. Naturally, the police are involved as well, especially detective Mike Flannagan. He doesn't approve of Sheila's trying to solve the murder, but he is charmed by Aunt Mary and attracted to Sheila. Another candidate for her affections is David MacClean, a visiting professor from Aberdeen, but David is one of the suspects. And when a second woman is murdered, a woman who might have shed light on Melanie's death, danger mounts for Sheila and everyone at Markham. This is a taut, fast-moving, and often amusing mystery, the first in the Sheila Travis series.
Sheila Travis has just settled in for two weeks' vacation in Atlanta when her aunt Mary presents her with an errand. Sheila is to travel to Charleston, South Carolina, where a friend of Mary's is worried about a string of accidents and one death that have occurred in the past two weeks. Reluctantly Sheila accepts the task and finds herself visiting the Wimberly family, learning about Charleston history and manners, and becoming involved in the complicated relationships among the relatives. Soon a young woman dies in what at first appears to be another accident, but it becomes apparent that a murderer is at work. The police even think it could be Sheila! Untangling the web of family secrets, love and hate in a city where everything moves in a leisurely fashion is Sheila's goal in this enjoyable mystery.
Sheila Travis is now living in Atlanta, working for a large company, Hosakawa, in international relations. While at a reception at a subsidiary, Encyclopedia Galaxia, she discovers that the head of the film division is an old acquaintance, Dean Anderson. He is also a famous TV newsman who is now putting together a new series for Galaxia. But soon Dean dies of a gunshot wound while sitting at his desk. At first the police believe it was suicide, but Sheila convinces them to look further. Among the suspects are a powerful mob boss, sent to prison on account of Dean; Dean's ex-wife and two adult children; and several members of Galaxia's staff, who have their own reasons for wanting him out of the way. One of these is a good friend of Sheila's from high school days. With her Aunt Mary's assistance, Sheila once again must use all her wits to solve this complicated case.
At an engagement party in 1944, one man killed another while protecting his sister's honor. A married man is attracted to another woman. Two gay lovers part. A bootlegger meets with his accomplice. Fifty years later, Sheila Travis tries to fathom these secrets when a stolen manuscript, thought to be a sequel to "Gone with the Wind," is instead a revelation of Buckhead's past. This time, Aunt Mary is not as helpful as usual, for reasons of her own. We also learn how Sheila's romance with Crispin Montgomery is progressing, and she reveals some painful truths about her marriage to Tyler Travis.
Always ready to help a friend, Katharine Murray has made her way to Bayard Island off the coast of Georgia with Dr. Flo Gadney, to attend to an unsavory errand. Burch Bayard, local patriarch and greedy landowner, has a nefarious plan to build McMansions up and down the island-and over graves that may belong to Dr. Flo's ancestors! The friends set to work to make sure that Dr. Flo's family tree has its roots in the old cemetery, a task made very difficult by the lack of Southern hospitality from the island's inhabitants. One old woman even tries to shoot them! But when that woman later turns up dead, Katharine and Flo realize there's more than bodies buried on that land. And if they keep unearthing the island's secrets, they might be digging their own graves.
Sheila returns home from a business trip, sick with a cold and longing for some quiet time at home. But her pretty neighbor, Sarah Sims Tait, tells her that a leak has ruined Sheila's kitchen. Sarah Sims invites Sheila to join her large family for dinner and spend the night. The Simses, Taits, and Shaws are hospitable, but it's clear they're involved in a huge fight over what to do with Grandma Sims's land. Should she hold onto it and farm it, or should she sell it to a developer who wants to build a mall? And if she dies first, who will inherit? It's not she, however, but Sarah Sims's greedy mother, Martha Sloan Tait, who is the first murder victim in this case that Sheila, once again assisted by her aunt Mary, must help to solve. The family loves and hates, brawls and protects, schemes for open and hidden reasons as Sheila sorts through the lies, truths, and motives. Another interested party is Andy Lee, the new neighbor whose leak ruined Sheila's kitchen. He's younger than she, but could he be romantically interested in Sheila, or is it Sarah Sims he favors? But Sarah is in love with another man who keeps blowing hot and cold. As usual, Sheila finds the answers in this colorful, fast-paced, entertaining story.
A teenage girl has been missing from her Montgomery, Alabama, home for six weeks. She may be a runaway, a crime victim, or both. What's amazing is other people's lack of concern. Just one person cares that she's gone: a spunky amateur sleuth on the sunset end of sixty. Armed with razor-sharp insight, a salty wit, and tenacious faith, MacLaren Yarbrough follows a trail of clues -- a wisp of a hint, a shadow of a lie -- in search of answers to questions that come hot and fast and that grow increasingly alarming. How did a fifteen-year-old girl come across a large sum of money? Why did she hide it instead of taking it with her? Where is she now? And who is willing to kill to keep MacLaren from probing too far? Masked by Dixie charm and the scent of honeysuckle, a deadly secret lies coiled . . . one that holds the ultimate answer to the question, When Did We Lose Harriet? When Did We Lose Harriet? is the first of the MacLaren Yarbrough Mysteries, featuring plucky, sixty-some heroine MacLaren Yarbrough.
Folks don't expect to find a buffalo grazing on the front lawn. But that's exactly what MacLaren discovered early one autumn morning. It belonged to the son of a man she never wanted to see again.
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