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.
Georgia magistrate MacLaren Yarbrough is bound for Scotland to explore her genealogical roots along with her friend Laura, not to mention a tour group full of unusual travel mates. But when two empty coffins mysteriously appear in the church in the small town where the group is staying-though none of the locals have died-things take a turn for the macabre. And when the bodies of two Americans are discovered occupying the coffins, MacLaren finds herself back on the job. Can she tie it all together, before she winds up in a coffin of her own?
Georgia magistrate MacLaren Yarbrough is bound for Scotland to explore her genealogical roots along with her friend Laura, not to mention a tour group full of unusual travel mates. But when two empty coffins mysteriously appear in the church in the small town where the group is staying-though none of the locals have died-things take a turn for the macabre. And when the bodies of two Americans are discovered occupying the coffins, MacLaren finds herself back on the job. Can she tie it all together, before she winds up in a coffin of her own? .
A contemporary novel of sisterhood, the South, and matters of the heart. Teensie MacAllester's two elder sisters consider her an insignificant appendage to their illustrious family. For fifteen years they have been delighted to let her care for their ailing relatives. After all, Teensie is both a nurse and a Friday's child, naturally loving and giving. As Teensie deferred her life, a dream sustained her: autocratic King MacAllester promised her the bulk of his estate. But when King's will is read it divides his property equally among his daughters. Teensie's share is scarcely enough to make a new start. Her sisters have a solution: Teensie can continue to serve as the family care-giver. But Teensie is determined to claim a life of her own. Throwing off the yoke of family expectations, Teensie sets in motion some surprising changes. .
A Thoroughly Southern Mystery #9 MacLaren Yarbrough, county magistrate, business owner, wife, mother, and amateur sleuth is surprised when she finds an invitation to the elite Magnolia Ladies' Investment Club addressed to her. She is even more surprised when at her first meeting club president, Willena Kenan, is found brutally murdered on the bathroom floor during a coffee break. With everyone out of the room at the time, every club member is under suspicion, especially when police find a mysterious trench coat full of incriminating evidence. MacLaren will put her sleuthing to the test in this cozy southern mystery. "Patricia Sprinkle is a modern master of the classic cozy mystery." --Nancy Pickard "As Southern as Sunday fried chicken and sweet tea... Come for one visit and you'll always return." -Carolyn Hart "Sprinkle has a gift for developing a full, rich world." --Publisher's Weekly "Sprinkle entertains and enchants her readers. Her characters are so real you'll find yourself believing you grew up with them." --Christian Retailing "Sprinkle has a real eye for regional culture and traditions. . . . She tackles weighty subject matter with a steady hand and a reassuring touch."--Atlanta Journal Constitution "Sprinkle's characters are fantastic, her Southern settings shine, and her stories always mesmerize." --Roundtable Reviews
Georgia magistrate, mother, wife, and sometime sleuth MacLaren Yarbrough has been invited to join the Magnolia Ladies' Investment Club and is plumb confused-she's definitely no heiress. But she tables that thought when, at her first meeting, she finds out-going club president Willena Kenan dead on the bathroom floor with a corkscrew protruding from her neck. Since it happened during a coffee break, when everyone left the room separately, no club member is above suspicion. But when the police find a trench coat with incriminating evidence, things get sticky.
From a veteran writer new to the Accent list, a novel about four women who find strength and insight in each other. Mamie is facing an overwhelming secret. Margaret has lost her home. Billie can no longer care alone for her disabled daughter. And Maria is living with an untenable choice. When these four women come together to live on a drought-stricken Georgia farm, they must open their hearts, and share their burdens, before they can find the bounty that lies hidden in tough times, and once again see the glorious pattern of meaning in their lives. .
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.
Family Tree Mysteries #2 "Old family histories and...secrets, combined with smooth, suspenseful writing, make this a new series a reading pleasure!" -Margaret Maron Katharine Murray is a typical Atlanta housewife, but she's far from ordinary. She's found a fascinating distraction from her empty nest in researching family history and genealogy. And it seems that she can put her genealogy-sleuth skills to work, helping her friend Dr. Flo Gadney, a retired professor, track down her own family tree. Their search takes them to an old graveyard on an island off the coast of Georgia--just as greedy local patriarch Burch Bayard is about to start building sparkly new McMansions all over the island--including the gravesite--a property scheme that would literally bury any local history. But as they hunt for clues to Flo's past, the two friends soon realize that the islanders are trying to keep Flo's connection to Bayard Island dead and buried along with her ancestors! The mysterious murder of a combative local confirms their suspicions, forcing the women to embark on a dangerous chase to unravel the truth. Together, Katherine and Flo will dig up more than Georgia dirt, unearthing secrets to the island's history that could make the whole town crumble.
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.
Visionary in scope,Intellectual Capitalis the first book that shows how to turn the untapped knowledge of an organization into its greatest competitive weapon. Thomas A. Stewart demonstrates how knowledge--not natural resources, machinery, or financial capital--has become the most important factor in economic life. Through practical advice, stories, and case histories, Stewart reveals how organizations and individuals can create and use the knowledge assets they need. Dazzling in its ability to make conceptual sense of the economic revolution we are living through, this ingenious book cuts through the vague rhetoric of &"paradigm shifts&" to show how the Information Age economy really works. Intellectual Capitalshould be read as if the futures of your company and your career depend on it. They do. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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.
A Thoroughly Southern Mystery #6 Strike one is waking up to find a buffalo munching on her rose bushes. Strike two is walking outside to confront the beast, only to find out that it is owned is a past lover, Burlin Bullock, a man she never thought she'd see again. Strike three is the dead body that turns up shortly thereafter... When MacLaren's old college boyfriend comes to town on the heels of his son's political campaign, Mac is ready to scram out of Hopemore faster than the family's gubernatorial buffalo mascot. But when a homeless Bullock campaign supporter winds up dead in this small southern town, MacLaren and her ex-boyfriend are suddenly thrust onto center stage together, and for all the wrong reasons. With the campaign trail gaining heat and Burlin Bullock's presence kicking up long-settled memories from her past, Mac must solve her way out of a scandal that threatens not only her marriage, but also her life... "Patricia Sprinkle takes the reader on a trip to the 'real' South, the South of family traditions, community customs, church-going, and craft, down-home politics. Reading it is like spending an afternoon in the porch swing on Aunt Dixie's veranda. Fun and family values triumph in a delightful book." - JoAnna Carl, author of The Chocolate Frog Frame-Up "Sprinkle has a gift for developing a full, rich world." --Publisher's Weekly "Sprinkle entertains and enchants her readers. Her characters are so real you'll find yourself believing you grew up with them." --Christian Retailing "Sprinkle has a real eye for regional culture and traditions. . . . She tackles weighty subject matter with a steady hand and a reassuring touch."--Atlanta Journal Constitution
When the body of a local vagrant is found dead and all signs point to MacLaren Yarbrough's old college boyfriend, Mac is caught in a murder investigation that puts her right in the spotlight.
A Thoroughly Southern Mystery #3 Sixty-something-year-old MacLaren Yarbrough has celebrated enough birthdays in her lifetime to think she's seen it all. But this year, at a birthday gala hosted in honor of her husband Joe Riddley, a mysterious murder is about to shake up the party. With a man lying dead in her house with a bullet in his head, MacLaren must track down the killer and clear her family name before the authorities wrap up their own investigation--all the while managing Yarbrough's Feed, Seed, and Nursery, tackling her newfound duties as the town magistrate, and caring for a spouse suffering from severe brain trauma. In a race against the clock, MacLaren must use her sweet-talk sleuthing to unravel the secrets of Hopemore, Georgia, because in a town with no strangers, a homicide is the strangest it gets. "Sprinkle has a gift for developing a full, rich world." --Publisher's Weekly "Sprinkle entertains and enchants her readers. Her characters are so real you'll find yourself believing you grew up with them." --Christian Retailing "Sprinkle has a real eye for regional culture and traditions. . . . She tackles weighty subject matter with a steady hand and a reassuring touch."--Atlanta Journal Constitution "Sprinkle's characters are fantastic, her Southern settings shine, and her stories always mesmerize." --Roundtable Reviews
Judge MacLaren Yarbrough is the new magistrate of Hope County, Georgia, appointed to replace her husband, Joe Riddley, after he receives an injury. But when a local man is found murdered at Joe's birthday gala, MacLaren almost ends up on the wrong side of the law. And when she finds clues that hit too close to home, this savvy Southerner becomes determined to uncover the roots of the crime, and clear her family's name. MacLaren tries to sweet talk clues out of affluent matriarchs, shady drifters, and even a disgruntled parrot. But all her efforts simply raise more questions: How many secrets can one small town hold? Which party guest had the strongest motive? And . . . who invited the Dead Man?
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