By Gillian Roberts
Barring the standard teenage pranks, all turns out peaceable at Philly Prep, the non-public college in Philadelphia the place Amanda Pepper teaches English. without doubt the cash that looks to be lacking from money amassed to assist sufferers of a catastrophic typhoon Down South will take place. most likely the rumor that a few of Amanda’s scholars have came upon the thrills of playing is completely unfounded.
In any case, Amanda has different issues to contemplate. Her husband, inner most investigator C. ok. MacKenzie, is suffering to assist his Louisiana family reconstruct their post-hurricane lives. Her good friend Sasha’s stepmother has simply devoted suicide–although, based on Sasha, Phoebe Ennis could by no means have killed herself, specifically now not whereas having a drink and donning a crimson silk shirt and pink sandals with four-inch heels.
Amanda isn’t persuaded yet reluctantly consents to assist examine the woman’s death, notwithstanding the proof for foul play is narrow. real, the middle-aged compulsive collector of knickknacks wasn’t universally enjoyed. Phoebe’s personal son hated her and he or she bored her pals to loss of life with tricks of her “royal” lineage. And with 4 marriages at the back of her, she was once already getting ready to announce her renewed availability on the internet. but if one other lady is located useless in Phoebe’s apartment, it turns into transparent that whatever is certainly murderously amiss, and lots more and plenty in the direction of domestic than Amanda or an individual else may have imagined.
All’s good That Ends is the ultimate novel in Gillian Roberts’s acclaimed Amanda Pepper sequence. It’s additionally the easiest, irresistibly clever, and richly interesting. Amanda’s farewell event brings the genius of “the Dorothy Parker of puzzle writers” (Nancy Pickard) into complete flower, and the bloom is nice and a ask yourself to behold.
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In the dead of winter, the concept of an aisle is lost. Parka-arms and fleece-jacket edges, plus the usual books, backpacks, purses, and lunch bags have a way of creeping out in search of one another. The sad truth was, anybody could have extracted the money from Margaret’s backpack at any time, removed a wad of cash, and replaced the pilfered packet. Or she, or one of the other collectors, had miscounted. It wasn’t as if we were talking about a school full of mathematical geniuses, even if their hearts were in the right place.
Her forehead had a long, vertical wrinkle down its middle. “Before you go,” she said, “I’ve been wanting to ask…do you…did you wonder…when you heard…” She took another deep breath and cleared her throat. ” “She wouldn’t use pills and booze? ” He’d spoken too loudly, so that people nearby turned to watch. “I mean she wouldn’t commit suicide,” Sasha said. “It doesn’t fit her. She was upbeat, looking forward—” “Wait a minute! ” Dennis’s face darkened as if his blood had been rerouted and was pounding its way toward the skin.
Among the wedding gifts for Phoebe and Nelson had been a set of towels that had the entire alphabet embroidered along the hem. “Pre-emptive monograms,” the gift giver called it. Nelson Ennis should have seen the writing on the towel and known he was a short-timer, and indeed, he didn’t make it to the getting-divorced stage. He was done in by an out-of-control motorcycle, barely a year into his marriage. Phoebe probably would have found herself Mr. “F,” too, except that she ended the progression by killing herself.
All's Well That Ends: An Amanda Pepper Mystery by Gillian Roberts