The Christie Caper  by Carolyn Hart

By Carolyn Hart

A gaggle of Christie buffs. . .In honor of Agatha Christie's 100th birthday, secret bookstall proprietor Annie Laurance Darling plans a week-long social gathering of puzzle, treasure hunts, identify clues, and Christie trivialities. but while the champagne is chilling and the satisfied visitors commence arriving on Broward's Rock Island, Annie feels a niggling feel of doom. however the last item she or her site visitors count on is that the scheduled enjoyable and mayhem will comprise a real-life homicide. The unforeseen arrival of Neil Bledsoe, the main despised ebook critic in the USA, was once bound to increase a number of hackles. An recommend of hard-boiled detection and gory real crime, Bledsoe drops a bombshell at the dedicated Christie assemblage: he is penning a scurrilous biography of the grand dame of suspense herself. sooner than the 1st name clue is solved, at the very least makes an attempt are made on Bledsoe's existence. Now Annie and her unflappable husband, Max Darling, locate themselves attempting to cease a homicide within the making-only the 1st corpse is not the one they are looking ahead to. . .and it is not the final.

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Annie felt a glow of eagerness. Everything was in readiness here at Death on Demand. She glanced at her watch (an el cheapo on a sturdy plastic band; the very word Rolex raised her hackles). Almost four. Maybe there would be time for a jog and, if Max were home early, not an unlikely occurrence, other afternoon delights. She switched off the lights, leaving the bookstore in dimness, and stepped into the storeroom. She paused to pet Agatha, ignoring the low growl, and heard the muffled jangle of the bell at the front door.

Her bright orange lipstick almost matched the vivid spots of anger on her cheeks. “Why didn’t you tell me—tell any of us—that Neil Bledsoe was coming? ” “Wait a minute. Wait a minute! Emma, I don’t know what you’re talking about. ” Emma’s pale blue eyes examined Annie like a scalpel searching for nerves. Slowly, the ugly flush began to recede from her square face. ” “Emma, it doesn’t work like that. You know that. This conference is being run just like all the rest. ” Lady Gwendolyn was, for sure, a Big Name.

Emma jerked the wheel hard right. The Jaguar cut swiftly into the drive to the hotel entrance. Caught unaware, Annie jerked leftward, kept from falling only by the restraining seat belt. She didn’t even have time to scream, it all happened so quickly. Wind swept through the windows as the sports car snarled forward, faster, faster. Ahead of them, a man in a tropical white suit bent to open the trunk of a Lincoln Town Car. As the roar of the car rose higher and higher, he whirled around and lifted his arms, as if to stop the metal juggernaut.

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