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All's Well That Ends: An Amanda Pepper Mystery by Gillian Roberts

By Gillian Roberts

Barring the standard teenage pranks, all turns out peaceable at Philly Prep, the non-public institution in Philadelphia the place Amanda Pepper teaches English. doubtless the money that looks to be lacking from money accrued to help sufferers of a catastrophic typhoon Down South will take place. most likely the rumor that a few of Amanda’s scholars have found the thrills of playing is completely unfounded.

In any case, Amanda has different issues to contemplate. Her husband, deepest investigator C. okay. MacKenzie, is suffering to assist his Louisiana relations reconstruct their post-hurricane lives. Her pal Sasha’s stepmother has simply devoted suicide–although, based on Sasha, Phoebe Ennis might by no means have killed herself, in particular no longer 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 loss of life, notwithstanding the facts for foul play is slender. real, the middle-aged compulsive collector of knickknacks wasn’t universally enjoyed. Phoebe’s personal son hated her and he or she bored her associates to demise 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 lifeless in Phoebe’s residence, it turns into transparent that whatever is certainly murderously amiss, and masses toward domestic than Amanda or a person 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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Next time? For two decades, I’ve been privileged to have the late Marilyn Wallace as my dear friend and first reader. This would be a better book and a better world had she been able to stay longer. One She was the best of mothers, she was the worst of mothers. ” Dennis’s words made me want to snatch the silver martini pitcher from his hand and smash him with it, even though that would make my behavior as inappropriate as his was. We were paying our last respects, except for Dennis, who was paying his final disrespects.

Mackenzie prompted when it was obvious her thoughts had drifted away from the story. “He hadn’t sounded all that stupid on the phone, not world-class stupid, but for all I know, he had somebody else speak for him. ” She nodded. “I was surprised to find out that I did. We met at a restaurant. I was there first, and in he swaggered with the kind of missing-link looks that prove not everybody fully evolved from the apes. Can you remember the experience of praying that an approaching person is not your blind date?

This is not about you. For once in your life can you not be histrionic? You’re just like her—everything’s dramatic and oversized. You want headlines, investigations, your fifteen minutes of fame? Find it somewhere else. ” “And it’s just like you to want to believe your own mother killed herself. Why would she? ” At six feet, Sasha was as tall as Dennis, and with the high-heeled boots and enormous hat, taller still, so she held her ground. The hostility radiating off him would have floored a smaller woman.

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