WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS…IT’S MURDER
Faberville bookstore owner Claire Malloy is ruminating over the state of her love life when she gets disturbing news. Elderly Miss Emily Parchester is up a tree. Chained to an old oak, packing a thermos of tea and a gun, the retired schoolteacher is ready to go down with the ship, or rather the tree, before she’ll let another historic piece of Farberville be bulldozed in the name of “progress,” i.e., developer Anthony Armstrong’s condominiums.
With Miss Parchester armed, and therefore dangerous, Claire fears this noble act will end tragically. Unfortunately, it does-when someone murders Armstrong. And suddenly Claire herself is out on a limb: a baby has been left on her doorstep, the child’s teenage mom is suspect number one in Armstrong’s death, and Claire needs to find the real killer fast. Especially when she discovers Miss Parchester knows more than she’s willing to tell….
Let’s just say that this was a pleasant read for a cold afternoon when there was nothing on television and my head hurt and I didn’t want to think too much. I will be so glad when this headache goes away.
At first it seems like a prank. How could Veronica Landonwood be the voice on the other end of the phone when she died three decades ago? But as Arkansas bookseller and amateur sleuth Claire Malloy is about to find out, her cousin “Ronnie” is very much alive—and in trouble. And could use Claire’s help…
Today, Ronnie is a renowned scientist living in Chicago. But when she was a teenager, she had a run-in with a famous Hollywood producer in Acapulco, Mexico. He attempted to sexually assault her—and she killed him. Having served time in prison, Ronnie finally put her this episode behind her…until now. Just when she has a real shot at the Nobel Prize, a ruthless blackmailer is threatening to expose the secrets of her past. Can Claire help to preserve Ronnie’s reputation and keep her out of harm’s way? That will depend on Claire’s investigation—and what really happened on the night of the murder so many years ago…
First of all, I love the cover of this installment of the Claire Malloy Mystery Series because I’m a big fan of lime green and it just makes this one pop!
Second, I loved this story better than the previous one and finished it in one day. Although it has just as many entertwined characters, the story line was much more enjoyable because of the setting in fun and exciting Acapulco, Mexico(although Claire and company only saw the seedier side) and the dry deserts of Arizona. I get a kick out of Caron, Claire’s 16 going on 30 daughter, who Claire says talks in “capital letters”. To see what she means by that you’ll have to read this one for yourself. You won’t be sorry.