By Carolyn G. Hart
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What would they do without her? I WANT ALL OF them. ” The penetrating voice grated on Annie Laurence’s ear drum. Her hand tightened on the receiver, but she kept her reply light and cheerful. Think of it this way, she lectured herself, every demand by Mrs. Brawley translated into a cordial hum on the cash register. “I don’t believe they’ve all been reprinted yet. ” “Hildegarde Withers is wonderful! ” The tone was accusing. Annie didn’t quite see it as a capital offense, but she murmured agreement.
Cyanide in a bottle, if mixed in a punch, could fell hundreds. ” “I prefer to entertain my customers, not kill them,” she retorted. She glanced around. Actually, the increase in customers at Death on Demand this spring had been phenomenal—and she didn’t believe it had anything to do with her notoriety as half of the team which solved the first murders in modern times on Broward’s Rock. At least not much. They came because they wanted to see the shop. Some wanted books. After all, she carried the best selection of mystery and suspense novels this side of Atlanta.
Hers was the first car aboard. Stumpy Ben Parotti waved to her from the cabin. As the ferry lurched away from the dock, Annie pulled on her cherry-red cable-knit cardigan and got out of her aging blue Volvo to stand next to the railing. The cool April air was perfumed with fish, saltwater, and tar. She breathed deeply. Broward’s Rock was the best place in the world to live, an unspoiled island with civilization’s amenities. Pity those poor deprived millions who called someplace else home. Leaning on the metal railing, she shaded her eyes from the noon sun and looked across the softly green waters of Port Royal Sound at the mainland, then fished a thin book from her pocket.
Design for Murder by Carolyn G. Hart