By Lorna Barrett
Secret book place proprietor Tricia Miles has been spending extra time fixing whodunits than interpreting them. Now a close-by fuel explosion has injured Tricia's sister's boyfriend, Bob Kelly, the pinnacle of the Chamber of trade, and killed the landlord of the town's heritage book place. Tricia's by no means been partial to Bob, but if she reads that he is being tight-lipped in regards to the "accident", it is time to take motion.
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Yes, I do. " "Within a dollar or two. You know how it is--take a penny, leave a penny. " "The cafe's cash didn't match the orders. " "Mmm," Tricia halfheartedly agreed. " Angelica asked. "No. She probably just forgot. And I'm not surprised, either. She was extremely upset about Jim Roth's death. " Angelica gushed. "Nope. His mother decided not to hold a funeral, so Frannie's planning a memorial service. " "Poor Frannie. And damn, I can't be there. " "Poor Frannie? Don't you mean poor Jim? He's the one who was pulverized," Tricia reminded her sister.
Mr. Roth failed to pay his dues in January. " "I believe Jim was the first bookseller to join the Chamber. He was a member in good standing for at least four years. " "As I said, the Chamber is not a charity. " If Frannie was still the face of the Chamber, she wouldn't have been so coldhearted. She would have found some way to find the funds. Then again, Frannie hated Jim's mother and would probably be upset if she'd been asked to do so. Goodness, what a tangled web . . It was with relief that Tricia put down the phone and went back to the business of bookselling.
Maybe it was only guilt, but it had been the first contact he'd initiated since their split. She would not disregard that, but neither could she give it too much credence. It was what it was--only a locket and chain--but at least Christopher had thought fondly of her, and she could accept that at face value. Tricia shook herself. --age. Never mind. She had two errands to run that morning--with both venues opening at nine o'clock. That gave her only an hour before Haven't Got a Clue opened at ten.