Die for Love by Elizabeth Peters

By Elizabeth Peters

The once a year ancient Romance Writers of the realm conference in manhattan urban is looking to Jacqueline Kirby, a Nebraska librarian who desperately wants a few pleasure. yet all isn't love and kisses at this august amassing of starry-eyed eccentrics and nostalgic scribes. so far as Jacqueline is worried, the surprising "natural" loss of life of a gossip columnist turns out whatever yet. And while she's approached by means of a favored style superstar who fears for her personal lifestyles, the imaginative Ms. Kirby fast is going again to work...as a sleuth. simply because there is a sinister situation being penned at this crimson prose congregation. And whilst jealousy and fervour are given loose rein past the limits of the published web page, the outcome could be homicide.

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Sure. Three pills a day, and the old ticker stays in tempo. Now listen, Betsy, let me give you a few tips. Forget your cutesy signs and your generalized wrath.

But that’s way too much. I can’t afford a hundred and ten dollars a night! You said it would only be—” The desk clerk interrupted Sue’s protest. He spoke in a discreet murmur, but Jacqueline caught a few words. “. . economy rate limited . . reservation misplaced . . ” Sue’s chin wobbled. A single crystalline tear materi- DIE FOR LOVE 47 alized at the corner of her eye and slid gently down the curve of her smooth cheek. “Look at that tear,” said Joe softly. “Like a diamond. It didn’t even plow a track through her makeup.

A brief silence followed. Jean said, “I read about that case in Rome. ” The affair had received considerable coverage, since the protagonists had included a scholar as well known to the lay public as he was to the academic world; and Lieutenant di Cavallo of the Carabinieri had not been averse to publicity. A reminiscent smile curved Jacqueline’s lips. Capri—the tiny hotel near the ruins of Tiberius’ palace, the private beach they had found. . Lost in fond memories, she missed Jean’s next comment and had to ask her to repeat it.

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