All's Well That Ends (An Amanda Pepper Mystery)

Barring the standard teenage pranks, all turns out peaceable at Philly Prep, the personal university in Philadelphia the place Amanda Pepper teaches English. without doubt the money that looks to be lacking from money amassed to assist sufferers of a catastrophic typhoon Down South will happen. most likely the rumor that a few of Amanda's scholars have chanced on the thrills of playing is completely unfounded.

In any case, Amanda has different issues to contemplate. Her husband, inner most investigator C. okay. MacKenzie, is suffering to aid his Louisiana relations reconstruct their post-hurricane lives. Her pal Sasha's stepmother has simply dedicated suicide―although, based on Sasha, Phoebe Ennis may by no means have killed herself, in particular now not whereas having a drink and donning a pink silk shirt and purple sandals with four-inch heels.

Amanda isn't really persuaded yet reluctantly consents to aid examine the woman's death, although the proof for foul play is slender. precise, the middle-aged compulsive collector of knickknacks wasn't universally enjoyed. Phoebe's personal son hated her and she or he bored her acquaintances to loss of life with tricks of her “royal” lineage. And with 4 marriages in the back of her, she used to be already getting ready to announce her renewed availability on the internet. but if one other lady is located lifeless in Phoebe's condo, it turns into transparent that whatever is certainly murderously amiss, and lots more and plenty in the direction of domestic than Amanda or somebody else can have imagined.

All's good That Ends is the ultimate e-book in Gillian Roberts's acclaimed Amanda Pepper sequence. it is also the simplest, 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 good and a ask yourself to behold.

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Oh,” she acknowledged quietly. “I inspiration might be you…nah. ” i attempted to get into Phoebe’s on-line monetary account, yet I didn’t have her password. I’d need to depart discovering it as much as Mackenzie or Ozzie. There wasn’t all that a lot else. i may visit all of the websites and spot what she’d acquired if I found out her password, yet I couldn’t see the purpose. “There’s a calendar application on here,” I acknowledged. “That might be worthwhile. Who used to be she watching for to determine that final night of her existence? ” however it used to be password safe, and that i felt stymied and frustrated at having to make every little thing wait till i discovered a working laptop or computer genius to decipher the password. I ate my final slice of poultry breast, and checked out the immaculate flatware for a second earlier than I remembered. “Sasha, what was once Phoebe’s maiden identify? ” She proposal for a second. “Something weathery. summer season? wintry weather? Rayne? River? ” “River isn’t weathery. It’s geologically. ” “Got it—Breeze! She acknowledged it had as soon as been French and whatever like deBreece, however the teenagers made enjoyable of it and referred to as it “debris” after which known as her ‘Trashie. ’ So her mom, who had additionally hated the identify, dropped the ‘de’ half and altered the spelling. Or so the tale went. ” one other “B,” so the monograms at the silver might have been from a greater day for the deBreece kin. Or— “Did your father and Phoebe have sterling silver flatware with their preliminary on it? form of ornate? ” Sasha’s brow wrinkled. “Can’t remember,” she stated. “Maybe. I do bear in mind her surroundings what one other girl referred to as ‘quite a desk. ’ The expression caught simply because i discovered it so bizarre again then. and that i do have a reminiscence of assisting Phoebe polish spoons that drove me loopy for the entire little creases and crevasses within the layout. So maybe…but all of the comparable, I wouldn’t imagine so. in terms of spending cash on other halves, in place of spending it on fiancées or dates, Dad will be frugal. Why? Did you spot whatever? ” “I heard approximately it, didn’t see it. Ramona pointed out it. You didn’t run throughout a collection of monogrammed silver? it's going to nonetheless be the following. ” “Maybe within the eating room. I didn’t get there but. ” She went to appear whereas I made notes and browse a clipping I’d taken off the fridge. it appears, Antiques Roadshow used to be coming to New Jersey, and Phoebe had sought after an opportunity to join it. terrible girl, so definite the realm could enjoy her “treasures” up to she did. The desktop glowed, retaining its secrets and techniques. in the meantime, I performed with a number of spellings of “Breece,” “Breeze,” “Debrise,” and “debris. ” Caps and lowercase. Frenchified spelling or Anglo-Saxon. “Here’s the silver, and that i do commit it to memory. ” Sasha got here into the kitchen sporting a wide wood field. “I hated it again then. So clunky and heavy-looking, yet apart from desiring to be polished, it’s very nice. ” She was once correct on either counts. It was once gorgeous certainly, and sharpening it might be a complain. “You should still certainly retain it. It’s attractive. ” I typed one other blend at the desktop. “Eureka! ‘Breezy’ did it. It’s her password, and I’m in! ” I scrolled to the calendar functionality, then to the month of December.

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