By Mary Daheim
On the market: luxurious Condos, Corpse integrated only a stone's throw from Judith McMonigle Flynn's thriving Hillside Manor, workmen are busy renovating the elegantly decrepit Alhambra palms into dear condominiums. yet involved contractor George Guthrie fears that well-heeled power purchasers may perhaps blanch once they find out about the four-decades-dead physique that was once stashed in the back of the crumbling partitions of the moldy manse. And ever-inquisitive Judith's discovery of a few even more fresh continues to be at the premises threatens to se estate values during the floorboards--and Guthrie during the roof! either her expert detective husband Joe and her partner-in-crime fixing cousin Renie imagine Judith is bonkers to suspect that the 2 killings are attached. however, Judith's able to construct a robust case to that impact -- except a few homicidal a person comes to a decision to deconstruct her first!
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If I can make it, you can. Anyway,” she added, “it’s only four blocks straight up. ” Renie made muttering noises, but traipsed behind Judith. After the noisy, crowded, stuffy bedroom with its gruesome remains, the walk uphill was more restorative than demanding. The mountain ash, maple, and chestnut trees were still in full leaf, providing welcome shade. Judith took deep breaths, savoring the blooms of a climbing rose on the wall of a big brick apartment 32 Mary Daheim house in the next block.
THREE Only then did it dawn on Judith that she might have ﬂed a crime scene. So unreal was the discovery of Mrs. Carrabas’s body, so highly suspect, so utterly incredible, that Judith refused to believe any of it was real. Picking up her glass, she swigged down Scotch and tried to collect herself. ” she whispered as Renie waited between the swinging doors. Renie shrugged. “Nobody’s talking. About that, I mean,” she added cryptically. Curious, as well as upset, Judith followed Renie into the entry hall, where two uniformed ofﬁcers stood outside the near door to the front parlor.
Moving along the bal- A STREETCAR NAMED EXPIRE 23 cony, they ﬁnally reached the rear of the building, where Nan took up her tale. “On a dark and rainy day in the autumn of 1946, Dorothy Meacham went downtown to buy a billfold for Harry’s birthday present. Harry, who was going to the university to study engineering on the GI bill and working part-time at a clock company, got home around six. He was surprised to ﬁnd that neither his wife nor his daughter was at the apartment. Dorothy had left a note saying that she would return by four and pick up Anne-Marie, who was visiting a friend.
A Streetcar Named Expire by Mary Daheim