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A Fit of Tempera by Mary Daheim

By Mary Daheim

Van Gogh-ing...going...gone!Poor Judith McMonigle Flynn! All she wishes is a much-needed holiday from the trials of operating Hillside Manor. yet she and cousin Renie have slightly set foot of their family's backwoods holiday cottage...and already they're having a broom with the neighborhood legislation. it sounds as if somebody has painted their neighbor, world-renowned artist Riley Tobias, completely out of the image. And the crafty slayer has controlled to border luckless Judith for the crime! however the version beginner sleuth isn't really approximately to take a seat nonetheless for this , as she and her cuz canvas the geographical region looking for a killer. Judith is sure the offender are available within the rogues' gallery of oily brokers, malicious mistresses, and artful critics who inhabited the defunct da Vinci's surrealistic global. however the cousins should be portray themselves right into a harmful nook with this unofficial investigation...and atmosphere themselves up for an additional deadly paintings attack.Poor Judith McMonigle Flynn! All she wishes is a much-needed holiday from the trials of operating Hillside Manor. yet she and cousin Renie have slightly set foot of their family's backwoods holiday cottage...and already they are having a broom with the neighborhood legislations. it sounds as if an individual has painted their neighbor, world-renowned artist Riley Tobias, completely out of the image. And the crafty slayer has controlled to border luckless Judith for the crime! however the version novice sleuth isn't really approximately to sit down nonetheless for this, as she and her cuz canvas the geographical region looking for a killer. Judith is sure the wrongdoer are available within the rogues' gallery of oily brokers, malicious mistresses, and artful critics who inhabited the defunct da Vinci's surrealistic global. however the cousins can be portray themselves right into a harmful nook with this unofficial investigation...and atmosphere themselves up for one more deadly paintings attack.Poor Judith McMonigle Flynn! All she desires is a much-needed holiday from the pains of operating Hillside Manor. yet she and cousin Renie have slightly set foot of their family's backwoods holiday cottage...and already they're having a broom with the neighborhood legislations. it seems that somebody has painted their neighbor, world-renowned artist Riley Tobias, completely out of the image. And the crafty slayer has controlled to border luckless Judith for the crime! however the version novice sleuth isn't really approximately to take a seat nonetheless for this, as she and her cuz canvas the nation-state looking for a killer. Judith is bound the perpetrator are available within the rogues' gallery of oily brokers, malicious mistresses, and artful critics who inhabited the defunct da Vinci's surrealistic global. however the cousins can be portray themselves right into a harmful nook with this unofficial investigation...and environment themselves up for an additional deadly artwork assault.

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Judith leaned over and propped him up. She gave him a little shake. He flipped and flopped, like a soft rag doll. “Ummm-mm, ummm-uhmm…” The odd noise faded; Clive Silvanus was also fading. Crouched in front of the sofa, Renie caught the empty glass as it fell from Clive’s limp hands. “We’ve got to get him out of here,” she whispered. “He’s going to pass out and we’ll be stuck with him. ” muttered Judith, giving Clive another, harder shake. “Wake up! Mr. Silvanus! ” But it was too late. Clive fell away from Judith, his head nestled on a pillow Grandma Grover had covered in crimson corduroy.

He chortled and Dabney grinned. The cousins exchanged more glances, both of them angry, yet trying to warn each other to keep calm. They waited in silence for the next outrage from the undersheriff. He was now scowling, his gray eyes raking over the cabin one more time. Judith thought he lingered a bit too long on the curtain that covered the Murphy bed. ’” The lawmen left without another word. In fact, Judith realized, Dabney Plummer had never spoken at all. She said as much to Renie. “I wouldn’t talk to Costello, either,” Renie replied.

Iris nodded jerkily. “Riley kept some picture-hanging wire in the studio. ” The brief resignation was erased by another look of dismay. “Did you see how tight that wire had been pulled? It had cut into his skin and—” Iris’s vivid description was mercifully interrupted by a pounding at the door. Relieved at being spared a recollection of the gruesome details, Judith leaped to her feet. “I’ll get it. ” It wasn’t. A distinguished middle-aged man wearing a khaki safari suit stood on the small, square back porch that faced the highway.

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