By Laura Durham
The homicide of a very tricky mother-of-the-bride has forged a pall on marriage ceremony planner Annabelle Archer's most recent triumph -- and suspicion falls seriously on her sometime-business associate and good friend Richard Gerard. Annabelle is aware that even her depended on marriage ceremony emergency package can't salvage their careers if she and Richard cannot locate the genuine perpetrator. it really is no effortless activity because the slain matron used to be might be the main hated socialite in D.C., yet Annabelle navigates in the course of the city's colourful marriage ceremony and robust social scene at the lethal path of a killer. constantly the bridal advisor and not the bride, she's visible her justifiable share of bouquet tosses. yet there is not any telling what surprises a ruthless killer will throw her approach if she will get too shut.
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That happened before I knew you,” I reminded him. ” Richard let out a long breath. ” “That’s why you fainted? Well, food poisoning is totally different from murder. ” Richard’s voice became shrill. “You know how people in this industry talk, Annabelle. ” I walked from my bedroom to my office and flipped on the light. Small Tiffany-blue favor boxes for my next wedding covered the floor, so I leaned into the room as far as I could and craned to see the phone on my desk. I moved a mound of pastel file folders out of the way and could see the business line’s answering-machine display blinking red.
Richard wagged an ovenmitted finger. ” “I’m not trying to solve anything, but it doesn’t hurt for us to keep our ears open tonight,” I insisted. ” I gulped hard as someone began rapping on the door. ” I stuck my head in the kitchen door and Richard glared at me. ” “Stunning. You’ve got to hold them off for a few minutes. ” He shooed me away with a handful of parsley. ” I balanced the silver tray of filled wine glasses on my arm. “Perfect. ” I winked at Richard. ” When I walked back to the living room several more couples had arrived.
The shopping bag full of clothes I’d meant to take to the dry cleaners the week before had been ripped open, its contents emptied onto a chair. Tiny candy hearts littered the floor in bits and pieces. Detective Reese walked past me into the room. ” Richard came in to stand next to me and had his hands on his hips surveying the damage. “What I mean is that it appears that your stereo and TV were untouched. ” Richard began picking 50 Laura Durham my clothes up off the floor, and then spotted my dining table covered with scattered papers.