Fowl Prey by Mary Daheim

By Mary Daheim

Leaving the Hillside manor in able arms, bed-and-breakfast hostess Judith McMonigle heads north to Vancouver's resort Clovia together with her irrepressibly voracious cousin Renie for a pre-Thanksgiving getaway. but if an addled and impoverished popcorn seller is murdered -- with his foul-mouthed puppy parakeet -- a neighborhood copper's suspicious gaze settles at the vacationing american citizens. The cousins, in flip, suspect one of many "Sacred 8" -- an odd-duck collection of glamorous showbiz glitterati at the moment accrued on the old resort. And except Judith and Renie can pluck a killer from the secretive, star-studded team, their ducks may be completely cooked briefly order!

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Thank you, ladies,” he said with an apologetic smile. “I’m sorry you had such an unfortunate incident spoil your visit. Please don’t let it warp your opinion of Port Royal. ” “Of course,” agreed Judith, her sympathy with the detective almost goading her into a confession that she had unwittingly given shelter to a murderer in her very own home less than a year ago. But it was probably best not to 50 / Mary Daheim say so. Unlike Constable Guildford, Angus MacKenzie didn’t seem inclined to detain the cousins in Port Royal.

Hunh. ” Renie inquired, plopping down on the plush sofa and retrieving her drink. Judith was trying to track down a bicycle specialty shop for Mike. “What? ” She scribbled out an address, then glanced at her watch. “Hey, it’s almost six. Let’s get going. ” Renie was scrutinizing her travel wardrobe. ” “Not much choice, with one suitcase apiece,” said Judith, then jumped as a series of explosions rattled the windowpanes. “Damn! ” Renie nodded, less concerned with the revelers out along Empress Drive than her social dilemma.

Or two! ” “Well,” Spud replied, turning ruminative, “I’m not sure they know I’m theirs. You see, we moved around a lot because of my dad’s job, and I was only in town for the four years I was in high school. Then, when I went away to college in Lincoln, it turned out that a lot of Nebraskans work in the New York theater. I made all my contacts through them when I went back East. Everybody in the business thinks of me as a Cornhusker. Somehow, that Midwestern farm boy background was good for my image.

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