Gilt By Association: A Den of Antiquity Mystery by Tamar Myers

By Tamar Myers

Petite, indomitable North Carolinian Abigail Timberlake rose gloriously up from the ashes of divorce--parlaying her savvy approximately beautiful previous issues right into a thriving antiques firm: the Den of Antiquity. Now she's a strength to be reckoned with in Charlotte's close-knit global of experts, eccentrics and cuttthroat buyers. yet a good, gilt-edged 18th-century French armoire she bought for a tune at property public sale has simply arrived in addition to whatever she did not pay for: a lifeless body.

Suddenly her store is against the law scene--and closed to the general public in the course of the busiest buying season of the year--so Abigail is set to hurry the lumbering police research alongside. yet novice sleuthing is prime the feisty antiques specialist right into a murderous mess of dysfunctional family members secrets and techniques. And the following cadaver chanced on crammed into fantastic previous furnishings might finally end up being Abigail's own.

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Come on inside,” he said, and turned and went in. I followed, understandably nervous. I had no desire to see whatever it was that supposedly gave three people heart attacks. And if the man laid a hand on me, one or both of us was going to be sorry. I once took a self-defense class and know how to do unspeakable things to the soft round organs on a man’s body (their eyes included), but I certainly didn’t want to put my knowledge to the test. It took only a few seconds to see that Dr. Bowman was not into antiques.

It was beyond me just why an elderly woman would want to have someone killed, but it seemed a worthwhile thing to check out. If the world is indeed going to hell in a handbasket, as Mama claims, there is no reason Charlotte should be exempt. They say that old money can afford to present a shabby side to the world. It has nothing to prove. By this measuring stick the Barras family made its fortune when God was still a child. The magnificent Greek Revival mansion of Lottie Bell Barras Bowman is all but hidden behind a GILT BY ASSOCIATION / 35 tangle of overgrown camellias, azaleas, and aucuba.

I nodded. ” “She did? ” I shrugged and mumbled something about the days all running together, how that happens to people my age. She smiled. “You’re either Irish or a reporter. Or both. ” Her smile vanished. I had a feeling she was going to slam the door. “I’m not a reporter,” I said quickly. ” The door opened wide. ” I followed her into the most exquisite living room I have ever been in. The walls were a rich orange-red—not as red as Chinese red—and tinged with just a hint of brown. Stepping into that room felt like being hugged.

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