A Streetcar Named Expire by Mary Daheim
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 hands into expensive condominiums. yet involved contractor George Guthrie fears that well-heeled strength purchasers may perhaps blanch after they find out about the four-decades-dead physique that was once stashed at the back of the crumbling partitions of the moldy manse. And ever-inquisitive Judith's discovery of a few even more contemporary is still at the premises threatens to se estate values throughout 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 hooked up. however, Judith's able to construct a powerful case to that impact -- except a few homicidal somebody makes a decision to deconstruct her first!
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Mavis Lean-Brodie and a handsome young Asian man were seated behind a desk with the KINE-TV logo prominently displayed. “. . In the polluted waters of Lake . ” Mavis was saying as the picture on the screen switched to a brackish pool. “That’s not me,” Judith said with relief. ” “I’m good,” Renie said. ” An overhead shot of the Pentagon appeared next. “That’s not me,” Judith repeated. “Air strikes,” “overt aggression,” and “unspeakable atrocities” were the phrases that ﬂoated from a grim-visaged man in a dark suit and muted tie.
You know . . ” Mavis winked. ” Judith winced. ” She turned to one of the cameramen. “Get a close-up of that Hillside Manor sign next to the sidewalk. Very tasteful, very discreet,” she added in approval. “Cousin Renie did it,” Judith gulped. ” Mavis rolled her eyes. “Now—go inside, shut the door, and come out again. Smiling. ” As usual, Judith couldn’t say no. With a heavy sigh, she did as she was told. She was certain that the smile she presented for the camera probably looked like a death mask.
The commute had already begun, with vehicles streaming toward the freeway entrance less than a mile away. Drumming her nails on the steering wheel, she gave a start when someone tapped on her window. ” mouthed Alfred Ashe. ” Quickly, Judith rolled the window down. “Dr. Ashe,” she said in surprise. ” “It was nothing,” Alfred said modestly. ” Judith nodded grimly. “I’m afraid so. ” Alfred looked miffed, his long eyelashes swooping downward. “The police had to question each of us, and then some of the other tourists had appointments elsewhere, so we had to get rainchecks.