Trouble in Spades: A Nina Quinn Mystery by Heather Webber

By Heather Webber

Landscaping is Nina Quinn's company, yet hassle seems her center identify. Saddled with a lately expelled, faithless local–cop husband, a teenaged terror of a stepson, and the yappiest, such a lot unhousebreakable Chihuahua in captivity, Nina wishes a respite –– and the yard makeover she's venture for her sister Maria and Nate, Maria's fiance, could do the trick. yet, after all, Nate vanishes mysteriously, and Nina's gardening magic inadvertently turns up a corpse. And with a thief at the prowl who is preying at the local aged, a suspicious Pandora's field of a package deal arriving on her doorstep, and yet one more physique inconveniently turning up, Nina's going to need to dig into her community's dirtiest little secrets and techniques to regain her peace and sanity –– if she will have the capacity to remain alive lengthy sufficient to get pleasure from it.

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I turned to Ana. ” Wiping moisture from the corners of her eyes, she snuffled. ” Reluctantly, I remembered she had. I turned to my mother for her reaction. It was unlike Celeste Madeline Chambeau Ceceri to keep quiet for so long. She always had something to say, even when I didn’t want to hear it—which was often. ” She stared into the trifold mirror, mouth agape, her bright blue eyes wide. I followed her doe-in-the-headlights gaze back to the mirror. Shifting my weight, I hoped to blur the horrifying image.

For some reason, I thought of Verona and Colin Frye . . and the missing guest list. ” Kevin shook his head. “No. Too dark. But it took some Trouble in Spades 49 strength to get that door open. ” “Women can be strong,” I said. “She’d have to be really strong,” Kevin said. ” “Women can be really strong,” I said, feeling like arguing. “Nina . ” He sighed. —I couldn’t lift the bathroom window. Okay, maybe twice. And I was fairly strong. ” I grinned. Maria, who wore six hundred dollar shoes and bought designer perfume and makeup, still faithfully used the same hair spray she did in junior high when she teased her hair to impossible heights.

And the memories of that dress would undoubtedly give me nightmares for years to come. As I came out of the dressing area, I noticed that the bridal boutique was empty save my mother, Ana, Armande, and me. Armande was holding both Ana’s hands and looking adoringly into her eyes. The man knew how to charm. Trouble in Spades 37 Ana spotted us, murmured something, and Armande kissed both her cheeks. Decorated in nauseatingly frilly tulle and chiffon, the shop was designed to conjure images of joy, of happily-ever-afters.

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