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All's Well That Ends: An Amanda Pepper Mystery by Gillian Roberts

By Gillian Roberts

Barring the standard teenage pranks, all turns out peaceable at Philly Prep, the non-public institution in Philadelphia the place Amanda Pepper teaches English. doubtless the cash that looks to be lacking from cash gathered to assist sufferers of a catastrophic storm Down South will happen. most likely the rumor that a few of Amanda’s scholars have chanced on the thrills of playing is completely unfounded.

In any case, Amanda has different issues to contemplate. Her husband, inner most investigator C. okay. MacKenzie, is suffering to assist his Louisiana kin reconstruct their post-hurricane lives. Her pal Sasha’s stepmother has simply devoted suicide–although, in response to Sasha, Phoebe Ennis may by no means have killed herself, particularly no longer whereas having a drink and donning a crimson silk shirt and pink sandals with four-inch heels.

Amanda isn’t persuaded yet reluctantly concurs to aid examine the woman’s dying, notwithstanding the proof for foul play is slender. actual, the middle-aged compulsive collector of knickknacks wasn’t universally enjoyed. Phoebe’s personal son hated her and he or she bored her acquaintances to dying with tricks of her “royal” lineage. And with 4 marriages at the back of her, she used to be already getting ready to announce her renewed availability on the web. but if one other lady is located lifeless in Phoebe’s residence, it turns into transparent that whatever is certainly murderously amiss, and masses toward domestic than Amanda or someone else can have imagined.

All’s good That Ends is the ultimate novel in Gillian Roberts’s acclaimed Amanda Pepper sequence. It’s additionally the simplest, irresistibly clever, and richly wonderful. Amanda’s farewell event brings the genius of “the Dorothy Parker of poser writers” (Nancy Pickard) into complete flower, and the bloom is nice and a ask yourself to behold.

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C’est moi. I realized that two entirely likeable young people were staring at me with expressions that belonged on a Save the Children poster. “Let me just remind you that lots of the donations, at least in my homeroom, are in small coins, so it’s easy enough for the person tallying it up to mix up a nickel and a quarter or…” Wrong response. If anything, their eyes grew wider, their lips more tightly compressed. I continued on with the vocabulary list. Sad that Dickens could assume his magazine readers already knew the words I was writing on the board, all of which were still in use, and none of which my ninth grade class would be likely to have in their vocabulary.

It’s very sad,” Mackenzie murmured politely. At some point within the past minute, I’d seen his attention drift again, and while he was properly sympathetic and even asking questions by rote, Sasha’s friend and former stepmother, Phoebe, no longer occupied much of his mind. ” Sasha asked. Mackenzie snapped back to attention. “Me? ” “Find out who killed her. I can pay you. ” “Sasha,” he said softly, “grief does strange things, including making us look for a villain, a source, an explanation. Phoebe must have been lonely.

And then we added it up,” Margaret said. ” My thoughts wandered back to coffee. Margaret and Eddie meant well, but surely numbers the homeroom collectors remembered were not a solid basis for a challenge. Besides, I had nothing to do with the collection except to be delighted that the students had thought of it. Margaret waved the bulletin again. ” I nodded. “I know. I receive the bulletin each morning, too. ” I was. After all, aside from my own household, the hurricane wasn’t front-page news anymore, and teenaged memories are no longer than their adult counterparts’.

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