By Gillian Roberts
Barring the standard teenage pranks, all turns out peaceable at Philly Prep, the non-public college in Philadelphia the place Amanda Pepper teaches English. doubtless the cash that looks to be lacking from money gathered to help sufferers of a catastrophic typhoon Down South will occur. 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, deepest investigator C. okay. MacKenzie, is suffering to assist his Louisiana kin reconstruct their post-hurricane lives. Her good friend Sasha’s stepmother has simply dedicated suicide–although, in line with Sasha, Phoebe Ennis might by no means have killed herself, specially no longer whereas having a drink and donning a crimson silk shirt and purple sandals with four-inch heels.
Amanda isn’t persuaded yet reluctantly consents to aid examine the woman’s loss of life, although the facts for foul play is slender. precise, the middle-aged compulsive collector of knickknacks wasn’t universally enjoyed. Phoebe’s personal son hated her and she or he 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 useless in Phoebe’s apartment, it turns into transparent that whatever is certainly murderously amiss, and masses toward domestic than Amanda or a person 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 enjoyable. Amanda’s farewell event brings the genius of “the Dorothy Parker of puzzle writers” (Nancy Pickard) into complete flower, and the bloom is nice and a ask yourself to behold.
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She also hadn’t considered the park’s rules that forbid alcohol, let alone carousing. And while the official rules kept mum about our particular situation, I doubted that dumping charred human remains into the clear creek was permitted. Launching Phoebe into a different existence therefore had a hurried, surreptitious air. Raising bubbling crystal glasses while walkers and runners witnessed it would have been too flagrant. Raising empty glasses felt terribly wrong. Dennis had forged a compromise by using innocuous white Styrofoam cups and hiding the champagne in a duffel bag.
I didn’t even know why they were there in movies, let alone in real life. What did they expect to see? A killer suddenly throwing himself on the coffin and confessing? Villains twirling moustaches and chortling over their evil accomplishments? Meaningful glances among conspirators? Why would a murderer attend his victim’s funeral? But since Sasha’s current craziness was a by-product of her sadness, I honored it and stood here, wishing I knew what I was supposed to notice beyond a clump of shivering red-nosed people.
Make that Cher LaCombs, the new female sleuth. 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.
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