By Gillian Roberts

Barring the standard teenage pranks, all turns out peaceable at Philly Prep, the personal institution in Philadelphia the place Amanda Pepper teaches English. doubtless the money that looks to be lacking from money accrued to assist sufferers of a catastrophic typhoon Down South will take place. most likely the rumor that a few of Amanda’s scholars have came across the thrills of playing is completely unfounded.

In any case, Amanda has different issues to consider. Her husband, inner most investigator C. okay. MacKenzie, is suffering to aid his Louisiana kin reconstruct their post-hurricane lives. Her pal Sasha’s stepmother has simply dedicated suicide–although, based on Sasha, Phoebe Ennis might by no means have killed herself, specifically now not whereas having a drink and donning a pink silk shirt and crimson 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. actual, the middle-aged compulsive collector of knickknacks wasn’t universally enjoyed. Phoebe’s personal son hated her and she or he bored her neighbors 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 girl is located useless in Phoebe’s residence, it turns into transparent that whatever is certainly murderously amiss, and masses towards 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 exciting. Amanda’s farewell event brings the genius of “the Dorothy Parker of puzzle writers” (Nancy Pickard) into complete flower, and the bloom is good and a ask yourself to behold.

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She’d wed, in order: Harvey Allenby, Charlie Berg, Bert Carnero, Max Delahunt, and Nelson Ennis. Among the wedding gifts for Phoebe and Nelson had been a set of towels that had the entire alphabet embroidered along the hem. “Pre-emptive monograms,” the gift giver called it. Nelson Ennis should have seen the writing on the towel and known he was a short-timer, and indeed, he didn’t make it to the getting-divorced stage. He was done in by an out-of-control motorcycle, barely a year into his marriage.

That was putting it mildly. Divorce was Phoebe’s only method of getting rid of excess possessions. K. asked. “She had a date. She simply hadn’t told me about him. Dressed up. ” I asked. ” she said. “I’m not a detective. ” “Hardly,” I murmured. I am tired of needing to demur, but neither can I speed up the process of becoming an actual investigator. ” Mackenzie’s accent had increased since the hurricane, as if carefully preserving that remaining bit of Louisiana, no matter what. Sasha shook her head.

He chewed out the two women—blaming Phoebe in particular because she hadn’t risked a cent of her own. He said they were bleeding him dry and he wasn’t going to stand for it anymore. ” Sasha sighed again and shook her head, though nobody had offered her anything. “The real story was that Marc Wilkins was revving up to dump Merilee. He’d found somebody newer, and the floundering pet shop—his lost trust fund cash flow—was the pretense for his splitting. The crazy thing is that instead of being furious with him, which would have been rational, Merilee turned on Phoebe.

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