By Edie Claire
Leigh and Aunt Bess suspect the Reverend Humphrey is a con-artist. yet you cannot examine a suspect you cannot find-and all over Leigh seems to be she turns up extra facts that the lacking parson fell sufferer to foul play...."Edie Claire writes with a method and sprint, developing characters with actual pains, aches, fears, and foibles...sheer delight."-Carolyn Hart"Leigh Koslow makes for an interesting heroine."-Jessica Speart"Bright, breezy, and witty."-Tamar Myers• third within the acclaimed Leigh Koslow secret sequence
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Desk informed her that her aunt had been admitted to the intermediate care unit. Too antsy to wait for an elevator, Leigh located a stairwell and hastily climbed to the third floor. It was eerily quiet, and she could hear her heart pounding in her ears as she opened the door to the intermediate care waiting area. The small lobby was separated from the patient area by thick glass windows, through which she could see the woman she sought in a bed by the far wall. Bess Cogley, Leigh's mother's older sister and the self-proclaimed black sheep of the Morton clan, sat propped up on a series of pillows, her body consuming a large majority of the slim hospital bed.
Bess scratched all the cats she could reach. "I can’t tell you how much I appreciate what you've done for me, kiddo," she said, turning to Leigh again. "Especially bringing these clothes for me. " Leigh's eyebrows rose. "I hung the jacket up in the coat closet. " Bess asked quickly, her eyes anxious again. "No, I threw that away," Leigh assured, just a little proud of her deviousness. "Now, perhaps you can tell me why—" Her question was interrupted by the doorbell, and Bess jumped. "Oh, Lord. " Leigh walked over to peer through one of the narrow stained-glass windows that flanked the front door.
Don't even think about it. " "I'm getting to that," the older woman answered, lowering her chin. "Be patient. I looked around the living room and kitchen and couldn't find anything interesting. " Leigh asked, surprised. " Bess scoffed. "Where is she, period? Zaire, Zimbabwe…some Z place. He says his wife is a foreign missionary, and that as much as it pains them, their calling is to live apart. " Leigh's eyebrows rose. " "I don’t think she exists," Bess announced. "I think she's a scam too, to protect him from the attentions of his parishioners.