Barring the standard teenage pranks, all turns out peaceable at Philly Prep, the non-public university in Philadelphia the place Amanda Pepper teaches English. without doubt the cash that looks to be lacking from cash accumulated to help sufferers of a catastrophic storm Down South will happen. most likely the rumor that a few of Amanda's scholars have stumbled on the thrills of playing is completely unfounded.

In any case, Amanda has different issues to consider. Her husband, deepest investigator C. ok. MacKenzie, is suffering to aid his Louisiana family reconstruct their post-hurricane lives. Her buddy Sasha's stepmother has simply devoted suicide―although, in response to Sasha, Phoebe Ennis might by no means have killed herself, specifically no longer whereas having a drink and donning a purple silk shirt and purple sandals with four-inch heels.

Amanda isn't really persuaded yet reluctantly concurs to aid examine the woman's dying, even though the proof 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 pals to dying with tricks of her “royal” lineage. And with 4 marriages in the back of her, she used to be already getting ready to announce her renewed availability on the internet. but if one other lady is located useless in Phoebe's condo, it turns into transparent that anything is certainly murderously amiss, and masses towards domestic than Amanda or somebody else can have imagined.

All's good That Ends is the ultimate e-book in Gillian Roberts's acclaimed Amanda Pepper sequence. it is also the simplest, irresistibly clever, and richly interesting. Amanda's farewell experience brings the genius of “the Dorothy Parker of poser writers” (Nancy Pickard) into complete flower, and the bloom is good and a ask yourself to behold.

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